Festival season is well and truly upon us, and if you read one of my recent blog posts you will have seen that I have NEVER been to a ‘proper’ festival before. I’ve been to lots of day festivals and outdoor gigs, but when it comes to a full blown camping-for-a-weekend-wear-all-the-glitter festival, I’ve not had the chance to experience.
I wasn’t so keen on the idea for a long time, but I’m warming up to it more and more, and have now added going to a music festival onto to my bucket list. It’s like a right of passage, right?
As I have now got it into my head that I WILL be going to a festival as soon as I possibly can, I have been thinking. Would I be festival ready?
In short: no.
I have absolutely no idea what I am meant to take to a festival. Beer? Glitter? Tent?
I decided to do a bit of research to find out what I need to do be festival ready, and share the tips I found out here! You’re welcome.
Make sure you have all your Camping Gear
This is one I’ve actually learnt from my boyfriends mistake. Last year he went to Download and a few hours after he had left I got a text saying ”For god sake, I’ve forgotten a bloody sleeping bag”. He ended up having to buy a blanket while he was there and he paid an extortionate £40 for it. £40 for blanket that would cost a fiver in Primark!
Make sure you have the essentials including a tent (obv), sleeping bag and pillow and suitable bags to carry everything in.
Plan several different outfits (and factor in a drastic weather change)
Instagram festival ready outfits aside, the main piece of advice I have found is that you really need to plan for all types of weather when it comes to a festival. With the British weather being as unpredictable as me after a few shots of tequila, having outfits that cover all eventualities is essential. This includes taking some sexy wellies and a poncho, just in case it’s a total washout.
Buy ALL THE BEER AND SNACKS beforehand
If there’ one thing ANYONE who has been to a festival will say it’s that food and drink is mega expensive. Although you can’t *really* take full blown meals with you, if you’re camping you can take snacks and drink with you into the campsite. Knowing that the walks to the campsite are long, remember everything you take with you you’re going also going to have to carry, so maybe two crates of beer is one too many…
Whatever you do, don’t forget your ticket
Again, this is another that I have learnt from my friends previous mistakes – do not forget to take your ticket with you! Although in some cases RFID chips are becoming the norm, a lot of festivals still use paper tickets, despite it not being the most common choice amongst millenials. In fact, a recent study by Data Label shows that nearly 50% of millenials are championing these RFID advancements, and would prefer if this was the way in which festival entry was granted.
Pack wet wipes, dry shampoo and a hell of a lot of deodorant
I’m not 100% whether or not there are ‘showers’ at all festivals, but I know for a fact you don’t want to use them if there are. This is where copious amounts of dry shampoo, wet wipe showers and deodorant come in handy.
What else do I need to do to be festival ready?