What to Bring and Not to Bring to a Concert
My first concert was in 2008, and I feel like I have quickly learned the ways of the concert goer. 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 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 huge, dangly jewelry
Tie your hair up
Wear your favorite clothes
Wear comfortable clothing that you won't mind getting ripped or dirtied
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!