So you’re about to introduce a friend to the magical world of music festivals. For you, transforming into the ultimate rave babe is probably second nature, but your friend has no idea what to expect. While a festival can be the experience of a lifetime, it can also be overwhelming, especially if you have never been to one before. Here are a few ways to make sure you give your friend the best weekend of their life:
Give them fashion tips
Festival fashion is unique to say the least, so you should give your friend a heads up on how people will generally be dressed. First and foremost, encourage them to be comfortable. The great thing about raves is that no one will judge you for how you’re dressed. They’re going to be on their feet all day so comfort should be a priority. Get your friend up to date on the current festival fashion trends. For example, reflective fits are hot right now, so you could suggest a reflective piece like the Lightning Flash Reflective Crop Top. Don’t forget to offer to share your extensive festival wardrobe to help them look their best! We've added some outfits to this piece that would be great for any first timer.
Help them navigate the grounds
Figuring out a festival’s layout can be confusing. You should make sure your friend knows where important things are like the bathrooms, water stations and med tents. Warn them that the phone reception won’t be great and designate an easily identifiable landmark as a meeting place in case you get separated. Show them around the stages, art installations and shady spots. It's also a good idea to let them know that medical services at festivals are there to help them, so they shouldn't feel afraid to get medical attention if they need it—even for just a band aid!
Make sure they’re prepared
If this is your friend’s first festival, they may not know what to bring. Be their rave mom or dad for the weekend and make sure they always have access to gum, water and band aids. Don’t forget to bring pain killers to your campsite or hotel. They probably aren’t used to dancing for 12 hours at a time! We recommend the Rebel Reflective Hydration Pack so your friend will always have access to water and can store any other essentials they may need. Finally, remind them to bring sunglasses and a fan or jacket depending on the weather.
Teach them about the culture
Rave culture is so special, this will be the perfect way to hype up your friend for their first festival! Make kandi together and teach them how to trade. It will also provide them with a fun way to interact with festival goers and make new friends. Get them excited for their first flow toy light show and show them some other popular festival accessories. Of course, you have to discuss the music! Even if they already know all of the headliners you can introduce them to some smaller artists who will be performing. Festivals are a great place to find new music!
If you do all of this, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. Have fun, and thanks for welcoming a new member to the rave community!