Okeechobee Music Festival Survival Guide
Full Tank Of Gas
Be sure to fill up your tank before getting in line for the festival grounds. You never know how long it will take to get to your campsite, and to exit on Monday morning and you definitely don't want to run out of gas.
Wait To Party
Common sense, but just in case. Your excitement is going to be full force on the way to and while in line to enter the festival, but it is best to wait to save the party for once you arrive. You don't want to get a ticket or go to jail.
You'll be tired of reading this, but drink PLENTY of water.
At The Festival:
Be sure to make friends with your neighbors at the festival, you can help look out for one another's things, plus, one of the best parts of music festivals is befriending your neighbors.
Wait To Drink
Saving the drinking for after the sun goes down is a good way to make sure you are able to make it into the late night hours, and also to stay more safe from dehydration and over-heating, though, it can happen anytime so drink plenty of water and know your limits.
The festival has a copious amount of food options available if you want to pack light, but it can get expensive so bring plenty to spend.
Take It Easy
Try to plan times to rest and relax in the shade during your day, so you have plenty of energy saved up for dancing the night away. If not, you'll be feeling it on Sunday for sure.
Look Out For One Another
If you see something, say something. If someone looks like they need water, or are in need of medical assistance, ask them if they are okay, or need help. If they do, get security or festival staff. They will not get in trouble nor will you, and it's best to play it safe.
In Florida, sometimes the sun can be a bit much, especially if you are coming from a winter environment. The last thing you want is to be severely sunburnt at a music festival. It's uncomfortable and can even be dangerous. Make sure to bring your sunscreen.
Even though it's not even spring yet, Okeechobee is in the middle of swampy south Florida, so you could be dealing with mosquitos, ticks, and several other creepy crawlers. Bringing along some bug spray isn't a bad idea.
Bring along some sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and face from the UV Rays of that famous Florida Sunshine! You'll be glad you did.
A flashlight is always handy when walking in the festival after dark, and for going in to the port-a-potties.
Clothing for Cooler Weather
Even though it's Florida, it does get cool at night. Make sure to bring along some pants and jackets just in case.
It's not rainy season yet, but there is always a chance of rain in Florida and you don't want to be caught off guard and get soaked in the rain. Bring a poncho and pack some boots just to be safe.
If this is your first festival, you'll be thanking me later for suggesting this.
Cell Phone Battery Pack
Charge it over night in your car while you sleep. This should keep your phone going all day, not that you really need your phone, but you know you want to take some pictures.
Snacks For Energy
Bring along some lite snacks, protein bars, energy bars, etc. To help keep you going throughout the day. It's also good to pack some extra food if you want to save money, but the festival does have a great food vendor lineup as well.
Tent/Blankets/Pillows/Tarp/Easy Up Canopy/Stakes/Rope
I know it's a no brainer, but don't forget your camping essentials!
Another no brainer, but don't forget it! And if you don't have tickets you cans till buy them if you click here.
Okeechobee Music Festival kicks off the festival season! It's exciting. Make sure to look out for your friends and fellow festival goers. Do an act of random kindness. Make a new friend. Compliment someone for their cute festival outfit. Hug a stranger. Dance your ass off to Bassnectar with your neighbor. Scream at the top of your lungs to your favorite Usher jams. Have a great time!
Still not sure who to see? Check out eight artists we think you should see at Okeechobee Music Festival!