10 Tips and Tricks to Survive a Weekend Music Festival

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, United States. Photo by Andrew Ruiz on Unsplash.

As Chapman students, we are located near some of the best and biggest music festivals in the country – Coachella, Desert Daze, and Outside Lands to name a few. These festivals can bring you together with other music lovers in your area, but if you’ve never attended a festival before, it may be intimidating knowing how to prepare. Here are 10 essential tips students should know before a weekend music festival.

1. Wear comfy shoes

No matter what festival you attend, make sure you’re wearing comfortable footwear. You will be walking and standing for hours on end, so be prepared.  Sneakers, cowboy boots, or comfy sandals are your best option. If you must wear those heels you’ve been dying to show off, make sure you put a gel or padded insole inside so you can romp around and dance to your favorite band without worrying that your feet are going to fall off.  

2. Bring your own snacks and drinks

Festival food may be delicious, but incredibly overpriced. Some festivals will let you bring in your own food and unopened drinks. Take a look at what’s allowed inside and take advantage of what you can bring so that you don’t end up springing $5 for a water bottle. Consider limiting yourself to one vendor-meal per day, which could end up saving a lot of money. If you’re of legal age, bringing your own alcoholic drinks can save you from buying a $10 beer later on.

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3. Do your homework ahead of time

This cannot be stressed enough. You don’t want to be worrying about your calculus homework while you’re grooving to your favorite band. Music festivals are about community and freedom; don’t ruin the experience by procrastinating. I once witnessed my friend dictate an entire essay into her phone and search for Wi-Fi hours before turning it in. Don’t be that person.

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4. Look online for resale tickets

Many people don’t think to look at alternative sources for tickets. Websites such as eBay are a great place to find resale tickets at a discounted price. Plus, it has a money-back guarantee in case you’re scammed. Through eBay, I was able to buy a weekend festival ticket for $250 less than face value. Always explore options before buying a full-priced ticket.

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5. Bring a backpack or fanny pack

A backpack or fanny pack is an essential. It’s easy to lose things if you’re carrying them in your pockets, and a shoulder purse can get in the way of dancing. The best way to enjoy the festival is hands-free, which is why a small bag or fanny pack are the way to go.

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6. Bring plenty of cash

Although credit and debit cards are usually accepted, you will need cash at some point. All vendors take cash and usually do not charge tax if you pay in bills. It is a hassle to fumble through your bag to get your debit card, and can take a while to finish the transaction if the Wi-Fi connection is poor. Avoid the hassle by bringing cash.

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7. Explore and check out vendors

Vendors are often one of the most overlooked parts of a festival. Many vendors are local business owners that offer a wide variety of goods. If you want to find something unique and support local businesses, make sure you take time to check out the vendors at a festival.

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8. Have a copy of the schedule and line-up

Most schedules are posted online, but constantly scrolling through your phone will run down your precious battery life and take you out of the experience. Bands will be performing all day, so bring a physical copy of the schedule to make sure you don’t miss out on any bands.

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9. Bring bathroom supplies

If you find a festival with running water and showers, thank your lucky stars. Most festivals only offer portable toilets. If you want to freshen up after a day of dancing in the sun, bring your own supplies like toilet paper, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer.

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10. Have fun!

Now that the stressful  part is over, the most important thing is to have fun. See your favorite artists, spend time with your friends, and enjoy yourself! You won’t be able to experience this magic again until next year.

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10 gifts you never thought your pet deserved

7% of pet owners dress their pets on a regular basis, 5% have given their animal a social media account and another 95% of pet owners admitted to having bought a Christmas gift for their pet, according to a recent survey conducted by Rover.com – the nation’s largest network of dog sitters and walkers.  

Make sure your pet isn’t overlooked when the holiday present come out. Here are 10 of the most ridiculous pet gifts we found.


1. Dog High Chair

Say goodbye to setting the table for one. Since the idea of letting your pet be a pet for 20 minutes seems absurd, check out this alternative. This pet high chair keeps your pup from sitting on your lap or at your feet begging for your food when you’re eating. Instead, it can have a chair of its own.

Price: Ranges from $56-$100

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2. Ceiling Cat Playground

Tired of your house being full of cat toys and scratch pads? Give your cat their own overhead playground to get them out of your hair. Combined with a wall bed to rest, you provide your cat a relaxed retreat.

Price: $102.50

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Botezatu.


3. The Doggy Thong

The Doggy Thong is fashionable and practical. Made of charcoal cloth, designed to neutralize a dog’s anal odors, it will keep Stinky smelling and looking great! We cannot, however, guarantee your dog won’t be bullied.  

