RAIN OR SHINE FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS:
LifeDance season is in full swing! And while dancing the night away under the starry electric sky is the ideal scenario most of us have in mind, there’s a dreaded chance that the weather might not cooperate… But don’t let that stop you from making this one of your best nights to go out and celebrate. Dancing under rain can be heaps of fun! Remember: it is all about the experience and the company that you share it with and we can bet that with the great vibes you collectively make, it can unexpectedly more memorable with the genuine fun that you will be having with your friends.
With that said, it is always best to prepare in both your gear and festival expectations. Here are some tips that we’d like to share with you so you can be ready with anything.
BRING RAIN GEAR
Essentially, bring a light jacket that you can easily put on and off, and rain boots or a pair of sandals/slippers you can do away with later on.
Boots have started as a festival necessity and has evolved now as a stylish option. You will definitely need a pair after some the paths unavoidably have been churned to a muddy sea and they are also a great way to avoid the general detritus of a festival coming into contact with your feet and legs. You don’t want to put on kicks that you might regret getting messed up. So either get some rain boots, a pair of all conditions gear (ACG) shoes, or some sturdy comfortable sandals.
A waterproof jacket is essential too, but you don’t need to go for a full-weight, heavy-duty style. A lightweight packaway jacket is ideal and won’t soak up room in your bag. Another classic festival style item is the waterproof poncho. They offer instant relief from the rain and they are compact enough to fold into your pocket when not needed. Ponchos are fine but let’s face it, you’d rather be drenched by the rain than by sticky sweat.
Remember to dress lightly underneath your jacket or whatever you have for external outfit as well. The body heat from the crowd around you will be enough to keep you warm and you don’t want to get dehydrated. You can bring along some waterproof trousers but chances are you’ll just get clammy and uncomfortable in them. If you’re wearing shorts, it’s merely a case of drying your legs off and it shouldn’t be unbearably cold.
Finally, bring extra clothing. If you get soaked through, you’ll get cold fast and that can lead to hypothermia and other unpleasant afflictions. Bring extra pairs of shorts, underwear, socks, T-shirts etc. that you can swap into when needed. You’ll be glad you made the effort when the rain stops and you have something to change into.
You can bring some wipes too. It’s not just your hair that you’re going to want to keep fresh. They’re also an essential when it comes to scrubbing damp mud off your arms and legs. There will be wipes available in the festival site if needed.
KEEP YOUR GADGETS SAFE
This may even be more crucial in preparing for unfavorable weather conditions. Always pack a Ziploc for your phone and gadgets when going for an adventure or festival. Losing a device over the mayhem will definitely ruin someone’s day.
You can still operate a smart phone through a Zip-lock baggie. Do this even if there’s only a whisper of a chance of rain. This is how you can call an UBER to pick you up in the rain later if you need a ride. You don’t want to leave your phone fortified in the depths of a dry purse you can’t pull out in a deluge.
BE PREPARED AND HAVE FUN
Make sure to check the weather before you leave and prepare accordingly. It can be tough if you weren’t prepared, but even by only checking off half of these items, you can still go out and enjoy. Just plan ahead and even if the weather forecast says there will be a starry sky, it’s worth bringing along your jacket and boots just in case.
When all else fails, have fun. Remember, you are there to see amazing artists and have fun. Don’t be too worried about your clothes or shoes getting muddy. Everyone else is in the same situation.
Always remember to act safely. Listen to and follow festival-wide announcements regarding the weather. If you feel unsafe, seek shelter immediately. LifeDance has emergency plans, so follow them and you will be fine.