Off to a festival this summer? With V Festival this weekend and Bestival coming up on the 10th of September, there’s plenty to get excited about! We’ve put together some handy advice for making the most of the weekend.
Read on to discover our top tips for festival goers – and don’t forget to add yours in the comments below!
- Know before you go
Before you start packing, make sure you know what you can and can’t take into a festival. You don’t want to turn up and have your glass bottles confiscated, or find out that you can’t have a disposable barbecue! Check the festival website to make sure you’ve only packed things that you’ll actually be allowed to take with you.
- Bring gaffer tape
Gaffer tape is perfect for emergency tent repairs. It can patch up holes in your tent as well as repairing poles. Accidents happen, so make sure you can keep camping!
- Be prepared for rain
Even if you leave for the festival in blazing sunshine, it’s probably sensible to be ready for it to rain (especially if you’ll be in the UK!). Pack a rain poncho and some spare clothes in case of sudden downpours, and bring some plastic bags to keep your wet and dry clothes separate, and the inside of your tent dry.
- Be prepared for sun!
It’s not all doom and gloom – it might even be sunny! Throw in some sun cream and a hat to keep the sun off. You don’t want to be caught out if the summer decides to turn up at your festival!
- Look after your valuables
It’s best not to take anything to a festival that you can’t afford to replace, but anything that you do take should be looked after! Rather than putting your money in your wallet or loose in a pocket, use a bum bag or a chest or arm wallet. They’re much safer from pickpockets. If it’s wet and things start getting muddy, put your phone and money in zip lock bags to make sure they survive!
- Camp strategically
When you arrive at the festival, make sure you pick a good spot to pitch your tent. It goes without saying that if possible you should steer clear of walkways (noisy) and toilets (smelly), but also try to avoid camping in a dip – otherwise you could find yourself underwater! It’s also a good idea to arrange your space so that people walk around your campsite rather than through the middle. Things like putting your tent next to your friends’ tents without a big gap through the middle can help here!
- Know your tent
No matter how well you think you know your tent, make sure you put something on it to make it stand out from the crowd! It’s much more difficult to remember where you’ve pitched your tent in the dark when loads more people have turned up around it, so add some kind of marker to your tent so you can find your way back again!
- Collect at the festival!
Going to Bestival this September? Make the most of our festival pre-order service and have your camping kit waiting for you when you arrive! That means no struggling with bags on the train, or loading up the car to get to the festival. Click here to find out more!
So, those are our top tips for festival camping. Have you got any of your own? Let us know in the comments!