Essential Travel Tips for a Budget-Friendly Summer Festival


Summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to pack your bags and head out on an adventure! If you’re looking for a new way to spend your summer weekends, consider checking out one of the many festivals that take place all over the United States. There are plenty of options for people who want to experience music, art, food and more in a safe and fun environment. But before you get completely swept up in the excitement of attending a festival for the first time (or fifth time), make sure you’ve planned ahead. In this article we’ll cover everything from planning your budget to getting dressed—and everything else in between!

Pack Light

Packing light is the best way to travel, and summer festivals are no exception. You want to be able to move around easily, so pack only what you need and nothing more. Here’s how:

  • Pack a backpack or duffel bag with everything you might need for the festival (clothes, toiletries, etc.). Don’t forget your ID! If you’re camping out overnight at the festival grounds, consider bringing along some extra blankets or sleeping bag liner–the nights can get chilly even in July!
  • In addition to these essentials, bring some snacks and drinks (and maybe an extra pair of shoes). Make sure they’re not perishable items like fruit that will go bad if left out in hot temperatures for too long–this will save space in case there isn’t any room left in your pack!

Set a Budget

Before you go, set a budget. This is essential to keeping your spending in check and making sure that you don’t spend more than what you can afford. It’s also important for planning the rest of your trip. Decide how much money you want to spend on food, souvenirs and transportation before heading out so that it doesn’t happen unexpectedly when it’s time to pay up at the festival gates (or later in the evening).

Find the Right What to Wear

You know that for every festival, there’s a corresponding dress code. While you might think you’re ready to let loose on the dance floor and get down in your favorite denim shorts, you might want to reconsider if it’s going to be 90 degrees outside. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing what clothes to wear:

  • Shoes are essential! Your feet will thank you if they’re well taken care of at festivals; not only do good shoes prevent blisters and other foot problems but they also make dancing easier (and more fun). Make sure your shoes are comfortable enough for all day wear so that when midnight rolls around and everyone else is ready for bed, not only do their feet hurt but theirs too! Investing in some quality footwear will make all the difference here–you’ll be able to dance all day without having sore joints afterward!
  • Choose appropriate clothing based on weather conditions at each location where there is music happening during its peak season(s). It’s better safe than sorry when it comes down this part as well–there really isn’t much worse than being stuck inside while everyone else has fun outside because they forgot sunscreen or hats with them.”

Make Preparedness a Priority

A festival is a great place to have fun and make new friends, but it can be hard to prepare for the unexpected. The best thing you can do is pack as much as possible into your bag and leave room for extra purchases when necessary.

  • Pack sunscreen, water bottles and snacks so that no matter what happens on the road or at the festival itself, you’ll be ready!
  • Wear comfortable shoes–you’ll be walking around all day long! Also make sure they’re easy to slip off if need be (and trust me: there will always come a moment when you want those shoes off).
  • If there’s one thing I learned from my first music festival experience this past summer: bring more than one pair of clothes with you! You never know how hot or cold it might get during those long days under bright lights with lots of dancing going on around you…so bring layers so that no matter what happens during those long nights under bright lights with lots of dancing going on around them…you won’t find yourself shivering uncontrollably in front of thousands upon thousands people who are watching while listening intently only because they can’t see anything else happening anywhere else in sight except perhaps some kind soul passing by carrying drinks back-and-forth between stages throughout each night.”

Know Your Festival Plan of Action

  • Know where you are going. If you’re planning to go to a music festival in the middle of nowhere, it’s important to know how long it will take and what transportation options are available.
  • Know how you are getting there. Are there shuttles? Do they run on time? Is there an extra fee for them? If so, is it worth it?
  • Know when you are arriving and leaving–and stick to those times! Nothing ruins a music fest faster than missing performances because of delays or cancellations due to weather conditions (or even traffic).
  • Have a backup plan in case things don’t go as planned: maybe your plane was delayed or canceled; maybe someone didn’t show up when they were supposed too; maybe the festival ran out of food before noon on Saturday…

Never Stop Planning Ahead

You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: planning ahead is key to having a successful trip. The more you can plan in advance, the easier your time at the festival will be.

For starters, planning ahead helps you stay on budget. If you’re able to book your flights and accommodations well in advance of your departure date (ideally months), then by all means do so! This will save money on flight prices as well as hotel rooms during peak travel seasons like summertime festivals or winter holidays like Christmas or New Year’s Eve parties with friends or family members where everyone wants to go somewhere different but there are limited options available due to demand being higher than supply at certain times of year when most people want/need their vacations from work/schools/etcetera…

There are many ways to keep your festival fun and budget-friendly.

There are many ways to keep your festival fun and budget-friendly.

  • Pack light: This might seem obvious, but it’s worth noting that packing light is one of the best ways to save money at a festival. It allows you to bring essentials without paying for extra luggage or using up all of your space in the car with bags.
  • Set a budget: Decide how much you want to spend before going into any kind of situation where money will be spent on impulse items like food or drinks–and stick with it!
  • Find the right what to wear: Wear layers so that if it gets cold at night, you can add another layer under your shirt or jacket; this way there’s no need for multiple jackets or coats and thus no extra expense on clothes (or space). Also bring some cheap sunglasses as they’ll protect against sunburns while also giving off an air of coolness among other people who aren’t wearing them!


Festival season is here! Whether you’re traveling to attend a music festival or taking a vacation with friends, it’s important that you have a plan for keeping your wallet happy. With these tips in mind, you can make sure that your summer gets off on the right foot (and stays there).