With the British summer in full swing and each weekend offering another selection of large and small festivals across the country, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a few days’ holiday and get back to nature. Here is a top 5 list of the must have summer festival essentials:
1. Ticket – As obvious as it sounds many people can fall at the first hurdle and fail to get a ticket to their favourite festival. Tickets usually go on sale during the autumn and winter months and depending on demand can sell out within hours. Use well known ticketing sights such as See Tickets to see what’s on and to avoid purchasing fraudulent tickets.
2. Tent – The majority of festivals including camping for the weekend, meaning you need to invest in a good tent. Have a listen to this BBC Radio 4 show talking about the rise in popularity of the pop up tent and how they have revolutionised the festival experience. The ease and speed of carrying and putting up a pop up tent lets festival goers spend less time struggling with heavy bags, guide ropes and tent pegs and more time enjoying the weekend. Companies like Cinch Pop Up Tents have great examples of the latest lightweight pop up tents for you to have a look at. In addition to the tent, try and source some form of deck chair or stool so you can avoid sitting in puddles and mud if the weather decides to try and spoil your fun.
3. Food and Drink – Even though every festival will have a good range of food and drink stalls onsite, their price and quality can differ a lot. To save a bit of money, make sure you pack a bit of food in your bag for mornings and night time when you’re most likely to get a little peckish. Biscuits, crisps, sausage rolls and other such picnic foods are perfect for festivals, requiring no effort and staying fresh throughout the weekend. Avoid anything that needs cooking and food that goes off quickly as these will begin to frustrate you and smell over time. Most festivals have restrictions on glass bottles so to avoid having your alcohol confiscated make sure you dispense everything into plastic bottles before arriving.
4. Wellies – As beautiful as the weather may seem conditions can rapidly change at a festival, going from a dust bowl to a swamp in a matter of hours. Invest in a good pair of wellies to tackle the unpredictable weather and they may just be the difference between happiness and misery. Make sure your wellies, and all other footwear, are comfortable and fit nicely, as four days of constant wear in uncomfortable shoes can have fairly nasty consequences. Take a look at some great festival wellies from companies such as Welly Warehouse and pick a pair to travel with you to every future festival.
5. Essential Kit – The final piece of advice is to have a bag of essential care products to provide some necessary comfort and hygiene for the festival. The most important of these is sun cream, as you will spend considerable time in direct sunlight with no assurance of shade during the hottest times of the day. A decent hat and sunglasses will also help you avoid suffering at the hands of the sun and getting sunstroke. Baby wipes can double up as wash wipes and toilet roll, keeping you clean and fresh even if the weather decides to turn. Finally paracetamol may well prove to be your best friend the morning after a night of festivities, as a headache will not make you feel ready for another day of music and merriment.
Whether you are a festival veteran or a first timer these simple tips will help you cover all the essentials, allowing you to make the most of your weekend and enjoy the event. The best advice is to know your limits and look after your body. If you start to feel the heat take an hour or so to regenerate and keep well hydrated and this way you can keep going for the whole weekend.