Decadence Festival Arizona NYE 2023

Staying Warm at a Music Festival this New Years Eve

It’s that time of year again: festival season! Whether you’re attending a small music festival in the woods or a massive one like Decadence in the desert, there are some things you need to know about staying warm and healthy while soaking up everything the music festival has to offer. In this guide, we’ll cover everything from gear to hydration to tips for surviving a cold night under the stars.

Winter Gear

  • Wear layers
  • Pack a bag with essentials – make sure to check the festival website for allowed items!
  • Bring your backpack, not a tote bag or fanny pack – again! check the Festival’s website to see what’s allowed!
  • Don’t forget your hat, gloves, and scarf!
  • Stay hydrated! Drink lots of fluids before during and after – you don’t realize how much energy you are using out on that dance floor!
  • Drink hot chocolate (or coffee) to stay warm!
  • Emergency blankets are an inexpensive item to grab at almost any Walmart or Target in the camping section!


  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Bring a water bottle and refill it at each stop, or take advantage of the various vendors selling bottled water.
  • Avoid alcohol— this one is a hard sell on New Years, BUT, you will want to stay alert in case of emergencies and want to be able to get around the festival easily with your friends who may not be sober!


Layers are a must. You can wear each layer over the other, and you won’t have to worry about peeling it off if you get too hot. It’s also very easy to peel off layers when it gets warmer or colder.

Here are some examples of what kind of layers you should bring:

  • Long underwear (merino wool is best)
  • Wool socks (preferably merino or synthetics)
  • Base layer (also known as long johns)

Hand warmers

Hand warmers are the most versatile heat source for a music festival, and can be used over and over. If you’re trying to stay warm in your tent or sleeping bag, place one on each side of your body before bedtime to keep from getting too cold during the night. You can also use hand warmers to put some extra warmth into your clothes or shoes if they feel chilly while walking around camp. The best part is that they’re reusable—you can use one hand warmer over and over again!

If you see a friend shivering at a music festival, consider giving them one of your hand warmers as a gift. It’ll make both of you feel better! PLUR!


It’s important to have the right gear for any festival, but especially if it’s in winter months or in an exotic location. Paying attention to your own health is crucial, as well as taking care of others. We hope that this article has given some helpful tips on how to stay warm at a music festival!

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