When you prepare yourself for a rip-roaring time at Monster Jam, there are important steps to take to maximize your experience. Especially, if you plan to bring your children along with you. In this article, you’ll discover five things to bring to Monster Jam and why you should bring them.
By the end, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your Monster Jam experience to the fullest. So, whether it’s your first Jam or you’re a seasoned veteran, there are always ways to enhance any experience. While first-timers will find the most value here, seasoned vets might also pick up a thing or two along the way.
1. Protective Footwear
If one thing is for sure, Monster Jam is not a flip-flops or sandals event. You’ll want to make sure that you choose the right footwear to protect your feet for the long haul. Since you never know where your journey may take you, you want to make sure to protect your feet along the way.
Additionally, boots or hiking shoes will do a better job of keeping your feet warm throughout the event. On the other hand, there’s no need to go overboard with your protective footwear either since it’s not like your entering a construction project. The key here is to protect your feet from encountering potentially muddy terrain.
Lastly, if you plan to join the Pit Party at Monster Jam, you’ll definitely want to make sure to fully cover your feet.
Remember, Monster Jam shows are rain or shine, so it’s important to be prepared in the event of rain. In addition to protective footwear, you’ll want to do the best possible job of keeping your body dry. A rain jacket or umbrella might come to mind, but a poncho is a good piece of lightweight attire that will do a great job of keeping you dry.
Comparatively, packing some ponchos is less bulky than lugging around umbrellas or rain jackets. With a poncho, you’ll be able to stay focused on the show rather than staying dry. And as all Monster Jam fans know, a show in the rain can get turned up a notch with all of the mud involved.
3. Ear Protection
Never underestimate the roaring sounds of the engines at Monster Jam. Adults and children both need ear protection at Monster Jam to truly enjoy everything it has to offer. Without good hearing protection, there’s the chance of tinnitus, which is a temporary ringing in the ears.
Similar to a loud rock concert, any signs of tinnitus after the show can be alarming. And the worst part is that you don’t even realize that you were damaging your ears until after the show. For this reason, it’s of the utmost importance to provide your own hearing protection.
According to Monster Jam, venues do provide earplugs, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll be available. With that being said, the Ear Protection Pros provide a complete list of the best ear protection devices for Monster Jam. Use it to ensure you arrive with the proper hearing protection.
4. Blankets & Cushions
Since you’re there for hours, you’ll want to make sure that you’re comfortable during those hours. Plus, if you attend the event with your children and significant other, you’ll want to make sure that they’re comfortable too.
If the temps get cold at any point during the show, a blanket will definitely come in handy to keep your group warm. By being able to huddle up beneath a blanket, the shared body heat will allow you to continue enjoying the show without a hitch.
Additionally, for added comfort, a seat cushion is another handy item to have on hand. Rather than having to stay parked on a hard bench, a cushion will give your bum something more inviting to rest on during the show. All in all, these two items ensure that you’ll be comfortable and warm throughout the show.
5. Snacks & Drinks
Monster Jam advises guests to check with their local stadiums to see what’s allowed to be brought into the event. In some cases, stadiums will allow outside food & drinks into the event. Considering the high price of food and drinks inside the event, you could end up saving yourself a bunch of cash, especially if you have a large group.
The key here is to keep your snacks & drinks simple and sealed. Because security at any event is unlikely to allow open beverages and food into the event. Additionally, there’s usually the option to tailgate before the event, which opens the door to doing some grilling before you enter.
By preparing food & drinks ahead of time, you’ll not only save yourself money, but you’ll also not have to listen to any hungry mouths to feed while enjoying the show.
Ultimately, Monster Jam events are meant to be full of fun and joy. The last thing you want to do is roll up to the event unprepared and expect Monster Jam to provide you with everything you need. Just imagine not having ear protection or enough cash handy to buy food and drinks for your group. This is definitely not something you want to happen.
Also, one additional item to pack is a permanent marker for autographs. Be sure to wear any fan gear you own for potential autographs from your favorite drivers. Plus, a permanent marker is all the more important if you bought tickets to the Pit Party to see the trucks and drivers up close.
Children are the most likely to treasure autographs from drivers. One good idea is to bring a photo or small poster for an autograph that can be framed later.
Lastly, similar to travel, it’s just as important not to overpack as it is not to under-pack. Remember, you want to bring the essentials without having to lug around any heavy bags full of things you’ll never end up using. By following the tips sprinkled throughout this article, you set yourself up for the best possible chance of enjoying your Monster Jam experience.