The sun is shining while you dance with your BFFs and listen to your favorite bands perform live—it really doesn’t get much better than music festivals. Well, a vegan music festival—where all the artists, food vendors, and festival attendees are vegan—would be better. But until they start organizing those, check out these tips to help you navigate through regular music festivals.

Scope out all the vegan-food vendors.

This is obviously the most important thing to do because … food. Before you even get to the festival, check online to see which vegan food vendors will be there so that you can plan your attack. Otherwise, you could panic and buy the first smoothie you see and then stumble upon Southern Fried Vegan or PFFP moments later, only to find that you’re too full from that smoothie. … The pits.

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Bring vegan snacks.

You rage your face off all day, and when you finally get back to wherever you’re sleeping, you are going to be hungry. You can go the healthy route with carrots and hummus, Clif Bars, etc., or indulge in some grade A vegan junk food. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of satisfying options to munch on.

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And remember: You can never have too many snacks, because your broccoli might spill everywhere and you’ll need a plan B. It happens more than you think.

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Bring vegan meals.

Even if you’re staying somewhere that serves food, there’s a big chance that all you’ll be served is eggs and bacon for breakfast and burgers for dinner. Barf. Find out in advance what kitchen appliances you’ll have access to, and pick your meals accordingly.

For breakfast, a microwave + freezer = frozen vegan breakfast burritos. A refrigerator = vegan cereal and almond milk. And if you won’t have access to any of the above, bring cereal bars and rethink your housing arrangements.


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For lunch or dinner, you can bring some frozen vegan meals or vegan wraps. Not only is it convenient to have some options if you don’t end up near any vendors during lunch or dinnertime, it also saves money to skip buying every single meal.


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Make sure you’re rocking 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free fashion.

Fashion is always kind of a big deal at music festivals. Something about walking around in hot weather for hours and hours makes people want to get all dressed up. Knowing you, you’ll probably want to buy a couple of accessories new wardrobe. Just make sure you always look at the label before you buy anything. You gotta check the material so you don’t accidentally pay for cruelty. Like, a lot of hats can seem like they’re made of acrylic felt when they’re actually made of wool.

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Once you’re in the clear, the possibilities are endless: cotton fanny packs, faux-leather shoes, straw hats, faux-fur vests with the matching faux-fur pants. Mm—work it, girl.

Bring cruelty-free cosmetics and toiletries.

Your friends on Snapchat are going to expect your selfies to involve some fierce festival makeup. Don’t disappoint them—you asked for this life.


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Try a cruelty-free foundation with SPF in it to protect your beautiful vegan face. My favorite is Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream with SPF 35. As far as mascara goes, I love e.l.f. Studio Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara for when my favorite band comes on and I start crying uncontrollably in case there’s a pool around or whatever.


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There are a ton of cruelty-free vegan cosmetics at easily accessible stores like Ulta, Sephora, and Target, so the options are endless.

And don’t forget to bring some cruelty-free soap, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste. If you’re staying at a hotel or RV campsite, the complimentary stuff they offer is most likely made out of animal-tested chemicals. LUSH has great all-natural vegan and cruelty-free travel-size options.


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Stay hydrated.

Dehydration is the number one party foul. To make sure you never go thirsty, CamelBaks are great! And NO, they’re not dorky.

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BYOVB (Bring Your Own Vegan Beer).

Over 21: You most definitely shouldn’t have a problem finding vegan libations since so many beers and liquors are naturally vegan, so just know which ones to avoid—and JUST IN CASE, it never hurts to have some on hand. And as always, don’t forget to recycle.

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Bring cruelty-free deodorant.

It’s important not to overlook this one, for obvious reasons.

Good thing there are so many cruelty-free deodorant options that it’s overwhelming. My favorite is Tom’s of Maine. #ArmpitsOnFleek.

Pack cruelty-free sunscreen and self-tanner.

There are a whole lot of cruelty-free sunscreens out there as well as cruelty-free self-tanners for those of you living life on the edge. Whatever you put on your skin, make sure it’s at least SPF 15, because nothing ruins the sound of music like burned skin.

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As you can see, it’s super-easy to be vegan and cruelty-free at music festivals—it just takes a tiny bit of planning. Now that you’ve got it down, be sure to check out how to be vegan at Disneyland!

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Cinderella | Photo by: HarshLight | CC by 2.0