What To And Not To Bring To A Concert
For someone whose first concert was in 2008, I feel that I have learned the ways of the concert goer fairly quickly. So, here are some do's and don't's of the concert experience. Let's start with the do's.
- Wear sneakers
Chances are, you're going to be on your feet for a good amount of time and if you decide to wear a less supportive shoe, your experience probably won't be that comfortable.
- Bring a sweatshirt
Especially when going to an outdoor concert, it's basically imperative to bring a sweatshirt or some kind of jacket. Even in the summer, when you go to a festival that lasts until very late at night, it can get chilly!
- Bring a bag
At almost every concert that you go to, there will be vendors, and you will probably be very tempted to buy clothing or other kinds of merchandise from these vendors, so you will need something to carry these merchandise items. It's not fun worrying about the $20 t-shirt you just bought and whether it's going to fall off from whatever part of your body you just tied it to. It's also not fun to wear tons of layers just because you have nowhere else to put it-it will get hot!
- Bring some snacks and drinks
Some venues don't let you bring in drinks or snacks anymore, but especially in the bigger festivals, if you get the mini bottles of gatorade and shove them in a smaller pocket in your bag then the security won't check it. You can also smuggle snacks in this way and when waters are going for $4 a pop and food can range up to $10 just for a slice of pizza, it's an easy way to save money!
- Wear contacts
Especially when you're going to a concert for a heavier band, the crowd is going to be heavier and more riled up. It's easy to lose your glasses in the crowd and it's no fun having to stuff them in your backpack once you realize this because then you can't see anything!
- Bring a hair tie
Girls, or guys with long hair. No matter how much serum you put in your hair to keep it straight, I guarantee that it will get frizzy at some point during the night. And even if you don't care about this, it will get HOT and you will end up seriously considering ripping off your clothes just to cool off a bit, but here's a tip: putting your hair up makes you significantly cooler!
- Wear appropriate clothing
Wear something that will cover you up enough, but won't be too hot or too restricting. You wouldn't believe how many people's pants I've seen split from a mosh pit or just the flow of the crowd. I know that girls think that jeans so skin tight they should basically be your skin are in now-a-days, and they might be, but they also might not be the best thing to wear to a concert.
- Wear flip flops, other sandals, or heels
Girls, I know that you're going to be tempted to look good for all of the good looking guys that are there, but trust me, at concerts, heels are not your friends. And I know that flip flops are the easiest things to slip on, but they're also the easiest things to slip off, especially when you're in crowds. They're also not the most durable things in the world and, let me tell you, if I had a nickle for every girl I saw running out of a crowd because her shoes broke, I'd be rich. But hey, if you want to support the vendors a little more, that your choice!
- Wear a sweatshirt
Unless you're at an outdoor concert in the middle of winter or you're at an indoor concert that has an unusually strong A/C system, wearing a sweatshirt around really isn't a good idea. You're going to get hot, and you're going to get hot fast. Even in the dead of winter, if the venue you're at is blowing out heat, you're going to get hot with all those bodies around you. Bring it in the bag I told you that you should bring so that you can save it for later!
- Bring a bag
The kind of bag you SHOULD be bringing is a backpack, a mini backpack (Five Below has some), or a drawstring bag. Basically anything that has compartments and a zipper and that you don't give enough of a damn about if it breaks. If you're bringing your brand new Prada hobo to a concert, prepare for it to get at least slightly tarnished. Concerts are as unforgiving as milk when it's left out of the refrigerator for a day or two.
- Bring a full meal
Concerts don't exactly have a microwave just sitting around waiting for you to be able to warm up your food in. Bring small snacks like granola bars and fruit snacks, things that can easily be concealed in the pockets of your bag and won't easily open and spill its contents everywhere therefore messing up anything else you might have in your bag at the time.
- Wear huge jewelry
I've seen all kinds of jewelry at concerts, but generally a rule to go by is the SMALLER the better. Wearing huge hoop earrings or necklaces so long they touch your belly button is not a very good idea at a concert. They could easily be ripped out or get caught on someone else. Unless you're planning on not going into the crowd at all, I'd stay away from such things.
- Wear your favorite shirt
Just like the tip about the bags, you don't want to wear your favorite shirt to a concert. Especially at outside concerts, people will be throwing stuff all over the place. So, if you're wearing your brand new white skirt, prepare for it to be at least slightly tie dyed by the end of the concert. Also wearing loose shirts such as unbutton plaid shirts or something else like that aren't the greatest idea ever. Again, the heavier the genre, the heavier the crowd.
I hope this is a helpful check list for the next time that you attend a concert!