I’m pretty sure I’ve told you this, but I have three concerts next month. I’m pretty damn excited but I want to make sure I’m prepared and yes, you need to be prepared for a concert. Whether it’s just the basic purse, ticket, etc. or preparing to queue early for a standing concert to get closer to the front – being prepare makes it much less stressful on the day. Here’s my essentials for every concert.
1. Portable phone charger
It’s pretty handy to keep your phone charged, whether you plan to use your smartphone as a camera or just to keep in contact with people (pick up/meet up arrangements, emergencies,etc.) and with the blasted iphone battery not being the phone’s best quality, it’s a good idea to keep your phone topped with charge. I have the EasyAcc 10000MAH Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB which is said to “give 5-6 full charges to your iPhone 5 or 2.5-3.5 charges for Samsung Galaxy S4, S3” and so far has failed to let me down. Get it for £18.99 from Amazon.
People normally question as to why I take a backpack to a concert and there’s actually a few reasons. While you may want to show off your favourite bag, there is a chance that it may get damaged at any point, so it’s best not to take one you really like or with flimsy straps. Another reason is merch. Lots of people tend to buy merchandise and with a big bag comes good storage. The last thing you want to do is have to hold a carrier bag when you’re trying to get into the music. The backpack I tend to use is either an old school bag or one I bought for around five euros in Paris. If you have an old one, feel free to use it, or buy a cheap one from eBay. Tip: Don’t take a hiker backpack, just something big enough to hold various items and won’t get in everyone’s way.
A bit obvious, I know, but it’s an idea to save up. Whether it’s for merch or refreshments. An idea to have enough money for the concert without finding it too hard to save is to keep a concert jar and put a small amount in every week. For an example, if you buy tickets around 6 months to the concert and save £5 a week, you could have £120 for the concert without breaking the bank meaning you can buy without worrying too much.
If you plan to queue for a while, make sure you take snacks and a drink to eat as you won’t be allowed to take them into the concert. If you plan to just turn up, make sure you eat before hand.
5. Comfortable shoes
Heels, wedges, flimsy shoes = no. You need sturdy and comfortable shoes that you can stand in for a long period of time. Also, anything with a heel is also a hazard because you could tread on someone’s foot and gain a very unamused look from someone. I usually wear Vans like the ones pictured above which cost £47.
I hope this helps you for future concerts! Is there anything you like to take to concerts?