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The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide

Friday 11th May 2018

Summer is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing – festival season.

Whether you’re dancing the night away at V Festival or getting rowdy at the Reading and Leeds Festival, you’re going to need to plan ahead.

Taking this into account, we’ve decided to put together the ultimate festival survival guide to ensure you make the most out of your weekend.

Don’t Over-Pack

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Too many people essentially pack their entire wardrobe when planning for a festival, and this is definitely the wrong move.

Picture the scene – you’ve been queuing for hours to get in, the sun is beating down and it’s a hot summer’s day. Do you really want to be dragging round a huge bag full of an unnecessary amount of clothes?

When packing for a festival, you need to have enough clothes for each day and maybe one extra outfit just in case – and that’s it. Festivals (contrary to popular belief) are not exactly fashion shows, and you’re likely to get them your clothes dirty anyway so don’t worry about your style.

Putting comfort first is always crucial, because you’re going to be stuck in a field full of people in the middle of summer. Other essentials you are going to need are a good set of wellies, a strong raincoat or poncho and a comfy sleeping bag. Packing for the weather is always a smart move.

Also, make sure that you don’t pack too light. Nobody wants to be around the person who’s been wearing the same clothes for 4 days straight.

You can find all the essential festival clothes you’ll need located at Primark in The Harvey Centre.

Bring Enough Money

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No matter how much you try and plan your festival meals, all planning goes out the window when you get a whiff of the burger van on site.

Instead of stuffing your bag full of food for the weekend, make use of the on-site eating spots and bring enough money to last you for the few days that you’re there. You can often find a lot of delicious food when you’re walking around, and you’re going to need some funds to pay for it.

By bringing more money than you need, you’ll be covered for any circumstance that may come your way and you won’t have to worry about it. Plus it also means you can afford to get a souvenir t-shirt.

On the subject of food, it’s important you make sure you are well fed and that you stay hydrated. The heat can get pretty intense in the summer and you don’t want to be in a crowd full of people on an empty stomach. Plan ahead and make sure you’ve eaten beforehand.

Buy Your Own Tent (And Don’t Buy Cheap)

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One of the most essential items on the festival checklist is your tent. This is your home for the next couple of days, so you’re going to need a good one.

No matter how much you try and convince yourself, buying a pop up tent is not the smartest option. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you’ll be in for a shock. Investing in a good tent will not only ensure your safety against the elements, but it can be used multiple times and will provide you with value for money.

It should go without saying that you should buy a tent big enough for the amount of people staying in it. There is nothing worse than 3 questionably smelling people all squeezed into a 4-man tent after a long day. 

For the best deals on tents and other camping gear, you should head on over to Wilko at The Harvey Centre.

Keeping On Top Of Hygiene

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When trying to plan your upkeep of hygiene at a festival, it’s very easy to get carried away. But that’s why we’re here to help.

You will soon discover that face wipes and dry shampoo will become your new best friends at a festival – unless you want to face the cold fury of the festival showers. Make sure you have a couple of water bottles on hand as well to brush your teeth too – you’ll thank us later.

If you have a hard time getting to sleep at night, then we suggest packing a pair of earplugs as a lot of people will take the term ‘party all night’ literally. Another handy thing to take is a portable phone charger if you’re somebody who needs to stay connected to the outside world. How else are you going to take selfies?

You can pick up all of your festival hygiene items from Superdrug located at The Harvey Centre.

Get To Know The Bands

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A wise move to add to your pre-festival agenda is to actually check out the bands that will be appearing at the festival.

If you love a particular song by a band but you haven’t listened to them in a while, you might be a little shocked when they bust out all of their new material. Getting to know the bands’ back catalogue a little better will only heighten the experience and you can sing along like a true fan.

Plus if you’ve got a couple of long gaps in between artists you want to see, why not take the time to try and discover some new bands? You might like what you hear.

To get up to speed with all of the latest music, visit HMV in The Harvey Centre.

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If you follow these tips, you should be able to get through the weekend in one piece. Going to festivals is a crazy experience and there’s nothing quite like it, so it’s important to do it the right way and prepare yourself in advance.

Got any other useful survival tips? Let us know!


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