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Surviving The Hangout

Dave Matthews might sing “Don’t Drink the Water,” but you should actually do the opposite this weekend. Drink the water. Drink lots of it. Drink it even if you’re afraid of having to use a port-o-potty.

Staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the sun are the two most important elements of Hangout Fest survival. To make doing just that easier this year, the fine folks at Hangout are allowing aerosol sunscreen and one empty water bottle per person into the Fest. They are going to have multiple refilling stations so you can stay hydrated. Just make sure your bottle isn’t glass.

You should also wear your swimsuit even though you can’t get into the Gulf. You’ll be glad you did when you see everybody else cooling off in the misters while you’re sweating it out.

Also familiarize yourself with the large, can’t miss ‘em Hangout landmarks – like the Ferris wheel and oversized chair. Those make much better meeting spots for finding friends than saying “I’ll find you at Wilco.” Yeah, sure you will.

Know that your bag will be searched upon entry to the festival – so consider this your official warning. Be smart about what you try and bring in. Just remember, the smarter you are, the easier the searches, which means the line will move quicker and we’ll all benefit from that.

Here’s what you can bring in: blankets and beach towels, prescription medication, baby strollers and small wagons for toddlers, non-professional cameras (no detachable lenses), one empty non-glass water container up to two liters in size, Camelbacks (as long as they are empty), sunscreen (including aerosol).

Here’s what you should leave at home: weapons, illegal substances, large backpacks, booze, kites, glow sticks, glass, outside food, skateboards, motorized carts or scooters (unless ADA verified), bikes, large chains and spiked jewelry, fireworks, umbrellas, chairs of any kind, coolers of any size, tents, pets (except service dogs), video equipment, professional cameras and audio recording equipment.