Music Festival Must-Haves!

by Brooke on August 9, 2011

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This past weekend I went to Lollapalooza!  It was my first time going and I had an amazing time!!!  My friends and I went all three days and even toughed it out in the rain. :)

Preparing for the weather, heat, and unexpected can be tricky when going to any music festival.  Being a dietitian, the first thing on my mind was to pack food and water.  The problem with Lollapalooza and other music festivals is that you are not allowed to take in food; however, we were allowed up to two sealed water bottles.  The first day I was not successful at getting in my snacks, but by day two it was all good (snuck them in).

Lesson’s learned:

1)  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches don’t keep well at music festivals.

2)  You really only need one water bottle when there are filling stations.

The nutrition must-have list:

1)  WATER!  Bring 1-2 water bottles with you and drink some every 15-20 minutes.  If you think you are going to be really thirsty check and see if the festival has a Camelbak refilling station.  Lollapalooza had one and there were numerous people wearing them.

2)  Protein bars or  granola bars.  Choose one with 2 grams of fiber or more to stay fuller for longer.

3)  Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

4)  Nuts and/or seeds.  They travel well and make for a great snack. 

5)   Gatorade or G2.  Good for replenishing electrolytes in extreme heat; however, you may not be allowed to take this in. 

The you should probably also bring this must-have list:


2)  Bug spray, Bug Off Wipes, and Benadryl.  Got 12 mosquito bites. 

3)  Band-aids and Neosporin.  I brought both and needed both! 

4)  Blanket.  This one is multi purpose.  I used it for a picnic, as a towel, and as a cape. 

5)  Poncho.  Had one the two days it didn’t rain, but didn’t take it the day it did.  #FAIL



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Dagny August 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

So glad to see SUNSCREEN on your list!!!! There are so many great ones now. I love Neutrogena’s spray products. You don’t even feel them!


Brooke August 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Hi Dagny! I hope you are having a great week :) Yes, I don’t leave home without it!!!


Lauren August 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

such a good checklist, Lisa in my office went as well I’m going to tweet this to her. Lots of foods aren’t heat-proof have learned this the hard way.


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