In case you missed the exciting news, Mojostock will last for an entire weekend this year, instead of just a single day. While that means twice as much music and partying, it also means you need to be twice as prepared. In my third year of music festivaling, I’m still learning tips and tricks with the passing of each event, but I’ve got a plethora of experience when it comes to surviving a festival. As the countdown to Mojostock continues to dwindle, I’ll be releasing some of those tidbits of information, suggestions, and advice to help make your Mojostock experience the best one yet.
Today’s lesson: beverages
COOLERS: Keep a beverage cooler and a food cooler. Drinks are less sensitive to the heat and the cooler holding them is inevitably opened and shut more frequently. Preserve the ice and cool air protecting your perishable food by only getting into that cooler when you’re cooking and eating.
WATER: I know you want to get drunk, but it’ll be hot and dehydration can happen to anyone. You can define your own alcohol:water ratio (every person’s body is different), but make sure you bring plenty of water… and that you actually drink it.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I BRING? A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water, per person, per day. Remember- this includes water for drinking, cleaning, and cooking.
Starbucks Via: even a coffee snob like myself can get behind this instant coffee product for both it’s ease and taste. Single-serve Via packets contain microgrinded arabica coffee beans, pulverized to a powder in a way that preserves all of their essential oils and flavor. Add them to your water bottle for a little extra kick to your hydration, or boil water in the morning for the best cup of instant coffee you’ve ever had.
Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka: There’s been a recent surge in sweet tea vodka varieties available, but I continue to stick with the brand that’s been faithfully serving me well for the last three years s. It’s ALWAYS my festival drink of choice, for several reasons:
• It mixes with water, which is a festival necessity you should already have plenty of on hand.
• It saves space in the cooler by eliminating the need to bring mixers; just add water from the nearest jug. (Don’t even get me started on the obnoxious amount of space that beer cans require.)
• It mixes with water, so you’re doing double duty: hydration and intoxication at the same time!
• It’s refreshing. I don’t know about you, but cans of carbonated beer are the last thing I want to be drinking in the hot sun. Wouldn’t you rather have a cold glass of iced tea (with a special kick)?
DIRECTIONS: In one large water bottle, add two handfuls of ice. Pour sweet tea vodka until ice is covered. Toss in a lemon slice. Fill to top with water.
NOTE: Before heading out to the festival, get a large water bottle to pour your sweet tea vodka (or any liquor, for that matter) out of the glass bottle it comes in. Glass is always a no-no at a music festival.