If this is your first time going to a concert, you may be a little apprehensive about what to do. You certainly don’t want to look like you are at your first concert, because that is simply not cool, right? So how do you know what to bring? If you don’t have everything you need, you will look inexperienced. If you have too much, you will look inexperienced. The right balance is simple. Follow these eight tips and you will look like a pro concert go-er.
Wear Tennis Shoes
I know you want to dress to impress, but if you wear the wrong shoes, you will soon discover that it was a mistake. Be sure that your outfit is one that will work with a pair of tennis shoes. There are plenty of ways to dress up and dress down with tennis shoes on. The reason you will want these shoes is because you will probably be standing for most of the concert. You might even jump or dance around. With dress shoes, you could hurt your feet, and with flip flops you could lose your shoes all together. Tennis shoes are simply the things to wear.
Bring A Jacket
You probably don’t want to wear the jacket initially because it could be a warm night and you will get hot in a crowd of people. However, if the night gets long and people begin to sit down or spread out a little more, you could get chilly. In that case, you will want a jacket or a sweatshirt to slip on.
Bring A Bag
Whether you’ve got a purse or a backpack that you like to tote around with you, take it to the concert as well. You will find vendors and you will probably be tempted to purchase something. Without a bag to put it in, you could lose your item or at least get annoyed holding it all night. A bag is also a good place to keep your camera, lip gloss, hair ties, cell phone, and any other small items you might bring.
If you enjoy something good to eat, you may want to bring some snacks. If you don’t think you will eat much, at least bring yourself something to drink. Water is always a good choice, but because a concert is a short-term event, it is not essential to have water. If you would rather have a pop, that would be a great idea as well.
There are always concession stands at concerts. Whether you are outdoors or indoors, you will see concessions. If you would rather not bring any food or drinks of your own, make sure to take enough money that you will be able to buy yourself something. It might be nice to take a break from the noise and go find yourself a little something to eat. Many concession stands will have some type of deal where you buy a drink and a slice of pizza or nachos and it is a good deal for the package.
If you have glasses, you will not want to wear them to the concert. Some concerts tend to get out of hand sometimes and you will not want to lose your glasses. Even if things don’t get too out of control, you could lose them just dancing around. You are pretty much guaranteed to lose them if they fall off in a crowd. Wearing contacts will avoid that problem all together.
Bring A Hair Elastic
If you have long hair, even if it is barely long enough to fit into it, bring a hair elastic. You are bound to get hot with all the people that will be at the concert and all the movement and dancing you will be doing. A hair elastic will be a welcome item at the point when you get really hot.
Wear The Right Clothes
As was mentioned before with the shoes, take some time to consider your wardrobe. Although it might be in style to wear tight fitting clothes with a lot of ruffles, chains, and other articles attached, a mosh pit or an out of control crowd could rip your clothes. You should also consider wearing something made from fabric that breaths easily so you are not sweating incessantly. Of course, you’ll want them to match your tennis shoes, so consider your wardrobe carefully.
Whether you already knew the ideas from this list and just needed a reminder, or if this is your first time heading to a concert, remember to have fun. Don’t be so worried about impressing others, but more about enjoying yourself. With good company, good entertainment, and a little money, you can really have a good time.
Lauren Hill is a contributing author for Custom Concessions, a food truck company offering custom concession trailers, mobile kitchens and tailgating trailers.