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Here’s Everything You Need To Bring To Survive Your First Music Festival

The sun streaming down, catchy tunes floating through the hazy air, temporary tats covering every inch of your arms — it's pretty much impossible to forget your first music festival experience. Whether you're a fan of country western, electronic, or bubblegum pop, there's a fest for every type of music lover out there. And spoiler alert: Once you've been to one, you'll be ready to take on pretty much any festival.

But let's go back to basics for a second — what if you've never been to a festival and just want to dip your toe in the pool for the first time?

That's where we come in — it's our belief that the key to having the best fest ever lies in the preparation stage. Think of it like packing for a vacation — in order to live it up at the festival, you need to come prepared by packing all the right stuff before the festival. And whether you're on a European trip or at an outdoor concert, getting caught off guard without necessities is the quickest way to ruin a good time.

So for all the newbies out there, we teamed up with the makers of 5-hour™ TEA shots to bring you the ultimate guide to packing a bag that'll help you totally slay your first music festival.

Read on and start planning your next adventure.

1. Sun protection

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This one should be a no brainer, but it's also easy to forget if the forecast doesn't call for sunny skies. Even if clouds are predicted, packing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat is a smart move when you're planning on spending an entire day with no shade in sight.

2. Food

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We know, we know: They sell stuff there. But popular vendors and specialty food trucks can also mean long lines and premium prices. So pack a backup granola bar or two for when your hunger gets the best of you — your stomach will be forever grateful.

3. An energy boost

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All that dancing, socializing, and standing under the hot sun will certainly take it out of you. So what's the secret to making it through a full day (or multiple!) of these festivities? Answer: Packing something to help you feel energized and alert in those moments when you're ready for a nap. Our festival favorites are 5-hour™ TEA shots, which perk you up AND taste delicious.

4. Emergency rain gear

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Nothing spoils a set by your favorite band faster than having to watch it while getting totally drenched by an unexpected downpour. Set yourself up for success by packing a poncho and a plastic bag for your phone, no matter what the weatherman says. This is the ultimate "better safe than sorry" situation!

5. Ear plugs

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This one might seem contradictory, but trust us — the music at these events is PLENTY loud to be heard perfectly through some little protective plugs. Unless you're a fan of temporary hearing loss and ringing ears for days to come, do yourself a favor and pack a pair of these bad boys.

6. A phone charger

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This one needs no explanation. Just pack it.

This post is sponsored by the makers of 5-hour™ TEA.