1. A plan
There's a lot to do and see at Outside Lands, but don’t make the rookie/early 20s mistake of spending all day on the hunt for a friend who has lost sense of space and time in the Heineken Dome. (Though, it is worth a spin around this igloo-like dancehall -- especially if there's no line and it’s chilly outside.) Set a meeting place and pick your priorities instead of running from stage to stage -- be an adult and leisurely peruse the smaller stages, experiences, and interactive tents on the periphery of the main stages.
Check out the Gastro Stage -- which pairs music and San Francisco’s food scene -- to hang with a more mature crowd that’s more interested in soaking in culture than pushing and shoving to the front.
2. Braces and athletic tape
Oh, you thought arch support and knee braces were for marathon runners? Well, I ask you, what is a marathon if not three days of festivaling? My personal go-to is KT tape, which offers nice support and pain relief for my arthritic knees, without appearing bulky under jeans.