We’ve all experienced that moment of euphoria when we see a festival lineup drop with all our favorite artists playing. But, if the event is happening far away from home, it may cause some nervousness about how to get there. Don’t stress! This is your ultimate guide to planning a festival road trip. Grab your snacks, plan your playlist, and buckle up, because we’re hitting the road!
Make plans with your festival crew. I recommend driving with one or two friends in your car, if possible. This way, you can take turns driving (and napping) and you have a solid buddy system in place when you get to the festival.
Plan a few stops along the way. Yes, you’ll have to pull over for gas and bathroom breaks. Boring! It makes the trip way more exciting if you can stop at some cool locations along your journey. See if there are any fun state parks, museums, or outdoor areas worth exploring on the way. You can stretch your legs and make the most of your road trip.
Planning an overnight? Book a hotel in advance, if you can, to get the best prices. You can map out your journey and plan to split up the drive with a nice hotel pit stop on the way. Be sure to find a comfortable place to sleep after the festival, before driving all the way home. Driving while tired is extremely dangerous, so set yourself up for success by planning to rest before driving home.
Make sure your vehicle is safe for long distance travel before you leave. Get your oil changed, pack your AAA card in your wallet, make sure you have a spare tire on hand, and put plenty of air in your tires.
Pack safely. Avoid over packing your back seat so you can still see out of your rear view mirror. Take down anything hanging in your front mirror and avoid painting anything on your car or windows that could make police want to pull you over.
Keep your toiletries like your toothbrush, hair brush, and deodorant handy. If you need to freshen up along the road, you’ll be glad these are easy to access.
Pack some clothes for the drive home in a separate, sealed bag. You’ll be thankful to have a dry, comfortable outfit that doesn’t smell like a festival! This is especially true for a camping festival. I recommend keeping these items in your car or in a place where you can easily access them when you're heading out.
Load up on snacks, water, and energy drinks to keep you focused while you drive. If possible, try to pack some healthy snacks to keep your immune system boosted along your journey. You can always pack a small cooler to sit with you in the front seat, loaded with veggies and dip, iced coffee, or sandwiches.
Make a playlist for your road trip. This way, you won’t have to fumble with tunes while you drive. I like downloading long mixes that take me on a journey without the need to switch songs every few minutes. Don’t forget a charger adapter for your car in case you need to charge up along the way.
In the weeks leading up to your trip, be sure you have plenty of funds saved for food, gas, and any emergency car repairs or hotel stops. It's also a good idea to double check that you have your proof of insurance and registration in your car before you leave—and that you've gotten an oil change recently.
Don’t forget a spare car key! Give it to a friend you’re riding with for safe keeping, just in case you lock yourself out.
Remember to ask your passengers for help if you need anything while you drive, and keep your seatbelts on at all times. Avoid speeding and keep your eyes on the road. If you need to switch drivers or pull over to rest, speak up!
Now that you’ve read these tips on road tripping to a festival, where will you go?! With so many amazing events throughout the US, you’ve got plenty of choices. So, grab your festy fam and plan your next festival road trip!
Halloween is fast approaching, and we all know the best part of this holiday is choosing the ultimate costumes! As ravers, we are no strangers to dressing up, and Halloween is an awesome time to show off our style skills. There are so many directions you can go in when deciding what to be for Halloween, so we’re giving you some suggestions to make your decision a little easier.
Out Of This World
Extraterrestrial themes are huge in the rave world, and Halloween is the best excuse to dress up as a sexy alien or a house-loving astronaut. There are also a ton of opportunities for couples and group costumes that fit this theme! Build an alien squad with your friends in the Cosmic Chaos Alien Costume and the Solstice Kiss Holo Set, or explore the unknown in matching astronaut suits. Add some glitter, and you will surely have an out-of-this-world Halloween experience!
Embrace Your Wild Side
Feeling wild this spooky season? Cowgirl costumes are super cute and perfect for any Halloween event. Embrace your wild side and let loose with a cowboy hat and your best chaps, or make it glam!
Certain costumes will never go out of style. Classic costumes come back every year because they are timeless. If you’re feeling scary this Halloween, try a holographic skeleton or a seductive devil costume. If you’re going for a flirtier vibe, you can never go wrong with the Team Techno Cheerleader outfit. This fit is a fun take on the basic cheerleader costume! You can make any of the classics your own with glitter, accessories, and other modern twists.
Have a legendary Halloween dressed as your favorite mythical creature! Fairies, elves and unicorns are not only charming characters, but they are also very trendy right now. These Fractal Fantasy Fairy Wings will transform any outfit into an enchanting fairy ensemble. You could also pair this Rainbow Unicorn Costume with some sparkly fishnets for a dazzling festival look!
Ravers love to dress up year-round. But if there's one thing that we don't get to do often, it's bring the spooky vibes with scary costumes around Halloween! This time of year is the perfect time to show off your spooky side, with costumes that are gory, creepy, or all around terrifying.
No matter what you decide to be this year, you can’t go wrong. As long as you’re feeling like your best self, you’re going to slay this Halloween!