BOOMERS HAD WOODSTOCK. GEN X STARTED LOLLAPOLOOZA. MILLENNIALS WENT COACHELLA.
Now the festival boom has something for everyone. Half of festival goers are past Millennial age. Increasingly, kids are coming with mom and dad.
There’s something for everyone – and music is only the beginning. If you’re looking for new fun, friends or just something new under the sun or stars, here’s how to make the most out of an outdoor festival or even fair after a certain age:
1 – DRESS WISELY
Typically anything goes: dress for comfort or your own personal CosPlay. Either way, a few items make the day—and day after—more comfortable:
Footwear — Expect grounds to be uneven, muddy or dusty. Hiking sandals that dry quickly are ideal. They’re made for rugged ground and long wear. Pack some light rain boots in case of downpour.
Layers — Prepare for warmer, for cooler, for sunnier.
Fanny pack — Not kidding. Pop in earplugs, wet wipes, cash, keys, ID, sunscreen stick, collapsible water bottle and you’re good to go for the day. Can’t fanny? Go for a nylon cross body bag from an outdoors or travel supplier.
2 – KID TIPS
Littles need ear protection, extra snacks, a water bottle with carbiner (you’ll be carrying it), and a blanket to sit, nap and maybe trash at day’s end.
3 – PREPLAN PRIORITIES
Make a shortlist of what you want to see and do. Ask friends to do the same. Check the schedule, listen to some songs (or see artists, playwrights, craft brewers). Make a list of must-dos and discuss with your group. When to split up? Meet up? Go together?
4 – BRING AN RV
Festivals and camping go hand in hand. Ditch the tent or the hotel for an RV. Here’s why:
RVs are a group HQ — Friends have different tastes and heat, sun, crowd and stamina tolerances. An RV is an ideal homebase for people to hang, recharge and reconvene. Even if some stay elsewhere.
Camping fun — New people and late night hangs. RVs give you the social serendipity that tenting delivered when you were 20. You aren’t holing up in a hotel or rental, so the festival is a total experience.
Hotel living — BYO shower. Beer fridges. Screens. A/C. Get the comfort that body, mind and back may demand post-post-college. Plus, your phone stays charged – a bonus with all the video and pics you’ll be posting and saving.
Most festivals have camping — They don’t all have hookups. Check for RV passes ahead of time.
- Know you can camp in an RV without hookups. Called dry camping or boondocking, it’s surprisingly simple with a little planning.
- Identify an RV service center before you go just in case.
5 – LET GO AND LET YOURSELF HAVE FUN
The sweat, dirt, loudness, crowds and spilled beer make festivals great. Pre-planning lets you truly enjoy your experience. There’s always reality to return to on Monday and a shower awaiting for you in your RV!
Whether your crew is small or supersized, five-star or back to nature, there’s an RV that will meet your wanderlust for destination trips and quick weekend getaways. You can find your RV fit here with a quick quiz that intros you to the types and advantages that fits your vibe.