[SOLD OUT] Groove Cruise 2018: High seas-certified survival guide
Sure, fall sounds pretty enticing; there’s a pile of new tunes to discover, Halloween raves to rock, and a prime excuse to rep a cozy new tour hoodie. But there’s nothing quite like the combo of endless live music and sunshine, and Groove Cruise isn’t about to let 2018 end without an extra dose–96 straight hours worth, to be exact. The floating festival takes dance music die-hards from “Cali to Cabo” for a one-of-a-kind experience, departing from San Diego and sailing the balmy seas straight for a private island beach party hosted by Duke Dumont.
Halloween starts early Cabo style with themed parties day and night (aliens on a boat, anyone?). For those willing and used to camping out in tents after their favorite fest sets, the amenities are certifiably mind-blowing. 24-hour room service? Pools and hot tubs galore? It’s a genuine paradise even without a lineup that’s overflowing with both proven legends and rising stars. Benny Benassi, Laidback Luke, and Shiba San are a just a few of the supreme sets scheduled to rock the boat this October. Oh, and fans’ favorite dance music stars won’t be hibernating backstage between performances; they’ll be chilling poolside with the #GrooveCruiseFam drink in hand.
GrooveCruise is like no other festival around, and that calls for a very special list of must-pack cruising carry-on items. Shipmates from first-timers to seasoned vets can ensure their week on the high seas is as prime as possible with our Groove Cruise-certified survival guide:
Seeing sick sets > seasickness. This might go without saying, but dancing and seasickness DO NOT mix. Luckily, there’s a super simple way to fend off the bad feels. Slapping a Sea Band on your wrist will hit nausea where it hurts, protecting pressure points all day long. This way, dancing is the only reason for flopping around wildly. These bad boys are one-size fits all. Best of all, they’re machine-washable in case dipping your entire arm in a margarita sounded like a good idea at the time.
Be good to your skin! The allure of Cabo in October? The sun is strong all day long! The potentially dangerous aftermath of Cabo in October? Exactly that. The goal is to eat lobster, not become one. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to look pool-party-approved and protect your skin in an official DA dad cap. Augment with non toxic, sea-life safe Reef Safe SPF 30 and Groove Cruisers and you’ll be ready to bake safely in the sun while your friends back home knit ugly sweaters.
Stay charged up. One of the epic things about Groove Cruise is having miles of ocean separating your new dreamland from work email and that one aunt that awkwardly comments on your every post. But that hairdryer, cell phone, curling iron, and rechargeable LED set of butterfly wings aren’t going to charge themselves, especially with the crew likely sharing rooms, you can’t go wrong tossing a few wall adapters in the carry-on.
Protect your ears for the long haul. 96 straight hours of beautiful, blasting music sounds epic, but it’s also liable to take a toll on your ears. Beyond taking a break, using a great set of ear plugs can make sure your ears will stay free of annoying ringing at the end of a great week. Plus there’s the awesome added benefit of having instant silence if a quiet sleeping situation becomes scarce.
Protect against dehydration. Shipping off to Cabo is a sweaty endeavor, even without live music euphoria in the equation. Creators might have made Pedialyte with kids in mind, but the true beneficiaries from this heavenly creation are the kids at heart. It’s like a grab-and-go hydration station with a restorative mix of electrolytes and minerals. One big bottle should be enough to power through even the most action-packed day — while supplies last in the ship’s stock. Otherwise, we recommend buying a case of water or gatorade.
Make the voyage Facebook-official. Every millennial knows the cardinal rule: a trip, or any life event, doesn’t REALLY count unless there’s social media proof. This is where the GoPro comes in. Its durable and waterproof build make the camera perfect for capturing selfies on top of the decks, or in the ocean. Or, for those more interested in the scenery, its hi-def features allow for some colorful captures.
Ensure cell phones live on. Everyone has great intentions when it comes to phone safety — paying close attention and making sure no drops happen, keeping it in a safe space, etc. However, realistically the combination of dancing, alcohol, and visual stimulation is often a combination that doesn’t bode well for phones. Luckily there’s a fix: a solid phone case. Lifeproof in particular is an excellent option for phone defense, because of its waterproof capabilities. This way, guest can bring their phone onto the beach while feeling safe in knowing they won’t be destroyed.