How to Survive a Music Festival with Your Family

 A writer for was at this year’s Welcome to Rockville festival in Daytona, Florida.

That’s the show where several acts were unable to perform due to severe weather, and the Foo Fighters had to cancel after Taylor Hawkins died.

After her experience, she put together a list of 10 tips for surviving a music festival with your family.  Here they are:

1.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  You’re probably going to want to check everything out when you get there.  And you’ll also spend a lot of time walking from stage to stage.

2.  Download the festival app if they have one.  You’ll get things like a map of the grounds, updated set times, and weather updates . . . which really came in handy at this year’s Rockville.

3.  Bring ponchos and be prepared for rain.  This one’s self-explanatory.

4.  Take potential weather advisories and evacuations seriously, whether you think the weather is dangerous or not.  Don’t be that idiot who’s like, “I’ve been through worse.”

5.  If you’re driving, pack a cooler with snacks and drinks in your car in case there are weather evacuations.  You may spend a while sitting in the car waiting for the show to start up again.

6.  Stay hydrated.

7.  Use sunscreen.

8.  Take breaks in the shade whenever you can.

9.  Pack bandages for your feet in case of blisters.  As FANTASTIC as this idea is, I’ll bet most people never think of it.

10.  Leave before the end of the final set to beat the crowds . . . unless it’s one of your favorite artists.

(I know people who want to leave early even if it IS one of their favorite bands.  These people have no souls.)