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In the early 1980s, dance parties paved the way for more elaborate music events, also known as – raves. The camaraderie and fun these festivals generate are extremely popular and are still “in style” today. 

If you happen to be getting an invite to a rave in 2023 and you actually remember your first one in the 80s, it may be time for a quick refresher on what you should bring and what kind of rave clothes you should wear. 

Here are five things you need to bring to every rave. 

1. Rave Clothes

Location and type of venue are crucial in choosing which rave clothes to wear. Of course, you want your attire to match the music genre, but you also want to consider whether it’s an “all-nighter” or a weekend festival. You want to prepare for the weather and be comfortable in order to enjoy the experience.

During the pandemic, it’s interesting to note that live stream music events became quite popular, and concert “goers” dressed the part. There are great options for this, including drive-in events and even more! 

There are clothes to match every style and gender. Go with something risky or something casual, and define your own style. Always keep in mind that you want to wear something that will be flattering and comfortable enough for you to dance and enjoy the show! 

2. Hydration Packs

My one and only experience at a rave took place over 48 hours in the California desert. Back in those days, they actually didn’t have the efficient options that they have today for rave-goers. 

If your rave is held outside or overnight, you want to be sure to stay hydrated. Chances are you will be consuming alcohol during the event, and if you do not replenish fluids and are dancing in the sun, that can be a dangerous situation.

Luckily, there are options today with hydration packs. You can wear a stylish yet compact backpack that holds all the fluids you will need to stay hydrated during the experience. 

Prioritize your health as much as your style when preparing to attend a rave.

3. Protection

No, not that kind (although that’s not a bad idea either!). When attending a rave, be sure to bring a hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes. You should also bring sunscreen to protect yourself.

Even before the pandemic, the idea of sweating and touching hundreds of other concert patrons while dancing in the crowd is a recipe for getting sick. There are oftentimes not adequate ways to wash your hands if using a portable restroom, so it is really important to bring something of your own that’s easy to use and put in your pocket or bag. 

Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. A lot of raves are day/evening-long events, and it is easy to lose track of time when having fun. Put on a good coat of sunscreen before you get dressed to protect yourself when outside. 

4. Portable Chargers

You may not think you’ll use your phone as much during a rave, but chances are between photos, checking text messages, and just being out all day, your battery is going to run out quickly. 

Be sure to find a travel-friendly charger that easily fits in your pocket or fanny pack (coming up!). Make sure it is charged before the event and that you have the correct fitting adapters and cords if needed.

Bonus points if you get a charger that is powerful enough to charge your friends’ phones too. 

5. Zippered Pockets & Fanny Packs

Nothing is more exciting than a useful pocket in an outfit that also has a zipper. If your rave outfit has one of these, you are lucky indeed. If you don’t want to have an overstuffed pocket, carrying your valuables in a zipper pocket is a great idea. 

Fanny packs may have been more popular back in the 80s than they are today, but they are still “cool” accessories and must-haves for raves. As mentioned, you won’t be able to fit everything into your pocket. That’s why a small but space-efficient fanny pack can be a lifesaver.

The best thing about them is they are very secure around your waist and do not interfere at all with your dancing moves! 

Last Thoughts

Everyone should experience a rave at least once in their lives. There is a very therapeutic feeling about sharing the love of music and singing the lyrics to the songs along with people you’ve never met. There is an immediate bond, and it’s a special experience. 

Just be sure to bring your essentials and rave on!