Going to concerts is a lot of fun. Traveling to see live music can add another level of excitement to the event. However, traveling for a concert requires you to do some planning in advance. If you want to have the best possible experience, you need to know what you’re doing. Here are some things to know when you travel to a concert.

1. Know Where You’re Staying

Before you arrive in your destination city, make sure you have a place to stay. This could be a hotel, or it might be with a friend. You need to make sure that you’ve confirmed your plan. Otherwise, you might get out of the concert and realize there are no hotel rooms left. Maybe the friend you were going to stay with isn’t available. This will leave you in a difficult position that can easily be avoided by doing some preparation ahead of time.

2. Keep Your Car Maintained

You might be driving to this concert. In the United States, all vehicles collectively travel trillions of miles each month. While this is a great way to have a fun road trip and get to your destination for less money than a flight, you need to make sure that your car is in good shape before you leave. If it breaks down on the road, it could cause you to miss your concert. You’ll end up with expensive towing and repair bills in order to get it working again. While some car problems can be unavoidable, you can prevent a lot of common mistakes by getting your car maintained before you travel.

3. Have Your Tickets On You

Americans love to go to concerts. In fact, 35% said they attended a concert in 2018. Most of these events require you to not only buy a ticket but to provide that ticket when you enter the venue. The last thing you want to do is travel for hours or days only to realize you don’t have your tickets. Whether you have paper or digital tickets, make sure you have them before you leave. Then check for them regularly when you’re on the road.

4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

When you travel to an unfamiliar place, you’re in a vulnerable position. Your risk of getting lost or becoming a victim of a crime gets higher than it would be in your home city. As you travel, be aware of your surroundings. Keep alert and sober at all times and, if you travel with friends, look out for each other. You don’t want to have your experience ruined by having something happen during it. If you’re aware of what’s going on around you, you’ll be able to avoid a lot of potential problems.

5. Don’t Go If You’re Sick

This one is hard. If you get to your destination and you’re sick when you’re there, don’t go to the concert. It can be tempting to brush off your symptoms and go, but that isn’t safe for you or the people around you. When you’re sick, you carry germs that can also get others sick. A crowded concert venue is an ideal place to spread disease. Keep an eye on your symptoms. If you have a fever, don’t go. A normal fever ranges from 100.4 F° to 104 F°, so measure your temperature before going to the concert.

When you travel to go to a concert, you need to be more prepared than you would in your hometown. Otherwise, your plans could end in disaster. Take some time to consider everything on this list and apply it to your concert planning process. That way, you can enjoy the road trip and the music without having to worry about these problems!