We hope these tips go someway to helping you cope with camping, queues, washing and toilets that make festivals the destination of summer fun.
Check out the weather before you go, pack for rain or sun or if not sure pack for both, but be careful you don’t weigh yourself down with unnecessary kit. Pack sunscreen or take wellies your choice!
Don’t take a flag, otherwise no one can see what’s going on, OK to put one on your tent to identify it though.
Now we all know the toilets stink, trying using some spray under your nose before summoning up the courage to use them. Tiger Balm or Vick are great solutions for blocking out the smell.
Pack with purpose, keep toiletries accessible, only carry what you really need to wear, otherwise you will be bogged down with too many clothes. Put underwear in one bag, t-shirts in another, trousers/shorts in another, if they do get wet at least you can put them back into a separate bag.
Most festivals don’t let you bring in alcohol, check before you go. Please don’t take plastic.
You may find there is no mobile phone reception, if there’s a group of you buy a signal booster.
Don’t camp near a toilet or fence, people use them in the wrong way when they’ve had a drink.
Don’t take anything unnecessary or valuable to a festival, if its lost there’s little chance of finding it amongst 20,000 + people or the mud!
Check you have insurance for yourself and your phone
Put things in zipped pockets at festivals – its extra security. Bum bags are brilliant for keeping things safe on YOU.
Take a torch for nightime toilet visits
Keep your water bottle filled there are plenty of water points at festival sites. Please stay hydrated.
Take a spare bottle to fill up and have at the tent for cleaning teeth etc. Hand sanitiser is a festival must have.
Taking a swimsuit means you can shower from a bottle outside the tent rather than joining the queues, if the weather’s good! OK so its not a full on shower but it will make you feel marginally cleaner.
Take a shower in the afternoon when everyone else is wandering around or sleeping, queues are much better.
Don’t forget an emergency power bank, plenty of places to re-charge on most festival sites for a small fee.
Lots of standing/dancing at festivals, so take shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty(muddy) wellies, not brand new white trainers – there’s no chance of returning with them white or clean. Flip flops are notorious for toe injurys when people dancing wildly and not looking out for others.
Lots to see at festivals plan you day don’t rush off in different directions and then end up not having a good experience. Take time to plan who you will see, what you will eat.
Try to eat healthy food, so many avenues of food stalls with lots to offer.
Lots of bands and festivals, will show excerts online after the festival has finished, much better quality, enjoy the moment no need for a massive film shoot.
Travelling by car bring a spare key.
Travelling by train or coach, your ticket is probably on your phone but if you lose it, so it’s not a bad idea to have the printed version as a back-up.
Make friends with your neighbours you can look out for each other.
Lots of festivals offer lockers for storing valuables check in advance if you need to reserve or book one.
Look out for each other, festivals are pretty full-on so enjoy the experience and bring back great memories, but also take time to chill.
Now we all know queues go on forever, so be prepared to stand around for awhile waiting for toilets, food etc, take a friend so you can dip-out if necessary.
Where you can wash your hands, even if its from your water bottle.
The yucky bit………..try not to go for a number two in the morning – everyone else will have been….sorry, we did warn you.
Find a landmark near your tent so you can see it is when you come home tired or pissed.
Don’t put your money or cards all in one place.
Try to get some sleep.
Take a basic medical kit, but don’t worry there are lots of first aid stations at festivals but there may be a queue.
Putting a lock on your tent, makes it look like you have valuables inside.
Have a meeting point so it you are split up you have an arranged time and place to meet.
Check the festival website before leaving for any updates.
If you do lose your phone have you face as the wallpaper and your friends tel number over so they can call and says its found.