Towel or Blanket
Unless you like sand in your shorts, bring something to spread out and mark your territory while waiting for your favorite band to take the stage. The two main stages are on the beach, so you will need a blanket or towel at some point during the weekend. A common practice is to dig makeshift couches into the sand, so watch your step.
Totem or Flagpole
If you plan on attending Hangout in a large group, bring a totem of some kind. Your group will split up at some point since there are so many good acts to see, so a tall flagpole or sign unique to the group will save a lot of time and frustration when everyone tries to meet up for the headliner later in the day. Keep in mind that cell service is spotty at best, so make a plan and stick to it.
This may sound obvious, but Hangout is literally on the beach, so pack plenty of sunscreen just like you would a family vacation. The worst thing you can do is get sunburnt on the first day of the festival. Bring a hat and sunglasses, but don’t worry about looking cool; functionality is all that matters at Hangout, so make sure that sun hat keeps the back of your neck nice and shady.
A Friendly Attitude
Alabama is known for its southern hospitality, so be nice to everyone you see. Strike up a conversation with the people near you. Everyone is here to have a good time, and odds are you share good taste in music. Have fun and make some friends!
Photo: Christopher Chase Edmunds