This is a post sponsored by U.S. Cellular. I have received compensation, either monetarily or in product. With that said, the opinions herein are 100% my own. When you talk about the top of the heap of the summer music festival mountain, I think Woodstock is at the top. My mom wanted to go but my dad said it was too dangerous for her to attend. When I heard this, I about died! I would have grabbed my bestie and told my husband I would be fine and would have run, not walked to New York! My mom always said she had music flowing in her veins, and I think I do too! I cannot go a day without listening to music. My kids are the same way. Both of my girls play instruments and sing. Since they were young, I have been taking them to concerts. One of my favorite places to go is a summer music festival. There are plenty of them that are appropriate for kids and some I would not even consider taking them to. Now that they are older, it is more feasible for them to go with me. Before I head out the door for a summer music festival, I follow this list:
- Clothing: Comfort is the key here. I usually wear a lightweight maxi dress and comfortable sandals. The girls usually wear a tank or tee and a pair of short or a skirt. We will also have a hat, sunglasses and a cross body bag. You don’t want a bag that is too big so that it weighs you down, but you want it big enough to carry your essentials. Bring a small tarp or piece of waterproof fabric that you can use to sit on when you get tired of standing. No one wants to sit in the mud if it happened to rain the night before!
- Sustenance: Always, always bring a water bottle and some sort of snack bar, preferable one packed with protein. You can drain your energy quickly when you are outside in the heat and humidity. Therefore, you need to replenish your electrolytes and have plenty of protein to keep you going until you can eat a healthy meal. I bring those flavor packets with electrolytes to put in my water.
- Electronics: I always bring my iPhone 6 from U.S. Cellular. U.S. Cellular provides a high-quality network and national coverage that keeps you connected in big and small cities and rural communities, whether you are at a rock or country concert or a fair or festival. Be sure to bring a charger for your electronic devices as well as a portable power bank or battery. The last thing you want to do is be without power when you are having such fun at the summer music festival or fair! The kids will also be bringing their smartphones to the summer music festival. They have signed the U.S. Cellular® Better Moments Parent-Child Agreement. If you do not have such an agreement between yourself and your kids, I encourage you to set guidelines that work best for your family and then have everyone sign it. That way, you are all on the same page!
- Smartphone Apps: One of the smartest things you can do when you are heading to a summer music festival is to download the right apps. There are a handful of apps I found really useful when we recently attended a concert in Nashville, TN. The free aillis, Magisto Video Editor & Maker, Retrica and SmugMug apps on Google Play and iTunes can help you take amazing photos and offer places to upload, archive and easily share your favorite moments.
Today’s mobile devices, like my iPhone6, are great for listening to my favorite tunes from bands I will see play at the summer music festival or fairs this summer. As a matter of fact, a recent U.S. Cellular survey indicated that 45 percent of smartphone owners use their phone to listen to music. One app that you can try out is Bandsintown which can even find nearby concerts based on your music library. This is how I found out my daughter’s favorite band, R5, would be playing near us in a few months. She has no idea I purchased tickets for her birthday. Shhhh. Don’t tell!
Because photos can be a big part of your summer fair and festival experience, you want to bring a phone you know is up for the challenge. I honestly feel the pictures I take with my iPhone 6 from U.S. Cellular, are as good, if not better than my DSLR. I can take crystal clear photos or even a short video, making out of town loved ones feel like they are a part of the action. To help extend the battery life on your phone, make sure you turn off the Bluetooth, location services and lower your screens brightness. Because it will be pretty noisy at the music event, text messages are probably your best option. Texting takes up less network bandwidth than calls, so cellphone customers can often text successfully if they can’t place or receive calls. Be sure to stay current with U.S. Cellular and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you have any tips for a successful and fun summer music festival or fair?