When I wrote the festival survival tips article last year, I hadn't actually yet attended one myself. Well, now that I've been to Bonnaroo, I better understand many of the things I suggested in that article. I also learned a few other things that I think will come in handy to someone attending a festival this year.
With that in mind, here are five more tips you should take heed of before attending a festival.
If you're tent camping, bring a tent that actually fits you
You're not going to be in your tent a lot while you're away hearing the great tunes, but when you have to get some sleep, it's worth it to have a tent that fits you. I'm not a very tall guy (5' 2"), but it was just a little too small for me. Even if it had been just square foot bigger, that would have allowed me to stretch out without hitting the sides every time, causing leaks. You should never expect five-star treatment while camping, but when you're away from home for several days it's the little things that count.
Take the opportunity to sleep at some point
This applies to camping and non-camping festivals, but the opportunities to get some sleep are greater at camping festivals, especially if you're at an all-night festival like Bonnaroo. It is tempting to just stay awake for the whole thing. I can understand this, because many of the best bands are at night.
Don't do this. What's the point of pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion by trying to do it all? Instead, if you pace yourself and get at least some sleep, you'll have a better time. Also, with many festivals held during the hot summer months, that sleep will help you better regulate your body temperature, making your experience safer. I tried my best to get plenty of sleep and I think I had a better time for it. You need not sleep all at night, either. Sleep partially during the day and then you'll still be awake for those late-night shows.