10 Tips to Make the Most of an Outdoor Festival
There are more than 100 festivals scheduled for this year in the UK. Whether it is your first festival experience or you are a seasoned reveller, it pays to have a check list to get the best out of the experience!
With a little preparation you can avoid some of the inconveniences that take away from festival fun. We’ve put together a list of the tips to help.
1. Get a power bank
Anyone with a smartphone will know how little the battery lasts. Especially when you are taking photos and videos to capture magic moments. Most festivals last several days, so it’s essential to invest in a mobile power bank to ensure your phone goes the distance. A portable USB charger is a must-have purchase and is very affordable.
2. Bring bin bags
Bin bags will become your new best friend during a festival and not just for rubbish. They can keep your items safe and dry, store your dirty/wet items, keep your campsite tidy and can even be made into a makeshift raincoat!
3. Make a flag
The majority of festivals will have thousands of tents, making it very easy to lose your own. Take special note of any landmarks near your tent and try to make it as distinctive as possible – a bright flag is a great option.
4. Form a circle
If you’re attending a festival with a group of people, make sure you pitch your tents in a circle with all entrances facing the circle centre. This will give you some privacy as well as a communal area where you can hang out together and soak up the sun.
5. Bring antibacterial gel
Unfortunately, you’ll have to brave the portaloos at some point during a festival and the hand wash tends to run out. Be ready with your own antibacterial gel.
6. Bring your own lids
Festivals now refuse to give out lids with their drinks so that you drink faster and consequently purchase another quicker. Prices of food and drink in a festival can be pricey! You might want to bring your own lid so you can drink at your own pace. For hot drinks, you could bring a reusable cup. Save money, save on spills and save on plastic waste!
7. Get a good sleeping bag
Although your tent may feel like a sauna during the day, it can become incredibly cold during the night. You want one that zips all the way up and has a hood so you can fully lock all the heat in! It should be insulated and be suitable for temperatures between 5 and -5 degrees. Stores such as Millets, Blacks and Mountain Warehouse have some great options! Save your toes and invest in a good sleeping bag so you can get some quality sleep.
8. Be snack wise
It’s important to remember to eat and drink plenty during festivals, so that you make the most of your time and do not get run down. Many are put off by the unhealthy options and prices, which is why it’s a great idea to bring a few of your own. Nuts, rice cakes and bananas are good energy boosts.
9. Get a bigger tent
A common mistake is to bring a tent that’s made to fit the number of people staying in it. However, by the time you fit all your stuff in, you’ll have little space to sleep and hang out. This is why it’s better to bring a tent that sleeps more than you need so that you’re not cramped and can sit in there comfortably if it rains.
10. Leave early
If you’re not too bothered by the final acts performing, it’s a good idea to leave before the festival is officially finished. This will save you queuing for potentially hours to leave the site, meaning you can get home and have a proper shower and feed quicker.