8 Must-Haves for Music Festival Season
The 2018 Taste of Country Music Festival is a few short weeks away, and it's time to start packing for the occasion. Located at picturesque Hunter Mountain in Hunter, N.Y., the three-day festival will be held on June 8-10.
Some of the biggest acts and most promising up-and-coming stars in country music join a roster that includes headliners Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt. As a result, ToC Fest promises a fun-filled weekend of country music.
The music and camping festival isn't for the faint of heart, though. Here are eight items for festivalgoers to bring along to any music festival to make sure they're prepared for whatever the weather may be:
New York summers can be brutally hot when the sun is shining bright. Three days spent outside without sunscreen can be more painful than the ringing in one's ears after standing in front of the speakers during your favorite artist's set. Be wise and lather up!
Speaking of ears ringing, with three days of non-stop music, your ears will surely hurt if not protected. While some earplugs work better than others, Hearos High-Fidelty Ear Plugs are the most affordable option at $14. So if you lose them on the festival grounds, it's not the end of the world. For those with a bigger budget, try musician favorite Flare ISOLATE Pro. At $70, the brand promises the best musical experience and also works well for sleeping. If you're looking to sleep comfortably and drown out that snoring neighbor from the tent next to you, these earplugs will be worth the money.
Summer in the Northeast is often difficult to predict, and if there's a chance of a rain shower, you'll want to be prepared. The ShedRain Packable Poncho from Target is the ideal "throw and go" companion. Available in an assortment of colors, it packs up small to fit anywhere, then unfolds big when you need it. For $20, you'll be thankful you have it.
With the festival taking place at Hunter Mountain's beautiful grounds, you'll have some downtime to sit down, relax and enjoy the views. Bed, Bath & Beyond's multi-use Indoor/Outdoor Throw Blanket effortlessly combines style and function. Whether you're camping out after the show or taking in live music on the festival grounds, this water-repellent blanket has you covered. The best part? It's machine washable!
Reusable Water Bottle
In order to best enjoy the festival, you should stay hydrated, and there's no bottle better than the Collapsible Reusable Foldable Eco-Friendly 8 Oz Water Bottle, available on Amazon. It's is freezable, floatable, odor proof, leak proof and puncture resistant. The bottles stand up straight when filled, and are flat and can be rolled and packed easily when empty.
There's nothing worse for a night outside camping than to be attacked by mosquitoes. This Kinven Mosquito Repellent Bracelet includes up to 360 hours of protection for adults and kids.
With all the photos and videos you'll be taking of your favorite artists, your cell phone battery will likely be dead by the time the headliner takes the stage. Ventev offers countless extra battery packs for your phone, whether you're traveling from stage to stage or are simply in the car. Their lightweight charger can fit easily in your pocket or backpack too.
You're at a country music festival after all! Don your favorite cowboy hat to keep the sun off your face and neck throughout ToC Festival. If you get close enough to the stage, maybe your favorite artist will even sign it for you! An instant keepsake, your autographed hat will be a memory to smile back on in years to come.
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