We’re sure you see it while scrolling through your Instagram feed, but the summer music festival season is upon us. There are plenty of incredible festivals this summer including Lollapoloza (8/1-8/4), Outside Lands (8/9-8/11) and Woodstock 50 (8/16-8/18) just to name a few. Take our advice, you will enjoy the festival so much more if you take some time to plan meals and set a few goals. Here are our 6 tips on how to stay energized at a summer music festival.
1. Go Grocery Shopping Before Your Trip
It is very easy to rely on all of the food truck options available at most outdoor festivals, but only eating this food for days at a time can turn a fun experience into a very bad one. We recommend that you go grocery shopping a day or two in advance to pick up natural foods that will fuel your body without the chance of crashing. Here are some foods that will keep you full and energized:
Foods that are full of water to keep you hydrated. Bananas, kale, watermelon, celery, etc.
Any and all fruit will cool your body down from the intense sun and heat that you will inevitably be dealing with.
Nuts! Try going to a health food store where you can buy bulk nuts to make your own trail mix. Not only is trail mix incredibly healthy and portable, but it’s also a ton of fun to make your own!
If there are food trucks present, try ordering a side dishes from some trucks and making your own meal out of it. This is usually much cheaper and you will have the ability to customize your meal.
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2. Find Time To Exercise
We know how this sounds. Exercising on vacation... Really? We hear you! It doesn’t have to be an intense HIIT weight lifting circuit or a 10k around the city. Try some very simple yoga, pilates or meditation each morning for a boost in energy as well as mood! Chances are, there are others at the festival doing this too. It is a great way to meet new people and start your day.
3. Make Water Your BFF
You can never be sure of the water situation at a summer music festival, so you ALWAYS want to have your water bottle handy. We recommend bringing a 32 oz Nalgene or something similar. These bottles are cheap, virtually indestructible and can easily be clipped to a backpack or belt using a carabiner. Be sure that you refill your bottle every chance you get. If you want an added boost, pack some coconut water in your cooler. Coconut water provides your body with natural electrolytes without the added sugar like sports drinks.
4. Take Naps
No one goes to a summer music festival to watch all 50 bands. Check out the schedule ahead of time and plan out times each day that you can comfortably take a 15-40 minute nap to rejuvenate your body and mind.
5. Re-Energize Your Body With Eat Your Coffee Caffeinated Snack Bars
Believe it or not, the times you allocate each day to eating a meal will come and go quicker than you think. Often you might miss a meal or not have the time to prepare everything you had hoped for. Eat Your Coffee Caffeinated Snack Bars are a great source of natural energy for after your nap because each bar contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. These bars also contain natural and clean ingredients like dates, oats, nut butter and coffee.
6. Balance Your Alcohol
Nothing is worse than overdoing it and missing your favorite band that performs at 3 A.M. If you plan on drinking alcohol at the festival, remember to implement the 2:1 ratio. For every alcoholic drink, drink two cups of water. This will help you stay hydrated until the last band takes the stage.
Summer music festivals can be a ton of fun when you remember to take care of your body. Take advantage of these tips and be sure to use the hashtag #eatyourcoffee when you post a photo of Eat Your Coffee Caffeinated Snack Bars during your next trip to a music festival this summer!