I Went Cashless at a Music Festival
Have you ever lost your wallet at a music festival? Same.
If you could put all of your cash on your RFID bracelet for food, booze, and merch, would you?This article originally appeared on CNET
How to survive a music festival: pack light.
When you're surrounded by sweaty crowds and long lines, the last thing you want to do is carry anything valuable that could get stolen -- like your wallet.
That's why many music festivals around the world, such as Outside Lands in San Francisco, are rolling out wristbands that let you go totally cashless. Inside these wristbands sits a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that not only grants you access to the venue, but acts as a digital wallet.
So I donned my cutoff shorts and fur vest -- or in the case of San Francisco's weather, a warm coat and boots -- to test out the system.
Festival goers are encouraged to load up the wristband with a dollar value using a credit/debit card or PayPal before their visit. That process was relatively painless, though I decided not to enable the auto-top up feature just in case ordering multiple serves of $15 waffle fries got out of hand.
Otherwise, the festival had wristband top-up stands around the grounds to add money.