There are so many different music festivals in the UK each year that deciding which one to spend your money on can be a little bit tricky. Gone are the days when it was a simple matter of choosing between Glastonbury and Reading, because there are now s great variety of smaller events up and down the country that make great alternatives to the bigger ones. Also, one benefit of attending one of the smaller festivals is that you will not need to remortgage you house in order to pay for it. It’s fair to say that festivals can be hard work if you do not know what you are doing, so here are a few tips worth following before you go and while you are there.
Firstly get a pop up tent rather than a standard one, as this will save you so much time when it comes to setting it up. These type of tents are very affordable and can be set up in a matter of minutes, rather than hours of painstakingly following complicated instructions, only to find out that you have done it wrong and have it collapse on you.
Another good tip is never to pitch you tent at the bottom of a hill or near a path. The reason for this is because at the bottom of a hill you are likely to get flooded if it rains, and next to a path you will have people coming and and going 24 hours a day and the noise is likely to keep you awake.
One things that you need to make sure that you take with you is sun cream. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people forget to take it an get badly burnt. Remember that you will be outside almost all of the time and the last thing that you want is to look like a red lobster. There is nothing worse that being hungover, in a tent, in the sun when you are burnt to a crisp.
Another essential item to take with you is toilet roll. Everybody knows how horrible festival toilets are, so don’t rely on them to have any loo roll for you when you get there. Try to take as much as you can, as this is one essential item that you really can’t do without.
When it comes to food, many festivals charge an extortionate amount of money so it’s a good idea to be prepared and take some of your own tinned food. Tinned food is best because it will not go off and it is easy to pack. For hygiene you may want to take along some baby wipes, because in the absence of a nice shower, they can help to refresh you and keep you smelling sweet for the duration of the weekend.
Is you are going to a festival, it is more than likely that you will be suffering a hangover at some point, so make sure that you take some paracetamol and possibly vitamins such as Berocca, as these will be priceless when you have a banging headache in the morning. For carrying water, it’s a good idea to take an empty bottle with you that you can keep refilling from a tap. Making sure that you are hydrated is very important, especially when it is very hot and you are drinking a lot of alcohol.