If you’re a festival virgin then we’re here to help with some advice on how to survive your festival experience for the first time, below you’ll find a range of advice on what should be in your festival essential kit, how to select your spot and staying safe.
Choose a bigger tent then you need - This is probably the biggest mistake people make, a 2-man tent is for 2 people lying side by side in sleeping bags it does not account for the mountains of stuff you will be bringing along with you!
Choose your spot carefully - Arrive early for the best choice of pitches. Try and choose a spot that is within site of landmarks you’ll remember and will be visible when you wake up to a field full of tents as far as the eye can see. Whatever you do stay clear of the toilets and anything down hill of the toilets unless you like the smell! Also steer clear of the security towers and lights unless you like the constant noise of a generator and bright light shinning through your tent all night.
Make friends with you neighbours - Getting to know the people who have pitched their tents near yours it will add to your festival experience and also to the amount of eyes that will watch over your camp when your not there.
Hide your valuables when asleep - Don’t make it easy for thieves by stuffing your wallet/money or valuables in your boots by the front of the tent put them inside you sleeping bag or by your head so they are the furthest away from the entrance.
Festival Essentials Despite the obvious of your tent, money and tickets, I would say these are my top 10 tips for gear you should consider taking.
Ear Plugs - Might sound silly but trust me when your trying to get to sleep with people snoring, talking and playing music you’ll be glad you’ve got them.
Poncho - The good old British summer time always likes to throw in a shower or 2 so be prepared.
Bin bags - You will need somewhere to put your dirty clothes and they are great for keeping your clean clothes dry should your tent leak.
Wet Wipes - You don’t have the luxury of a shower so you’ll need something to freshen you up and these are the best solution.
Antibactirial Hand Gel - If you do use the Toilets then the free Hand Gel in them will run out in hours so don’t forget to take your own.
Folding Chair - Trust me you will want one to sit in first thing in the morning and last thing at night as you all sit around chatting about the day.
Portable Phone Charger - The only way of getting hold of your mates is you phone so ensure you have something to recharge your phone while your there.