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The ultimate festival survival guide!

I can almost guarantee that your recent search history looks like this: What to take to a festival? Can you take a camping stove? What should I expect? Go-to festival outfits. How much money should I take? 

Well, you can stop searching because this is your…

Ultimate Festival Survival Guide!

Packing:

Let’s be honest, since you bought your festival tickets approximately six months ago, you have been trawling the internet attempting to find the PERFECT festival outfit. Obviously not forgetting the sparkly wellies and matching rain jacket that you absolutely must buy. Some of you may roll your eyes at that comment, but with the enviable British weather wellies are needed – so why not be a little bit extra?

If you haven’t started shopping yet, many clothing sites have a festival dedicated page where you can “shop the look”. If money is tight, Depop is an amazing place to find bargain buys for both girls and guys, so it’s definitely an app to download!

If all else fails, glitter is the answer (Boys, did someone say glitter beard?)

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Travelling:

You’re all packed and it’s finally time to make your way to the festival. Have a look at the festival’s website for travel details. If you get the train, you may be able to book a minibus from the station to the festival – it’s worth looking into so none of your friends is stuck being the designated driver.

Setting up camp:

Hopefully, someone in your friendship group was a scout and so will have some idea how to set your tent up, but there’s no need to worry if not. Loads of festivals have actual scouts on hand – if you donate a bit of money to their team, they’ll give you a hand putting your tent up.

Your tent is your home for the weekend, so make it as comfortable as possible. By this I mean bringing an abundance of cushions, blankets and fairy lights.

Don’t forget most campsites do not allow camping stoves, so remember a disposable BBQ, or there are loads of food vendors on site!

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Surviving the crowds:

There’s no doubt about it, festivals are busy. There are people everywhere, there are queues to get into the arenas and you may lose your friends at one point or another. Don’t let this put you off going – here are some ways to prevent that!

If there’s a specific artist you’re desperate to see, leave your tent early. If you’re desperate to see them, chances are everyone else is too – this means long queues to get into the performance areas! You definitely don’t want to be stuck in a queue when your favourite band is starting their set (I know this from experience and I am still not over it!)

Another vital tip is to travel around the venue in pairs, if you lose everyone else at least you’re not alone. Being alone in large crowds can be scary, so set up meeting spaces just in case you do get lost, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Festival Essentials:

I hope you have a wonderful time at the festival, to make sure it’s as comfortable as possible tick off this list to make sure you have everything you need!

  • Tent (and spare tent pegs)
  • Sleeping Bag / Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Airbed
  • Camping chair
  • Lighter – you’ve got to light your BBQ somehow!
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Towels
  • Wet wipes
  • Suncream, sunglasses and a hat
  • Bumbag
  • Your new festival outfits!
  • Wellies, old trainers, and comfortable shoes
  • Rain jacket and poncho
  • Powerbank!
  • An old phone (please don’t take your brand new iPhone X)
  • Cash and your ID – you can get cash out there but you’ll be likely charged for this service
  • Your card in case of emergencies (keep it in a separate place from your cash)
  • A speaker for the campsite so you can listen to your favourite artists 24/7
  • LOTS OF WATER – buy double what you think you need, and then add a couple more to the shopping trolley. Trust me on this one!
  • Food that doesn’t need refrigerating (crisps/biscuits/chocolate)

Now all you need is to grab your friends, have a positive attitude and make the most of your weekend away! Have fun!

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Meet the author

Emily Jackson

I’m Emily, I’m a second year journalism student at the University of Lincoln. My life goal is to go into broadcast journalism and I’m already well on my way, as I’m currently the News Editor at Siren Radio. I absolutely love to dance and I’m a member of the dance society - I enjoy singing too (although that’s not my strong point).

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