Traveling to distant places to attend music festivals always brings much excitement. It is an entirely different experience than visiting local music events, no matter how big they are.
First, staying in a camp turns every festival into a 24-hours party. More, you can hear some pretty cool foreign bands and performers and interact with people from all over the world. Finally, every time you’re traveling abroad, you have the opportunity to meet other cultures, taste strange food, learn local history and customs and a lot more.
But, if you want to feel safe and relaxed while staying in another country for the festival, you must master several packaging and planning skills, at first.
Always Buy Tickets in Advance
You can find festival tickets at a much lower price if you buy them for a few months in advance. If you’ve already decided to visit the Sziget Festival in Hungary this year, order your tickets as soon as possible.
Be careful — buy only from trusted sources and official retailer sites, so you don’t get tricked and put into an awkward situation after arriving at the festival.
Get Travel Insurance
Be sure to get the insurance that covers various accidents and traveling issues, from thievery to healthcare. It is not recommended just for the festivals, but for every time you go out of the country.
Get Accommodation Near the Venue
When planning to stay in a foreign city, it is advisable to connect your locations so that you can navigate smoothly. If possible, choose a hotel, hostel, or apartment close to the festival venue so you can reach your home by walk at any time.
Also, study local public transportation and get informed in advance about taxi or Uber prices so you can have at least an outline plan about your movement.
Pack Lightly But Wisely
Going to a music festival should not be an overly expensive adventure. That is why you will repeatedly be in a position to move with your luggage – during the transit time, while waiting for public transport or walking to the campsite.
Best advice – never bring heavy and uncomfortable suitcases. Instead, choose the right backpack that can fit everything you need and yet, make your hands free so you can use your phone to check google maps, for example.
Extra tip: When you go to the festival, keep one small bag close to you, to store valuables such as passports, money and credit cards.
Try Not to Look Too Expensive
No matter in which country the festival is hosted, such a massive crowd always attracts many pickpockets. If you want to keep your packets safe, you must follow some basic rules.
At first, you shouldn’t look too noticeable. Try not to show expensive technical equipment, jewelry, and branded wardrobe. Also, never carry a large amount of cash. Even if you get robbed, you can always report your credit card missing and protect your account.
Learn Some of the Local Language
Knowing a few local phrases will help you to communicate with people, but it will also show your respect to the hosts. Gestures like this generally result in more gracious hospitality and even a more enjoyable experience of the destination you are visiting.