Top 10 Festival Fails to Avoid: A Party Guru’s Guide to Festival Success

A festival is more than just a series of concerts. It’s a rite of passage, a temporary escape into a world where music, art, and camaraderie converge to create unforgettable experiences.

The difference between an epic adventure and a comedy of errors often lies in the details, however. Thankfully, Party Guru Press is here to share the wisdom of the ages (and a few hard-learned lessons) with our guide to the top 10 festival fails to avoid.

Your Camp

1. The Early Bird Gets the Worm (and a Good Camp Spot): Before you let the festive spirit whisk you away, take a moment to set up your camp. Picture this: you’re returning from the night’s festivities, and instead of fumbling in the dark to pitch your tent, you glide into your cozy haven, ready for a good night’s sleep.

2. Anchor Down Your Abode: Inspired by the tales of Sonic Bloom 2022, where a sudden storm turned the gathering into an impromptu kite festival (but with tents!), we remind you to anchor your belongings. The correct weights and tent stakes can mean the difference between sweet dreams and chasing your home down in a storm.

3. Find Me If You Can: In the endless sea of tents, making your campsite stand out with a unique flag or light can be the beacon that guides you home each night, saving you from the despair of the lost wanderer.


4. The Devil’s in the Details: There’s always that “Oh no” moment when you realize you forgot something crucial. Avoid faux pas by consulting our “Surviving Festival Season 101” guide, your bible for everything from earplugs to toothbrushes.

5. Dress for Success, Rain or Shine: Burning Man 2023 was a muddy reminder that deserts can cry, too. Equipping yourself for all weather scenarios ensures the only thing dampening your spirits is the unexpected shower during your favorite set.

6. The Great TP Shortage: When nature calls at a mass gathering, the response might be a lonely echo from an empty toilet paper roll. Bringing your own supplies turns you from a mere attendee into a festival survivalist.

Self Care/Enjoying the Festival

7. Pace Yourself: The party is a marathon, not a sprint. Tempting as it may be to try and experience everything at once, remember: the best things in life are enjoyed moment by moment, not all at once.

8. Hydration Station: Water is the elixir of life and the key to stamina. Staying hydrated keeps you dancing longer, feeling better, and ready to face the day (or night) ahead.

9. The Lobster Look Isn’t In: Reapply sunscreen like it’s your job. A gnarly sunburn is a health hazard and a surefire way to put a damper on your festival fashion.

10. Disconnected but not Lost: In the digital desert that is a festy, your phone’s search for a signal can be futile. Pre-download maps and schedules to navigate the festival like a pro, ensuring you catch every act on your list.

Don’t be a Festival Failure

By arming yourself with these insights, you’re not just preparing for a festival but setting the stage for an epic saga of music, memories, and mischief, minus the mishaps. So pack your bags, gather your friends, and dive into your next festival adventure with the confidence of a Party Guru.

Surviving Festival Season 101

Festival Season is upon us, and after two years of no festivals, people are rearing to get back out there. So naturally, you want to dress to impress and be comfortable at your campsite, all while bringing the least amount of stuff to haul, set up, and keep track of. So are you and your friends prepared? Here is a survival guide on surviving the festival season.

Festival Packing: What to Bring

With the limited car space and even less if you carpool, figuring out what
to bring is one of the hardest things with festivals. Let’s talk about
necessities first. Besides the tent, and all of the camping goodies, like a
shade structure, stakes, coolers, and chairs, you will want to bring Clothes!
You will want to bring cute clothes for the hot summer temps, but also cute
clothes for the potential rain, wind, and cool nights! Do a 50/50 split, and make
sure you don’t forget your accessories! 

Food! Unless you want to spend festival prices on food,
plan on bringing food! Some amazing food kits made for camping only require hot
water to make, like instant mac n cheese. Bring coolers with ice blocks and ice
cubes, as the blocks take longer to melt. Water! Just because
festivals say they will have water doesn’t mean they will have it forever! It
is super easy to bring some of the water jugs with you or collapsible fillable
bag canteens that hold 6-8 gallons. These are a lifesaver and can be used for
cooking, drinking, bathing, refilling your hydro packs, and cooling off! And
always bring a first aid kit with any medicine you think you may need!

Now that all the necessities, let’s talk about creature comforts. It’s always
nice to bring a mister and air mattress to make your campsite comfier. Bandanas
or scarves can also make great dust masks in a pinch during wind gusts. Totems,
tapestries, and other identifiers will make it easier for your group to find
each other and your campsite! Reusable plates and cups allow for easy sharing
and less waste to carry out with you! 

Lights are also super friendly to have! Not only to decorate your tent but
to make it easier to navigate the festival grounds at night! Contact info on
stickers or cards makes it easy to stay connected with the rad people you meet!
Lastly, little gifts and mementos to trade and gifts to people to remember you
by can really make the festival experience complete. We made you a fantastic
checklist to remind you of what to bring and use it for your next

Festival: Rules for Survival

Now that you know what to bring let’s chat about the rules of surviving a festival! 

  1. Stay Hydrated and Aware of Your Body.

 Water is the elixir of life, and your body needs it! So remember to keep drinking water, especially during the day when it gets hot! You know your body better than anyone. If you are thirsty and exhausted, it’s okay to stop and take a break! And never be afraid to visit the medical tent if you need it! They are there to help you and not judge or get you in trouble!

  1. Pace Yourself!

It can be hard to want to go do and see everything. FOMO can be real, but you need to start slow and pace yourself. If you go too hard on the paint day one, the rest of the festival, you may end up miserable and in recovery mode. Make sure you rest up and take time for your body to recover from all the walking, dancing and partying! 

  1. Expect Things Not to Go Perfect.

No matter how hard you try, you can’t control the festival’s weather and other things that may go awry. But, go in with an open mind and a goal to have fun and make new memories, and you will be guaranteed to have the time of your life!

  1. Be Patient With Yourself! 

Festivals can sometimes be downright frustrating and hard, especially if you forget things or the weather goes south. Remember to breathe and try not to get frustrated. Don’t forget that you are there to let loose and have fun!

Now that you know what to bring and the rules while at a festival, do you feel prepared? Good! Now grab your festival tickets and friends, and we will see you at the campgrounds this summer!

  1. Have Fun!

Photos by ChanelBerumen

Festival: Survival Wrap-Up

Now that you know what to bring and the rules while at a festival, do you feel prepared? Good! Now grab your festival tickets and friends, and we will see you at the campgrounds this summer!