The UK festival season has well and truly kicked off with Glastonbury only around the corner, but are you prepared? We’ve put together a festival survival guide of the best tips and tricks to make your way through festival season, from how to choose a tent to what to wear.
As painful as an early start is, make sure to arrive early and bag a good spot! The same applies for the last day of the festival, get up and pack up as early as you can manage to beat the queues and traffic jams.
When choosing a tent, always go for a larger one than you think you need, a two-man tent means that it’s big enough for two people to sleep in, so when you include your luggage and muddy wellies, you’ll be in need of a little extra space!
If you’re camping with a group of friends, arrange your tents in a circle so you have a communal area. Also make sure it’s next to something memorable like a tree, but maybe not right next to the toilets… Alternatively, bring a flag or bunting with you to help you to identify which tent is yours, a camp site looks very different after dark.
Camping doesn’t need to be uncomfortable, make your tent worthy of the VIP camping area with extras like an inflatable mattress, foldable chair and hanging LED lanterns. Opt for foldable or inflatable pieces so you don’t end up having to go back and forth between the campsite and the car multiple times.
Avoid locking your tent, keep your valuables to a minimum and keep them with you when possible. Adding a lock to your tent will only draw attention to it.
As boring as it sounds, if you want to get a bit of sleep at a festival, take an eye mask and ear plugs with you to help you drown out your fellow festival goers who don’t quite share your view.
Maximise your phone battery by taking a portable charger, avoid missing the next band and save time queuing to charge yours at the festival, stay self-sufficient with a portable mobile phone charger. Preserve your battery by turning all the settings (light, sound etc) down and vibrate off, try to avoid going on the internet too.
Keep the festival going after the headliners have finished with a portable speaker, go for a wireless, Bluetooth option so you and your friends can share music. Plus, it means you can drown out the guy next to you who has decided to bring a guitar to the festival.