Sasquatch Tips

May 18, 2012 • Posted by 83Music

You purchased your Sasquatch pass months ago… maybe even last year. You’ve got your crew picked out and decided who’s car your taking to the festival. No doubt you’ve probably cleaned out the ol’ tent and located your camp stove as well. So now what? Chances are, if this isn’t your first time attending the Pacific Northwest’s premier music event, you’ve answered that question so many times, your prep checklist is all in your head. But what about those of you who have never been to Sasquatch before? What about those of you who haven’t even been to a music festival? You might be struggling with that question a little bit more and because of that, are likely to either over or under pack for the trip. If you’d like to avoid some of that or just want an idea of what to expect, check out some of our tips below.

Essential Items To Pack:

  • Cleansing Wipes: The term is “Whore’s Bath”. Get used to it. The last thing you want to do is pay to take a shower in 2 inches of standing water and other people’s filth.
  • Sunscreen: There’s no way you are stupid enough to forget this right?
  • Earplugs: I know you’re thinking we are trying to protect your ears from loud festival music, but actually these earplugs are for sleeping in the campground at night.
  • Toilet Paper: Need to take a B.M. in the campground or in the festival? Have your own T.P. ready. This could just be a small pack of facial tissue, but you’ll want it in your vehicle/backpack. Especially if idiots decide to steal all the butt wipe from the port-a-potties in the festival and use it for concert streamers again.
  • Jumper Cables: Only bring these if you think you live in a world where your car battery can power your cow pasture dance party all weekend long.
  • Food Food Food: We mentioned it in our Coachella Survival Guide, but in case you didn’t already know… fast food is not the worst food in America… festival food is. Sasquatch lets you bring your own food into the festival, so DO IT! Just make sure it’s in little clear plastic bags in your backpack so the security chimps can see it clearly.
  • Shade: That’s right. Bring shade for your campsite. You won’t find any provided for you.
  • Empty Water Bottle: Take it into the festival and keep it filled up. Sasquatch doesn’t always do “refillable water stations” right. Sometimes the line can be really long. But it’s still better than buying little bottles of water for the price of a Kia.

Getting Into The Festival:

Each year, the lines to get through security can be long and daunting. Here are few things to keep in mind when you decide to leave the campground and head in for the music.

  • You’ll be turning your ticket in for a wristband before you get into the festival. Take care of that at one of the stations before getting in line for security.
  • If you’re facing the festival entrance, you’ll probably notice a giant crowd of people on the right hand side. If you wish to avoid that herd of cattle, just jaunt over to the left side of the entrance. For the past three years, we’ve noticed that this side moves a lot faster and for some reason people c0ntinue to pile up at the right side of the security check.
  • The s**t shacks on the way to the festival entrance tend to be a lot cleaner than those at the campground or inside the gates. So wait to do your business there if you can help it.
  • Take as little into the festival as possible. Your security search experience will be much more pleasant.
  • Should you wish to bring contraband in with you and you’re really nervous about being searched. Put it some place like your shoe, cigarette box, or hide it inside a clear plastic bag surrounded by crackers or some other food. Some days you’re gonna be searched like you’re Mother Teresa and other days you might get searched like you’re Osama Bin Laden. So just be prepared for the worst.

Inside The Festival:

  • If you’re into getting albums autographed, make the record store booth your first stop each day and check out the times bands will be signing. And remember… don’t be a douche and think showing up in line with a pen so someone will sign your saggy breasts will work. Buy something from the artist. It’s why they’re doing the signing in the first place. It’s also required.
  • If you’re with a large group of people, pick a home base. Maybe a blanket on the grassy main stage hill, maybe just a regular meeting spot. Cell service can be spotty, so don’t rely on it as a way to catch up with each other.
  • Buy your merchandise early. Every year, the best of the Sasquatch branded merchandise sells out by the second day of the festival. So if you’ve got your eye on that cool looking hoodie, buy it the first day.
  • If you’ve never been to a festival before… just brace yourself for the price of alcohol. You’ll spend more time having fun and less time griping and bumming out your friends if you do. Beer is expensive okay? Nine dollars a 16oz can. Either sneak your own in, or decide not to drink; but don’t bitch about the nearly $60 price per six pack. That’s just the way it is and it’s not going to change.
  • Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Whether bringing in a water bottle yourself or buying it there. Don’t overlook this critical piece to enjoying Sasquatch.
  • The crappers behind the main stage hill are usually in the best shape and can have the shortest waits depending on time of day.
  • If you’re bringing food in, bring protein, not carbs. Protein will give you better energy to keep going the length of a four day festival. Also, stay away from fiber if you can help it. You’ll probably have no choice but to poo at least once during your Sasquatch experience; you just don’t want it to be a regular thing.

If you’ve got something to add to this list of tips, leave a comment below! The best part about going to Sasquatch is we are all a part of one amazing community!

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