Price: $15

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4. Cat Music

Teyus Music, by musician David Teie from a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, has created a playlist specifically for cats. Teie bases his sounds on cats’ physiological traits and instincts. Incorporating feline-centric sounds – like the suckling for milk – can help cats relax, according to Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Price: $15-$20 per album

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5. Portable Fishbowl

Need to take your fish on a walk? Of course you do! Check out the stylish backpacks and handbags with built-in fish bowls that allow you and your pet to hit the town.

Price: $25.00

Photos from Michal Shibitali on Flikr.


6. Non-alcoholic wine for your cat

After a long day of work, sometimes you just need to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine. Why drink alone when your furry friend can join you? Infused with salmon oil and organic catnip!

Price: $5 for one bottle

Photos by Steve Heap on Pixabay & @pandabearsermahgerd on Imgur.


7. Petcube Camera – The Pet Equivalent of Skype

The Petcube camera lets you see and hear your pet in an HD wide angle lens when you’re out of the house. The product is also equipped with an interactive laser so you can play with your pet even when Snickers is home and you’re in Minsk.

Price: Ranges from $150-$179

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8. Pawdicure Polish Pen

Look good, feel good. This non-toxic polish pen allows you to decorate your dog’s nails in a rainbow of colors. Do you still wonder why dogs bite people?

Price: $7.99

Photo courtesy of @tinyCartoonBeats on Imgur & @AjKaramba on Imgur.


9. Marry your pet

Are you in love with your pet? Well the two of you can share the same living quarters, enjoy tax benefits, and the sanctity of marriage. Just sign the marriage certificate – oh yeah – and pay.

The price: $230.00 for the “biggest” option, which includes an ‘I married my pet’ t-shirt, a certificate and a hand embroidered, personalized wall plaque to always remind you of your special day.

Photo by Amber Lou on Imgur & Michelle Geer on Imgur.


10. Kitty tunnel

Keep your kitty in the holiday spirit by giving him a soft and warm place to cuddle – or hide while being chased away from the Christmas decorations or holiday roast.

Price: $16.99

Photo courtesy of Claire Treu.


From putting your pooch in a high chair to getting married to them, you never know how far some pet owners will go for their pet.

Eight Random Holidays You Probably Didn’t Know Are Coming Up

There is a holiday for anything if you dream it. We found these random holidays on Holiday Insights and thought, there is always a reason to celebrate. Check out these eight upcoming holidays and come up with the ultimate excuse to treat yourself.


1: November 3rd – Sandwich Day

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Sandwiches are a staple in North America, from a PB&J to the Elvis Presley (peanut butter, bacon, and banana). Celebrate this day by branching out and making a unique sandwich you can call your own. Consider a mac & grilled cheese, B.L.T.A., or adding peanut butter on your burger.


2: November 12 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

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This is a day to give back to yourself. It’s a celebration of who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. We suggest doing things that make you feel like the best version of yourself, like taking a bubble bath, eating your favorite foods, or spending time alone.


3: November 13th – World Kindness Day

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Celebrate this day by donating your time to local charities. We sometimes forget how lucky we are to go to such an amazing school, so let’s put some gratitude in our attitudes and help others in need. Here are some volunteer ideas around Orange: 4Life Animal Rescue, Mary’s Kitchen, Surfrider Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House.


4: November 16th – Button Day

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Buttons can be underrated; they come in all different shapes, colors, textures, and styles. Celebrate this day by jazzing up an old sweater or jacket with some buttons for a fun new look.


5: November 17th – Take A Hike Day

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Celebrate this day by literally taking a hike. Go down to Laguna and do the Top Of The World hike or road trip to LA for the day and hike the Hollywood sign. Any way you celebrate, grab some friends and get outside for that perfect Instagram worthy picture.


6: November 23rd – National Espresso Day

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Because there’s no such thing as too much caffeine. Go to Starbucks to get your fix, or venture beyond Chapman and explore some of the coffee spots in the Orange Circle. Just make sure not to say “ex-presso.”


7: November 26th – Shopping Reminder Day

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You know it’s going to be a good day when someone wants you to shop. This day falls on Cyber Monday, so put this one in your calendar to snatch up all those online steals and deals.


8: November 28th – French Toast Day

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Best. Day. Ever. This day gives attention to an often forgotten breakfast food. Celebrate by adding fun ingredients to your french toast to spice it up – consider cocoa pebbles, peanut butter and jelly, Nutella, or sprinkles.