Going to a music festival can be very costly. You not only purchase a ticket that, if we are totally honest about, is priced so much higher than your usual concert tickets. So, naturally, you want to spend less when you are in the festival already.
In our pursuit to ensure you make the most out of your festival experiences, here are smart ways to save money:
Buy your tickets pre-selling.
The first thing you need to spend on when going to a music festival is of course the ticket. It’s best to buy your ticket on its pre-selling stage not because it will cost less but because you get to choose classes (or seats, in some cases) that will not be as pricey. If you wait until the last minute, chances are, you will just buy whatever is available—and it might be the most expensive one there is.
Go by public transport.
Some people would think that bringing their own car to a music festival is more convenient. Well, it is. But it’s a heck more expensive as well. You gas up, pay for parking, and end up in a traffic jam worse than your life’s decisions. Therefore, the best way to go to the festival is by public transport. Just line up where the bus picks everyone up and you’ll have zero worries on your hands. Not to mention, you spend less on bus rides than gas.
Bring a change of clothes.
Music festivals would always have booths for themed shirts and, usually, they are a go-to when you’re all sweaty and smelly from the crowd. But these shirts could get pricey. Bringing with you at least a spare shirt to change with would help you minimize your expenses. You can very easily stow it inside a cool fanny pack and no one would be the wiser.
Wear a full hydration pack.
Water is extremely important when you go to music festivals. It is imperative you stay hydrated during the day especially as it is likely to be a little hot. Not having your own store of water would require you to spend too much on it. Better to invest, then, on a full hydration pack. It would have two liters on it, which would be good for at least half the day. If you could manage two, a whole lot better.
Fill your fanny pack with first-aid medicines.
Meds are, actually, not as essential. But you’ll never know what you have in store for you when you go to a festival. So to keep yourself from spending on some first-aid med when you need it, you’ll do well to remember at least a few bandages and antiseptics. At least, you can treat yourself right away when you get minor injuries.
Do not forget to bring necessities.
When you say necessities, you mean small things like wet wipes, tissues, your wallet, powerbank, and probably a powder and lippie combo. These are little items you would tend to forget but would need within the day. Having stylish fanny packs would help solve this dilemma—not to mention how much you could save when you have these on hand.
Eat a full meal before the festival.
Just as they tell you not to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, it’s also best to get into a music festival after a full meal. This way, you will not have to go hit the food stands upon entering the venue. Being full would also let you roam around the festival without going hungry for at least the best quarter of the day.
Take with you small food items like candy or chocolate.
Having small food items in your bag will also save your expenses, believe it or not. It’s because there are moments during the festival when you do not need an actual full meal. But, you’d need at least a candy bar to keep the energy flowing within your body.
Limit your budget for food.
Well, actually, you’ve got to limit your budget for everything. But as the thing you’d be buying the most is food, you have to keep within your budget for it. You cannot just buy everything you wanted to taste. Aside from maintaining a budget, you need to keep in mind that there are things not within your taste range. You need to discern well what you could and couldn’t digest.
Remember: you are there for the experience.
Best tip ever is that you are in a music festival, not in a shopping spree. Just bring with you enough money to last you for the day and make sure you spend it wisely. You do not need to buy everything you see. You can go for one item to remind you of that festival. But at the end of the day, the best memories are those kept in your mind and in your heart.
These are just small tips you can get by. We hope we’ve helped you spend less in your festivals. Happy feasting!