I love festivals! Since I was 16 there’s only been one summer that I didn’t go to at least one, if not two festivals… that’s 8 years solid and a lot of camping in fields!
To me a festival is the ultimate escape, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in a field with no phone, covered in glitter, surrounded by my friends whilst some of my favourite bands play in the background. Watching the stages at sunset, wearing whatever you like with a cider in hand (drinking responsibly, I’d like to add). I even love the camping, mud, rain and everything that goes with it.
With Glastonbury literally around the corner (I’m so excited!) I thought I’d share a few festival tips that I’ve picked up on the way… from the essentials, right through to creative little hacks that are so simple yet so effective at making your festival better.
- Waterproof – I can’t stress this enough. Last year I was stupid enough to take a primark pacamac, and I thought that would be fine. Wrong! When the heavens decided to open midday, and I mean torrential downpour – I had to use the loo. The toilets at Glastonbury don’t have roofs… enough said. My pacamac was not at all waterproof and I would have probably been better off not wearing it. Invest in a decent waterproof jacket so that if it does rain, you will be dry and much less grumpy than I was.
- Chair – Always bring a chair. Sometimes you are stood up for a very long time, if you catch all of the artists you want to see in one day. One day I worked out I had been stood up for 18 hours solid, and the last thing you want is sit on the muddy floor. Coming back to your camp and having a chair to sit on really does make all the difference.
- Spare ground mat – For the above point, in case not everyone in your camp has a chair. Put a spare ground mat in the middle of your camp, then you’ll not only avoid sitting on the mud, but it stops a random person pitching a tent in the middle of your camping circle too.
- Foldaway bottles – you may have seen them in the pound shop, B&M bargains or other discounted retailers… small sports bottles that you can foldaway. These are kind of like refillable capri sun bottles, and they are a festival blessing. You can fill these up with your chosen beverage (cider, water, vodka, whatever) and carry them around with you, then when you are done you can fold them up small and keep them in your bag all day without the burden of carrying lots of small bottles. For festivals where you can’t take drinks into the arena, these are perfectly stowaway sized too (not that I would admit to sneaking alcohol in anywhere…)
- Brioche – All hail the brioche. Plain, or chocolate chip pre-wrapped loveliness. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a dinnertime snack. You can even take some peanut butter and spread it on for an extra luxury that you can have in your tent if it’s raining and you need something filling. The fact that you can buy a big bag of these for around £1.50 and they stay fresh the whole weekend makes them the perfect festival food.
I could go on… but I need to get back to planning my outfits so that I can pack lighter (never going to happen). Additional points: take fruit, nakd bars, and drink water to keep your body going as you’ll be doing a lot of dancing! Make sure you have some warm clothes and stock up on glitter and things to wear on your head to cover your greasy hair. Of course don’t forget baby wipes, toilet paper and hand sanitizer to avoid germs.
And finally, if you are going to a festival this year or planning one next year, have the best time ever! Embrace it, and don’t forget that whatever happens, you’ll have a warm bed and a shower waiting for you when you get home.
Written by Emmy