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What to Bring to a Concert (And What Not to Bring)

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Concert Essentials and Things to Avoid

My first concert was in 2008, and I feel like I have quickly learned the ways of the concertgoer. I hope these dos and don'ts will help you prepare for attending your next musical show.

The Dos and Don'ts of Attending a Concert


Wear sneakers

Wear flip-flops, sandals, or heels

Bring a sweatshirt

Wear a sweater

Bring a bag for storing things

Bring an expensive bag

Bring snacks and drinks (if you can sneak them in)

Bring a full meal that needs to be heated

Wear contacts

Wear huge, dangly jewelry

Tie your hair up

Wear your favorite clothes

Wear comfortable clothing that you won't mind getting ripped or dirtied



Here's a closer look at what to do:

Wear Sneakers

Chances are, you're going to be on your feet for a good amount of time. If you decide to wear less-supportive shoes, your experience probably won't be that comfortable.

Bring a Sweatshirt

This is handy, especially when going to an outdoor concert. It's imperative to bring a sweatshirt or some kind of jacket, even in the summer. When you go to a festival that lasts until very late at night, it can get chilly!

Bring a Bag

There will be vendors at almost every concert you go to, and you will be very tempted to buy clothing or other kinds of merchandise from them, so you will need something to carry these items. It's not fun worrying whether that $20 T-shirt you just bought is going to fall off whatever part of your body you just tied it to. It's also not fun wearing tons of layers just because you have nowhere else to put it. Remember, it will get hot!

Bring Some Snacks and Drinks

Some venues don't let you bring in drinks or snacks anymore, but at bigger festivals you can get away with smuggling in mini bottles of Gatorade by shoving them into a small pocket in your bag. The security will most likely not check it. You can also smuggle snacks in this way. When waters go for $4 a pop and the price for a slice of pizza ranges up to $10, it's an easy way to save money!

Wear Contacts

If you're going to a concert for a heavier band, the crowd is going to be more riled up. It's easy to lose your glasses in the crowd, and it's no fun stuffing them in your backpack either because you won't be able to see anything!

Bring a Hair Tie

No matter how much serum you put in your hair to keep it straight, I guarantee you that it will get frizzy at some point during the night. Even if you don't care about frizz, putting your hair up makes you significantly cooler. The venue will get hot, and you will seriously consider ripping off your clothes just to cool off. Every little thing you can do to keep yourself cool counts.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Wear something that will cover you up enough but won't be too hot or too restricting. You won't believe how many pants I've seen split from a mosh pit or just by the flow of the crowd. Girls may think that skin-tight jeans are in nowadays (and they might be right), but these pants are not the best thing to wear to a concert.

Experienced concertgoers know what to bring and what to leave at home.

Experienced concertgoers know what to bring and what to leave at home.


Now, here's a look at what not to do:

Don't Wear Flip-Flops, Sandals, or Heels

Girls, I know that you're tempted to look good for all of the good-looking guys there, but, trust me, heels are not your friend at concerts. I also know that flip-flops are the easiest things to slip on, but they're also the easiest things to slip off, especially when you're in a crowded area. They're also not the most durable things in the world. Let me tell you, if I had a nickel for every girl I saw running out of a crowd because her shoes broke, I'd be rich. But, hey, if you want to support the vendors a little more, that's your choice!

Don't Wear a Sweatshirt

Unless you're at an outdoor concert in the middle of winter or you're in an indoor venue that has unusually strong A/C, wearing a sweatshirt isn't a good idea. You're going to get hot, and you're going to get hot fast. Even in the dead of winter, you're going to get hot with all those bodies around you. Bring it in a bag instead, so you can save it for later.

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Don't Bring an Expensive Bag

The kind of bag you should bring is a backpack, a mini backpack (Five Below has some), or a drawstring bag. Bring something that has compartments and a zipper, and make sure you won't give enough of a damn about it if it breaks. If you bring your brand new Prada hobo, prepare for it to get at least slightly tarnished. Concerts are as unforgiving as milk that's been left out of the refrigerator for a day or two.

Don't Bring a Full Meal

Concerts don't have microwaves available for you to warm up your food. Bring small things that can easily be concealed in the pockets of your bag and won't easily open and spill its contents everywhere. Granola bars and fruit snacks are great options.

Don't Wear Huge Jewelry

I've seen all kinds of jewelry at concerts. A good rule to go by is the smaller the jewelry, the better. Wearing huge hoop earrings or necklaces so long they touch your belly button is not a good idea; they could easily be ripped out or get caught on someone else's clothing. Unless you plan to avoid crowds altogether, I'd stay away from long, dangly jewelry.

Don't Wear Your Favorite Clothes

You don't want to wear your favorite clothes, especially at outdoor concerts, because people will be throwing stuff all over the place. If you wear your brand new white skirt to the concert, prepare for it to look slightly tie dyed when you get back home. Wearing loose shirts, such as unbuttoned plaid shirts, is also a bad idea. Again, the heavier the genre, the rowdier the crowd will be.

I hope this checklist helps!


Aly on July 22, 2017:

Can I bring a poster for my 18th birthday

Katy Preen from Manchester, UK on July 10, 2017:

A really useful list, simple and to the point. It's amazing how easy it is to turn up to a concert over-dressed or under-prepared, especially if you've not been to many.

anonymous on July 17, 2015:

thanks for the tips they helped alot

Anonymous on June 30, 2015:

I don't care I need to impress the opposite gender

alyssa on December 25, 2014:

thanks this helps a lot

sophie on May 18, 2014:

Thanks so much for this!!! It really helped me ;)

ncd on November 24, 2013:

this is very helpful. i was planning to wear my favorite shirt thanks for the tip

narm on July 21, 2013:

Greaet tips. The last one I read (wikihow) had aful suggestions. Miniskirts, statement earrings, HIGH HEELS! Comon! I have been to conserts before, but this time my friend bought the tickets, and she loves to be on the "standing" area in the consert, so this will be my frist time being in the standing area. When you are in the seated areas, people are not going to push you, stamp over you or moul you, so I want to be as prepared as I can to be in a big croud with sweaty people most likeley trying to push me over because they want to see the sweat on the bands skins, and me, being a jerface, standing in front of them.

gesxsffhygl.uoyhgukgj,ugyj,hgfgswrscrvfghgtdaxffddfre on June 02, 2012:

this is good tips for summeer jam

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 30, 2011:

Thanks for share these tips though I don't really love to see the concert. Well done and vote up!


xosunflower (author) from New Jersey on October 28, 2011:

Thank you so much (:

Admiral_Joraxx from Philippines on October 28, 2011:

Wow, great tips! this one makes a total sense XOSunflower. Concerts are really a big fun but troublesome place. Most of the time you will get in trouble if you go anywhere unprepared, and the bad thing that can go with this is that you won't be able to enjoy the concert you paid for. So being ready and packed is a great idea. Great post.=) 1 vote up!

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