First-Time Raver? Here’s What You Need To Know

First-Time Raver_ Here's What You Need To Know

Go with a group of people you know and trust.

Raves are meant to be super fun but in order to have the best time possible, you’ll wan to surround yourself with people you trust and who are truly respectful.

Raves can be overcrowded and can sometimes become overwhelming. With that, try place a buddy system in place so incase you decide to break away from your group, you’ll always have someone by your side.

First-Time Raver? Here's What You Need To Know

If groups aren’t your thing, it’s okay to go solo.

While groups are ideal, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go alone.

You’ll be surprised how many groups of attendees are quick to help solo ravers and  ready to welcome them with open arms into their group. 🙂

This should go without saying but you should always dress to impress.

While the music is usually why people go to raves, the fashion is another reason.

First-Time Raver? Here's What You Need To Know

You can always do a quick Google Image search for dope rave outfits and purchase online, but you can always get crafty and create your own, which is most advised as the best outfits are usually self made!

Checkout the rave guidelines before you go.

You can usually find a “Do & Don’t” page outlining the rules of the specific rave you’re going to.

First-Time Raver? Here's What You Need To Know

Some raves may only allow plastic water bottles, while another will not let them in.

Some raves could allow sealed packs of gum, and others none at all.

Also, these guidelines are pretty key especially if you plan to create your own outfit.


Some raves may prohibit things like LED gloves as well as kandi bracelets.

Also, please don’t expect the venue to be lenient about any of their listed contraband items, no matter how innocent. You can expect these items to be thrown away at the door.

Prepare the week before.

You want to feel great before you go so obviously make sure to get a good night’s sleep every night the week before.

Remember to stay hydrated and take daily vitamins.

Oh! And don’t forget to eat healthy.

Post rave R&R is just as important.

Whether you’re working or have class, make sure to give yourself at least a day or two off after the rave.

You will need your body to recover as a rave can turn into an entire night of sleeplessness and constant motion.

Don’t forget the essentials!

You’ll need the following:

  • water container
  • bandana – you’ll want one if you’re at an outside venu
  • super comfortable shoes and outfit
  • portable phone charger
  • sunglasses

Make your own Kandi.

Obviously if kandi bracelets are allowed 🙂

First-Time Raver? Here's What You Need To Know

Buy some beads online along with some stretchy cord.

Ravers tend to get pretty creative with their kandi, you might notice some elaborate bracelets with:

  • alphabet beads
  • charms
  • glow in the dark beads

Decide on a nonmoving check-in spot.

This is super key for groups.

Schedule a time for your entire group to check in midway during the event and before you all leave the venue.


Don’t rely on technology.

More often than not, your phone is going to die. Or you won’t have service. Or you won’t be able to find an outlet to charge your phone. Or your friends phone will  be dead.

With that, you’ll make to make sure your group has decided on a non-moving check-in spot.

Make at least ONE new friend.

A rave gives you 50 million opportunities to make new friends, so don’t blow every opportunity.

First-Time Raver? Here's What You Need To Know

Try to be sober.

This should really go without saying but please don’t let anyone pressure you to drink a lot of alcohol or take any type of drugs that you don’t want to take – especially if it’s a random stranger or someone in the crowd.

The overall end goal here is to make sure you are having the best time you possibly can, so make sure you are always in control of your situation.

If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

And if you decide to forgo being sober, which is understandable, just know your limits and if they are somehow crossed, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

IF you begin to feel:

  •  dizzy
  • faint
  • or sick for any reason

most events have EMTs stationed throughout the venue in order to help those who really need it.

Stay hydrated, hydrated, hydrated!

Staying hydrated and raves is super important and most rave venues now have water refill stations where you can fill a water bottle.


Raves are meant for you to feel free to let lose, relax, and be yourself.

Like you, everyone around you is there to listen to the music, so don’t be afraid to let go!

First-Time Raver? Here's What You Need To Know

Be open to new experiences.

Embrace the new experience and it with open eyes and arms, and you’ll be sure to have an amazing time.

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