Must-Have Sup­plies For En­joy­ing Out­door Events

The Oakdale Leader - - 209 LIVING -

Out­door venues boast cer­tain ad­van­tages over in­door fa­cil­i­ties. That is why many con­certs, movies, dra­matic pro­duc­tions, and other types of entertainment fre­quently take place out­side when the weather co­op­er­ates. One ad­van­tage to out­door events is space. Parks or fields typ­i­cally can hold many more par­tic­i­pants than the­aters or au­di­to­ri­ums. Cost is an­other fac­tor. Less main­te­nance and fewer ameni­ties trans­lates to lower ticket prices – with some out­door events even be­ing free. At­tend­ing mu­sic fes­ti­vals, out­door movies or other events out­doors re­quires care­ful plan­ning. To in­crease com­fort, cer­tain must-haves are par for the course. De­pend­ing on space, the venue may al­low lawn or beach chairs. Bring some­thing light­weight that is easy to carry. Beach chairs with built-in back­pack straps can make it less of a chore to take chairs along. Other­wise bring along a blan­ket that easily can be rolled up into a bag. Some are even wa­ter-re­sis­tant so they can be placed on damp grass. Sunscreen is a must-have for day­time events, no mat­ter the tem­per­a­ture. When the sun be­gins to set, in­sects may be­come preva­lent. Keep away bit­ing mosquitoes, gnats and more with in­sect re­pel­lent. If you’ll be trekking through trees or high grass, bring a re­pel­lent that works against ticks. Dust off those binoc­u­lars be­cause you may need them for an out­door con­cert if you want to see the stage and per­form­ers. You may not need them for an out­door movie if the screen is large enough. If you at­tend a loud event, such as a rock con­cert, us­ing ear pro­tec­tion is a smart idea. You’ll still hear what’s go­ing on, but at lower deci­bels. Plus, you won’t head home with inces­sant ring­ing in your ears. Con­ces­sions may be ex­pen­sive and far away from your seat­ing area. Pack non­per­ish­able re­fresh­ments that will sat­isfy your hunger and thirst. Wa­ter is al­ways best for stay­ing hy­drated. Avoid al­co­holic and caf­feinated bev­er­ages, which can make you even more thirsty. Out­door venues of­ten are ser­viced by out­door re­strooms. Those por­ta­ble toi­lets, de­pend­ing on main­te­nance and the size of crowds, may not be the clean­est nor the best stocked. Avoid germs by pack­ing an al­co­hol­based hand san­i­tizer and a pack­age of flush­able toi­let wipes. In ad­di­tion to hav­ing mo­bile phones to keep in touch with other mem­bers of your party, bring along pho­tos (or take a re­cent one with said phone) of chil­dren in at­ten­dance. Should kids get lost or sep­a­rated, you’ll have a means of iden­ti­fy­ing them to oth­ers who are help­ing in the search. Chil­dren also can wear tem­po­rary tat­toos fea­tur­ing par­ents’ phone num­bers. Des­ig­nate a vis­i­ble meet­ing spot if any­one gets lost. At­tend­ing out­door events can be en­joy­able. Bring along the right items and the fun fac­tor is in­creased.

Pack ap­pro­pri­ately for out­door events to in­crease com­fort and se­cu­rity.

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