Festival survival guide: Don’t turn your dream weekend into a nightmare

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 May 2014

A sled can help you carry all your kit for the days of revelling ahead

A sled can help you carry all your kit for the days of revelling ahead


Packing the right items and avoiding common pitfalls helps make your festival the uplifting experience it should be...

The festival season is all about getting away from the reality of our normal lives and seeing our favourite bands in picturesque surroundings with good friends.

It should all be rather spontaneous and free, in keeping with the festival spirit, but some careful planning is needed to ensure our festival experience doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

So what are the essential festival items?

- Camping gear – tent and sleeping bag,

- Food & snacks, tea bags, camping mugs.

- Washing –towel, body wash & shampoo, dry shampoo, wipes, toothbrush/toothpaste.

- Hygiene – hand gel, anti-bacterial wipes, toilet roll, bin bags, deodorant.

- Clothing – wellies, hoodies, socks, rain poncho (also t-shirts, shorts, jeans).

- Bum bag – for cash and mobile phone.

- Reusable water bottle.

- Suncream.

- Hat.

Other handy items include…

- Ear plugs - in case you have noisy neighbours when you want to sleep.

- Duct Tape – for minor repairs to tents or clothing.

- Torch – to find your way around camp at night.

- Sledge – to transport all your gear onto and off the campsite.

- Extra blanket – tents can get quite cold at night.

Things not to do at a festival include…

- Wearing an all-in-one playsuit, these are a nightmare to deal with in portaloos and you may end up losing items from your pockets.

- Pitching your tent by the portaloos or by hedges (for obvious reasons).

- Leaving at 9am on Monday morning – beat the rush by leaving Sunday afternoon or after the last act on Sunday night. Sitting in a traffic jam for hours after very little sleep can ruin a perfect festival weekend.

Useful tips…

- Buy your tickets early and get early bird prices.

- Know the schedule in advance so you don’t miss your favourite bands.

- Tie something colourful to your tent so you can find it easily.

- Don’t bring any expensive items.

- Wear comfortable clothes and footwear.

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