Festivals: the ultimate survival guide

What’s next on your agenda? A summer festival!

What could be better than spending an awesome weekend with friends, seeing your favorite bands play, and having fun in the summer sun? Nothing! While festivals can be some of the best weekends of your life, if you don’t prepare they could become the worst few days of your existence. So, we have compiled a list of the best tips on how to be prepared for your next festival adventure. Read on to find out how to have an Instagram-worthy festival experience!

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Essentials that you can’t forget!

Firstly, you need to be prepared when packing your bags: don’t forget the (potentially) life-saving essentials! You’ll thank me later.

  1. Hand sanitiser – at festivals there are lots of people, meaning lots of germs. Also, you don’t know who touched that beer glass before you…
  2. Wet wipes and tissues – really useful for any general messes or tears.
  3. Sunscreen – a tan is nice, a sunburn is not.
  4. Portable phone charger – if you do decide to take your phone (see the advice below), take a portable charger with you to avoid huge queues for phone charging stations. Besides, it will be useful when you most definitely lose your friends in the crowds at some point.
  5. Zip-lock bags – you can put your phone or other valuable items in a sealable bag to protect them from rain or spilt drinks.
  6. Bin bags – put stuff in it, throw trash in it, make a raincoat out of it – sorted.
  7. Water bottle – you don’t want to get dehydrated!

What to wear at festivals

Everyone knows about Coachella: the desert festival that takes over social media sites with pictures of people in flowery outfits and braided hair. But to be honest, most festivals are not in sunny California and you are probably not a celebrity who can afford V.I.P. treatment. So, you need to be more realistic with your outfit choices:

  • Comfortable shoes are essential because you will be spending hours standing around or walking from place to place. Depending on where you are going, check what kind of surfaces you might be walking on. Or if you are going to a place where there will probably be rain, wear some sort of waterproof or weatherproof shoe.
  • Hats are good for protecting yourself from sunburns and headaches, and can make it easier for your friends to find you in a crowd!
  • Bring extra shirt or socks (never know when someone might spill a beer on your shoes).
  • Dress in layers so you can take off and put on clothes according to the weather.

Have a plan and know the rules

Of course, festivals are fun and you want to forget the stress of exams and never-ending instant ramen, but be sure to know what you want to do or who you want to see playing their sets. Additionally, make sure to have a meeting place in case you lose each other in the sea of people. If your friends vanish, you don’t have to wander around like a lost puppy or borrow someone’s phone because you have no battery!

In the case of rules, do your best to stay safe. There are always tons of people at festivals, meaning that light pushing can turn ugly. Fast. Also, don’t be that person that cuts the line; don’t give people the excuse not to like you.

Caution: not a good idea to bring your phone!

How many times have I heard stories about people losing their phones or having them stolen at music festivals: too many that I’ve lost count. Of course, it’s nice to take pictures to remember your time at a festival, but is it worth it if you then lose those pictures (and your contacts, documents, selfies…)? Some solutions include getting a cheap, prepaid phone that you can use to keep in contact with your friends; buying a disposable camera to take pictures with that you can get developed when you get home (ooh, old school!); or just enjoy the moment, you social-media-obsessed millennial!

 

Lastly, and most importantly, stay safe and have fun! If you are prepared and follow this advice, you are guaranteed to have an amazing time!

What are your festival tips and tricks? Comment down below!

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