Everything you need for Lollapalooza
It's finally time for the most highly anticipated weekend of music in Chicago - Lollapalooza. Thousands of people will be flocking to Grant Park to catch acts from some of the biggest artists of the moment, from the Weeknd to Jack White. You've already got your tickets and your pregame plans but there are a few last-minute must-haves we think you should pick up to make it the best weekend ever, no matter if the weather agrees. Check out our favorite festival essentials:
You've probably seen these inflatable couches at your neighborhood park or outdoor concert. Maybe you've even thought of getting one but haven't had a good reason. There's no better excuse than a trip to Lollapalooza - you can catch a break without having to carry in a heavy and bulky folding chair.
Staying hydrated is key for a successful festival season. Keep your hands free to party by carrying your water on your back. Our favorite Camelbak carries three liters of water - plenty to keep you moving the whole day. Just make sure it's empty before you try to enter since security will likely make you empty it before you're admitted.
Get your lounge on at Lolla with a comfortable outdoor blanket. The best ones available, including our top pick, has a waterproof shell so you can lie down whether the ground is wet. Plus, it's machine-washable so you can clean off the dirt of the weekend once it's over.
Should the weather get nasty while you're listening to your favorite act, you will want to be prepared. Rather than carrying an umbrella with you, we suggest packing a poncho. This one is reusable (to help protect the environment) and it can also be laid out on the ground as a tarp.
We can almost guarantee that it will be hot and humid this year and with that weather comes bugs. You'll be the most popular crew in the crowd with this can of Off! Deep Woods. You can get eight hours of protection and the aerosol can makes it easy to apply on the move.
Don't take your chances with the hot August sun - make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen with you. Our favorite budget sunscreen is hypoallergenic and paraben-free so you can feel confident sharing it with your squad.
While the lineup is great this year, that doesn't mean you should skip out on protecting your ears. Grab a pack of our favorite earplugs and enjoy the music without hearing a ringing in your ears for weeks after.
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