There’s nothing quite like losing yourself in the buzz of a festival atmosphere. Yet despite being immersed in the thrill of adventure, with mesmerising live music and the company of friends, suddenly realising you’ve left an important item at home is sure to dampen the mood.
Get that checklist complete with our guide to the camping essentials, including some tips and hacks to ensure you’re prepared come rain or shine.
1. A PROPER TENT
While you don’t necessarily need to fork out on a family-sized tent, it’s important you factor in some extra space and something that’s going to keep you dry should it rain. Always read the reviews before you buy. Cheap tents are notorious for leaking, and you might just welcome a little bit more breathing room when it comes to finding somewhere to stash your bags and supplies.
2. PLAN YOUR PITCH
Arrive as early as you can and know where you’re heading. The last thing you want is to be scrambling for a spare space, only to find the most inconvenient patches of grass left available. Plan a pitch that’s reasonably close to the amenities but far enough away from the crowds; if the heavens open, relentless footsteps will quickly turn the land around your tent into a bog.
3. BRING A TORCH
While anyone with a smartphone will have a torch of sorts to hand, it’s not a good idea to rely on this alone. You should consider bringing a cheaper phone along anyway, in case your prized one gets damaged or lost. Excessive use of your mobile flashlight will also sap the battery. A pocket-sized torch won’t let you down and could prove essential when it comes to finding your tent in the middle of the night.
4. PACK A MALLET
Have you ever tried pitching a tent without a mallet? Grinding the pegs down with your hands is tedious and a tad painful, while stomping them in with your feet can just result in bent pegs. It all feels a lot worse when you’re frantically trying to get your tent ready in the rain. Make sure you have a mallet with you for a stress-free start to the weekend.
5. PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER
Nobody wants to over-pack, but you’re not going to regret bringing a set of clothes for both sunny and wet conditions. Let’s face it, weather forecasts aren’t all that reliable. Don’t forget to bring sun cream with you. Nursing a nasty sunburn after a late night at the bar isn’t ideal. Pack a pair of sunglasses and a poncho too, just in case.
6. FOOD AND WATER
Take as many supplies as you can to ensure you’re kept hydrated and fed throughout the event. While you can buy bottled water and snacks at a festival, chances are the prices will make you feel relieved to have brought some of your own. Superfood snacks such as bananas are a great choice for topping up those energy levels.
7. PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER
These can prove to be life-saving in the event of an emergency. External batteries and chargers will ensure your mobile phone’s juice is kept in shape. You can get solar-powered ones too. They’re generally a must for anyone planning on taking plenty of festival snaps and videos to remember the experience.
8. WET WIPES
It’s a given that home comforts go out the window with festival camping. If you don’t fancy queuing up for the showers, wet wipes are a handy stopgap to keep you feeling refreshed and clean. You’ll be pleased to have them to hand in muddy conditions too.
9. CLEAN UP
We’re committed to safeguarding the environment, so this one is really important. Take your tent and all your waste away with you when it’s time to go home. Avoid using single-use plastics where possible and use reusable cups for refills at the bar.