Do’s and Don’ts of Festivals–how to survive your first festival

Do’s and Don’ts of Festivals–how to survive your first festival

So you are heading to your first festival. You convinced a few friends to go, you booked tickets, you arranged transport and suddenly it’s this weekend and you are feeling less than prepared. Read our top tips on how to survive your first festival to make the most of your weekend.

Don’t take loads of stuff

Cash, torch, a phone, a few clothes and a pair of wellies are essentials but don’t take absolutely everything. You are going to be living out of a backpack for a weekend and when you have lots of stuff it makes finding everything much harder.

Do prepare for all weather

A festival usually runs from Thursday through to Sunday and you can experience sun, rain, wind and everything in between so be prepared. Pack sun- cream, a raincoat or poncho and pack a dry bag to keep at least one set of clothes dry. Prepare for cold evenings so pack animal onesies which you can wear over your pajamas for extra warmth.  2

Do camp away from the masses

It might be tempting to camp as close to the main stage action as possible but its best to try and find a pitch a little further afield. It will be much quieter, you won’t be surrounded by lost drunks trying to find their way home and you will escape from some of the mud.

Don’t leave valuables in your tent

Unfortunately, festivals are full of thieves and opportunists so limit the amount of valuables you take to the festival and keep them on you. Festival security can’t keep watch everywhere so don’t leave your favourite pair of Ray Bans behind in the tent.

Do prepare your festival line up

Festivals have many acts all happening at the same time so prepare to miss a few. Create your ideal festival line up and stick to it. If you try and race around the festival trying to catch a little bit of everyone you will crash. Also include some time for wandering around tents as you never know what you might find. Glastonbury festival has over 100 stages.

Do drink responsibly

It might seem obvious but don’t drink too much and miss out on the action later in the evening. Every year there are always drunks been carried home to their tents mid-afternoon, missing out on the best parts. Plus; keep hydrated with water and sample some festival food as there is usually loads of food from different cuisines.

Do take pictures

Festivals are busy and you will spend lots of time racing around trying to catch all the acts but pause to take pictures of your adventure. Festivals are full of new and exciting things and although it might not seem super special at the time it’s great to have a set of photos to look back on.

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