Top Essential Items to Take to the Warped Tour

What can you take to the Warped Tour?

If you've never been to the Warped Tour before, you may not have realized it's unlike any other concert you've been to. For one, you're going to be outside all day. This calls for actual survival items. Even if you're already a Warped Tour veteran and you have all the basics, there are still a few items you may not have thought of that can make your experience that much more Warped. Use this list as a resource, and keep in mind that the rules of your local venue may vary.

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Vans Warped Tour 2009 - Uniondale, New York
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Everything else you will need for the day can fit in here; this simple piece of luggage will be your home base. You'll also want it to store all the stickers and flyers you'll collect throughout the day, as well as anything else you might end up buying.

Don't carry anything you don't need, as you'll get sick of lugging it around. Also, keep in mind that your bag will be searched, so don't put anything in here that could prevent you from getting in.

When in doubt, leave it out.

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Bottled Water

At every Warped Tour date, more than a few people end their day in the medical tent due to heat exhaustion - you're in the sun all day, and it's best to be prepared. Bring your own water; inside the gates, a bottle of water will cost you a few bucks, and the lines can be quite long.

Most venues will allow you to bring in at least one bottle of water, as long as it's sealed when you arrive. Be aware, they may take the cap away at the gates; a full bottle can be used as a projectile.

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I'll say it repeatedly -- you'll be in the sun all day! Hats are a good idea to help block the sun, but not as good an idea as bringing a tube of sunblock. Use it early and use it often. You may bring home a bunch of souvenirs, but it's best if blisters on your ears aren't one of them.

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A Camera

The Warped Tour presents a unique setting in that the "backstage" is minimal, so many of the performers hang out at their merchandise tables or simply wander around. This provides an extraordinary opportunity to meet some of your favorite artists.

Most venues allow non-professional cameras inside, so a disposable camera is a great accessory to have. Which is better - the story about how you met the guys from Patent Pending or the photo of you with the guys from Patent Pending?

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A Pen or a Marker

For the same reason you'll want a camera, a pen or a marker will make it easier to get a quick autograph if you run into a musician. No matter how cool you think your favorite musicians are, they've got places to be and they're not going to stick around while you try to get a pen from someone so you can get an autograph.

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A Notepad

When you get to the venue, the first place to go to is the big board that lists each band's time and stage. There will be several stages playing simultaneously, and it's nearly impossible to keep track of who is playing where and when.

A notepad lets you schedule your day accordingly, so that you don't miss anyone you've designated a "must see." It will also allow you to realize in advance that, say, Rise Against is playing at the same time as Halifax, and you'll need to make a choice.

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Rain Gear

The Warped Tour happens rain or shine, and depending on where you'll be seeing it, both can often happen in one day (you know who/where you are). If you get rained on early in the day, you don't want to spend the next few hours wet and miserable.

No venues allow umbrellas, but they do allow disposable plastic ponchos. The ponchos can also be used as a place to sit when you're taking a lunch break.

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The place will be swarming with food vendors, and they're a great place to get a bite, but that's a bit expensive. Unless you're independently wealthy, you're not going to want to rely on the guy at the pizza stand to feed you all day. A couple of granola bars, some candy bars or an apple can go a long way towards helping you and your money make it through the day.

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Proper Attire

In an all-day festival, you're there for the music, not to be a fashion plate. Dress practically. Wear comfortable shoes instead of boots, and simple shorts or a skirt paired with a t-shirt will keep you comfortable all day.

Oh, and like your mom always said, take a sweater.

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Two words: Porta Potties.