by Ed Yourdon
Going To A Festival For The First Time? Tips and Advice
Going to a music festival is a great experience, especially if you are going for the first time with a group of mates. However, if this is the first time you’ve experienced a music festival you might feel slightly daunted by it. This article aims to give you some great tips and advice to help you make the most of your first festival.
Packing for a festival can be quite a challenge. When you arrive in the car park you will probably be faced with quite a long walk to find a camping spot. Make sure you pack lightly as the last thing you’ll want to do is carry a truck load of stuff across the site. If you have a good quality rucksack then this is the ideal way to carry your belongings. Make sure you never take anything you’re not prepared to lose. Unfortionatley thefts do happen at festivals, so just be wise when deciding what you should take. Travelling to a festival can also be quite easy if you plan ahead. Coach travel is probably the cheapest way to go via public transport, and most events will arrange coaches from major nearby cities.
Choosing A Place To Camp
The advice is to pick your camping spot wisely. Generally speaking, the campsites closest to the arena are the ones that are likely to be the noisiest. The further away from the arena, the quieter it’s likely to be so if you want some sleep you should probably be prepared to do some walking. It’s very rare for a festival to remain dry and free of mud, so it’s probably a good idea not to set up right at the bottom of a big hill. Apart from these bits of advice the only other major point to think about is don’t camp too close to the toilets. They might smell ok when you arrive, but three days in that’s going to change for the worse!
Living in a campsite for a few days is a messy affair and even though a festival is not the cleanest of places make sure you take wet wipes to replace the shower. Also, take antibacterial hand sanitizer with you which will come in handy after a trip to the portaloo. It’s impossible for security services to keep track of everything going on in the area so there are a few things you can do to stay safe. Make sure you keep all of your valuables with you at all times, even in the sleeping bag while you’re down for the night. Also, put locks on your tent while you’re away from the campsite to prevent any thefts. This is probably one of the most important tips out of them all. Make sure you have appropriate footwear such as wellies and boots. We all know the British summer can let us down so refrain from taking your best designer shoes and don’t risk getting your flip flops stuck in the mud.