Music festivals can be a lot of fun – after all, where else do you get to deal with mud, see your favourites bands and artists, and sleep in pop-up tents?
Many festival goers, however (especially newbies) are unaware of the (sometimes harsh) realities of surviving a music festival!
Here are some tips you can use to enjoy your festival – and be safe at the same time!
Believe it or not, we all have a friend – yes, the “faffer” (and if you don’t, it could be you!) who keeps on realising they’ve forgotten something just as they are about to shut the door. As with everything in life, it is best to arrive early. Sure, there will be long queues, but at least you won’t have to risk camping far away from the concert, or worse, near the loo!
Remember, the festival isn’t the place for you to act as the group’s smug member who has an answer for every problem in their rucksack. Doing so will surely end up making you the friend who got left behind with their enormous bag! A few luxuries may be fine, but too many will only pull you down!!
Having seen those oh-so-perfect pics of celebrities in their festival wardrobe last year, some of you must be inspired to sport those elegant Grecian sandals casual and cool flip-flops, wanting to look all suave in your latest fashionable shoes right? WRONG. Believe it or not, the walk from where you park your car, to your venue is actually crowded and far away, and in those circumstances, only supportive, broken-in footwear will be your best friend.
Always make sure that guy lines of your tent have been properly adjusted and the flysheet is properly in place, in order to prevent the wind picking it at the ungodly hour of 2am. You really wouldn’t like leaving the comfort of the sleeping bag simply to adjust the tent’s guy lines in the middle of the night.
If you’re a dedicated camper, you will, in all probability have all your gear and will know how to put-up your tent with ease. However, if you’re an inexperienced camper, the affordable, easy-to-pitch pop-up tent is the thing for you. That said, do practice with a few YouTube videos before you leave.
Even though festivals today are known for their super-clean toilets, the best of port-a-loos are bound to get gross after five days answering to nature’s call of thousands of festival goers. It always makes sense to take a loo roll as well as hand sanitiser with you, because they do tend to run out on-venue. You can also try going to toilet early in the morning, which will help you avoid long queues and help you get ready for the day in (relative) comfort.
The wet weather won’t be waiting for you to be done putting-up your camp site. Chances are that during that time of year, you will be getting all muddy. After all, there’s the wet weather – AND the fact that thousands of people will be moving through all of it day, every day! Better to embrace it than escape it. Besides, you’ll all be in the same position as the others, and that’s not an experience you get all the time!!