How to survive your first camping festival

Summer is here, which means festival season is in full swing! Day festivals and city festivals are one thing — you arrive all dressed up, makeup and hair flawless, strolling effortlessly into the campsite, but camping festivals are another story. From the long long trek with your heavy bags, to the endless search for a free camping space, weekend festivals aren’t for the faint hearted. There are so many tips and tricks when it comes to festivals that it can seem overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to expect. If it’s your first time at a camping festival, make sure you take a look at these tips to help you survive the weekend and enjoy your time as much as possible!

Pack all the essentials

Before you leave for the festival, make a checklist of everything you’ll need. The obvious essentials will be there, like clothes, underwear, baby wipes etc, but there’s other things you should think about packing to make your life easier. Things like bin bags for your muddy wellies, a torch for your dark tent, and tin foil to wrap around the top of your tent for some insulation. A portable phone charger is also a must if you’re bringing a smartphone along

Give yourself enough space

When shopping for a tent, always go for a tent that seems a little bigger than you need. The guidelines on tents saying ‘sleeps one’ or ‘sleeps two’ are never accurate and will leave you with no space at all for your bags and belongings. If you’re camping with friends, it’s worth splitting the cost for an extra large family tent that sleeps ten or more.

Prepare for the weather

Weather is unpredictable, especially in the UK. Heading to a festival without the right clothing and essentials needed for rain or wind is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you pack some waterproofs, wellies, and enough change of clothes. If heavy wind or storms are forecast, it might be an idea to bring some heavy hessian sandbags to weigh down the edges of the tent. These could also come in handy to stop rain from seeping in, which is never an ideal scenario!

Team up

If you’ve come to the festival with a large group of friends, look for a camping space that’s large enough to fit everyone’s tents. Forming a circle of tents with a communal space in the middle is your best bet, giving you an area to sit and relax in between acts. Being near friends is also a safer option when it comes to

Don’t lose your tent

It’s so easy to lose your tent after a long festival day, so avoid stumbling around every campsite and tripping over every tent wire in the quest for some slumber. Try and create a landmark for yourself to help you find your way back. This could be a large flag planted in the ground or a particularly colourful tent that’s nearby. Other landmarks like toilets or sign posts are good to memorise when finding your way back.

Be a good neighbour

Last but not least, be mindful of the people camping nearby you by keeping the area as clean and tidy as possible. You should also try and have a chat to your camp neighbours and build a friendly rapport. This way, you’ll get a chance to make some new friends and will have gained an extra set of eyes on your tent when you’re not around. It’s unlikely that anyone would try and rob from your tent, but it’s helpful to have someone there to stop it from happening nonetheless!

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