Lolla Survival Guide

This is post 2 of 7 in the Lollapalooza 2011 series

You’ve seen the lineup … that’s all that really matters, right? Yes, it’s all about the music, but there are a few things you should remember so you, or your bragging rights, don’t get drained before the first headlining band hits the stage. So, whether you’re a festival newbie or expert, don’t miss out on our Lolla Survival Guide. See what Mike, the RadioShack and Gizmodo contest winner, is packing to bring the best of Lollapalooza to you, too.

1. Sunscreen
When we say, “avoid getting burned,” we’re not talking about pyrotechnics – you shouldn’t try to get near those anyway. But let’s face it, it’s the middle of the summer and it will be hot. Taking a few minutes to slather on some sunscreen during the day is much better than burning. Being in the middle of a crowd or pushing your way to the front of the stage are the last things you want to do when even the touch of a feather hurts.

2. Bug Spray
If you didn’t know, this July was the wettest July in Chicago since records were kept. To top it off, it was also the third warmest July ever. That said, it’s the perfect environment for mosquitoes. Even if you’re into the vampire thing, nobody wants pesky, itchy bites getting in the way of their deep and misunderstood music experience.

3. Sunglasses
Yes, they make you look ultra cool. Especially the ones with the neon-colored temples. But, not to sound like your parents, they also help shade your eyes when you’re in the sun all day. You don’t want a headache to ruin your day. You also don’t want your face to get stuck from squinting so much.

4. Appropriate Shoes
There are two things that Lolla is not: a sit on a hill with your shoes off all-day concert, or a stand in the lounge in your runway-ready outfit show. If you want the real Lolla experience, you’ve got to get in the crowd. That means you should make sure your feet are covered, especially if you plan to jump in any of the mosh pits. Even if you don’t, you can plan for lots of standing and walking around, so comfortable shoes are a must.

5. Water Bottle/Pack
A great thing about Lollapalooza is that unlike other shows, you don’t have to pay outrageous amounts for water. Lolla lets you bring in two factory-sealed, one-liter bottles or a container to fill at one of the many free, filtered-water CamelBak Filling Stations around the park. If you pass out, it should be because you just met your favorite band and they invited you to go on tour, not because you were dehydrated. Personally, We’ve got our new CamelBak insulated water bottles ready.

6. Does-It-All Smartphone
Professional equipment isn’t allowed inside the Lolla gates, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get professional-like pics and videos. A great smartphone, like the new HTC Evo 3D , lets you capture and share the shows like never before. Best of all, it fits in your pocket.

7. Essential Apps
Not only will your phone be your personal A/V crew, there are also many must-have apps you should download. The official Lollapalooza app is available for iPhone and Android and is an essential Lolla tool that lets you browse the park, create a show schedule, group chat, easily find your friends and more. Best of all, it’s absolutely free. And because Lolla loves being green, check out all the CTA transportation apps with maps, schedules and more about public transportation.

8. Portable Power
The last thing you want is to have your battery die right before your favorite band goes on stage. Although there are a couple of power stations, why not have a mini power station with you? With Enercell Portable Power devices, you can easily connect your phones and devices to power them up for a few more hours.

9. Autograph Tools
Many an autograph opportunity has been missed due to lack of writing utensils. You can make sure to avoid this by packing a couple of permanent markers. You never know who you might run into.

10. Pack It All Together
It’s obvious you can’t carry all of this in your pockets, so having a great backpack is important. We’re going with a Targus® Sport Standard Notebook Backpack that provides plenty of storage inside and out, a protective material on the bottom to repel water and a headphone line-out jack to connect to always keep us connected to the music between shows.

The best concert experience is in your hands; just make sure you’re prepared for it, and make sure it’s allowed. Now, enjoy the show and make sure to follow us on Twitter @RadioShackLIVE to find out where we are and to share what you think of Lollapalooza 2011. If you’re not going to the show, you can still follow us to get an insider’s look and for the chance to score some cool gear. Now you know what you need for next year, too.

This is post 2 of 7 in the Lollapalooza 2011 series

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