We’ve combined our festival experiences and have selected a few of what we believe are our top tips when it comes to spending the weekend in a tent and ensuring that you have the best weekend possible. Whether you’re one of the lucky ones to be heading to a festival this year, or just planning for one in the future have a read through our tips and make note for when the time comes.
It seems pretty obvious but on those chilly nights it will 100% come in handy. However, it can also double up for other uses too. If you’re in need of a blanket to sit on because the grass is itchy, use the spare blanket. If you’re sleeping bad and need a pillow to rest your head on, roll up the spare blanket. If you didn’t pack enough socks and have chilly feet at night, wrap them up in the space blanket. You catch my drift, but honestly, from experience, it’s always handy.
This might be an odd one, but as an avid festival go-er, I can wholeheartedly say that having a stash of sugary sweets on hand is just as important as staying hydrated. If your bag of choice for the weekend is a bumbag, then just chuck a handful of sweet of your choice in one of the pockets and you’ll thank me later. I once survived off of sherbet lemons and water they were handing out at the barrier for an entire day (11am – 8pm ish) when at Reading festival because I was at the barrier all day watching all my fave bands. Of course, I later then went and scoffed an entire pizza before watching the headliners, but still; without the sherbet lemons I would not have survived.
The last thing you need is to be traipsing across the field with 30 outfits for 3 or 4 nights. Trust me, I’ve done it and half the stuff you’ve got packed you won’t end up wearing as you’ll end up wearing your beloved denim shorts continuously. Make sure you’ve got comfy shoes, wellies, a rain mac as well as a really warm jumper cause it does get cold when sleeping in your tent.
As pretty obvious as this is, it’s very easy to get swept up in the atmosphere of just drinking cider/wine the whole entire day or weekend. However, from experience, please drink water in between as well. I ended up missing the whole start of V Festival one year because of being having sunstroke combined with a hangover; it wasn’t fun and really put a dampener on the start of the festival for me. If you can, take some rehydration sachets with you and down one before you crash out when you get back to your tent.
If you’re prone to leaving your data on all day long, your phone is going to go flat in double-quick time. And if the festival is a weekend-long extravaganza, that battery bank you bought will also be drained too. There’s nothing worse than waking up on Day 2 and realising that your phone is out of charge, you can’t find any of your pals, and you definitely can’t take any more photos. Bringing a backup charger gives you that peace of mind, and means that you’ll be the most popular person in camp.
Contrary to Tara’s point on bringing sugary goodness, it’s also good to pack some fruits and veggies that won’t go off over the weekend. When we went to Isle of Wight in 2019, we took cucumbers with us. According to a reliable Google search, cucumbers are high in nutrients, and also of course, full of water, saving many a late-night trek across camp to the water tap. And, if you pick up loose fruit from the supermarket, it saves plenty of time on the post-festival pack down, as wastage is kept to a minimum!
Along with everything else you need to cram into that rucksack, make sure you pack a loo roll. Portaloos are notorious for their not-so-hygienic conditions, and there’s nothing worse than queuing for ages to realise that there’s no loo roll left. Packing one saves you the panic of not having any to hand, and will earn you plenty of brownie points amongst your fellow campers! Did I hear someone say you’re now the most popular tent in blue zone?
As we previously mentioned, we’re all avid festival goers so are familiar with a fair few different UK festivals, so we’ve each picked one of our favourites to recommend to you all.
Having been to Truck Festival on three occasions now I can confirm that it is an absolute wild one. Every year the line-up gets better than the year prior, and it fulfills my little indie heart. Based in the heart of Oxfordshire, Truck is a staple medium sized festival for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the world of festivals. Being host to artists such as Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, You Me At Six, and many more.
V Festival, now no longer running, was the highlight of summer for me in my early 20s. Every year, my friends are would load up our cars full of camping stuff, cider and way too many outfits ready to make a weekend of memories. V had the perfect mix of indie, rock and pop artists over the weekend, meaning I’ve been lucky enough to see Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Rihanna to name just a few headliners here.
The Gloucester-based festival is a must-visit stop for any indie-pop/indie-folk lover. Former headliners have included Oh Wonder, Ben Howard, George Ezra, Maisie Peters, Jade Bird, Bastille, and even Ed Sheeran when he was starting out in 2011. Following his set in 2019, Lewis Capaldi ended up back at the camping fields with his guitar and offered a drunken performance of Wonderwall. We could hear it from the other side of the farm, as everyone got together for a final knees-up on the last night. The farm also has ostriches, which are great fun to try and get a snap with if you get the chance!
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