These ideas seem great when you wake up in the morning amped about that day's festival. They're not.

These ideas seem great when you wake up in the morning amped about that day's festival. They're not.

1. Bringing your dog.

A sunny day spent cavorting in a beautiful park - sounds like a perfect playdate for you and your pup. Oh, except for the fact that there'll be thousands of other people in said park, making it hard for your dog to do anything other than freak out and try to break free from the leash.

Bottom line: taking your dog to the park is a great idea, as long as it's any day other than festival day.

2. Wearing flip-flops.

They're cute, they're comfy, and they let your feet stay cool on hot summer days. Oh, and they're terrible for walking more than a couple blocks, they can't stand up to mud and they most often end up totally broken by the end of the day.

3. Driving there.

They set up special festival parking areas for a reason, right? You'll save a ton of time by zipping over, parking by the entrance and hightailing it out of there as soon as you've had your fill of corndogs.

That is, until you get there and the main and overflow parking lots are full, so you have to drive around looking for an auxiliary lot with shuttle service.

Just take the bus! COTA beefs up bus service around big summer festivals. Check the routes and see if you can walk to a bus stop or find a place to park and ride.

4. Considering a rain shower to be the equivalent of a regular shower.

ComFest hippies, we're talking to you. Rubbing shoulders with the sweaty masses is bad enough; rubbing shoulders with the unshowered sweaty masses is enough to make us nauseous.

5. Joining a drum circle.

Wait, does this ever seem like a good idea? Just in case - a drum circle does not make you look like a free-spirited artsy type. It makes you look like a tool.