When was the last time you got your festival on? If you’re anything like me, you’ve been stuck inside for what feels like forever and you’re itching to get out and party. And as the world slowly returns to some kind of normal, fingers crossed we’ll start to see some festival action rising from the ashes of 2020.
To help get you geared up for your long-awaited return to the festival scene, we have 7 tips for prepping for the ultimate weekend festival experience.
- Check the Weather
Before prepping for your next festival, make sure you check the weather. It’s not exciting. It’s not glamorous. But it is necessary. You need to know if you’ll be trekking through the mud or sweltering in the 40-degree heat. The weather forecast for the festival weekend will help you plan your festival outfits and let you know if you need to pack sunscreen or a raincoat, sandals or rubber boots.
- Pack the Personal Essentials
When it comes to the multi-day festivals, you want to make sure you reach the end of the weekend at least vaguely clean and comfortable. And to do this you need to make sure you pack all your personal health and hygiene essentials. These include general toiletries like deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, sanitary items, toilet paper and wet wipes, dry shampoo, eye drops (especially if it’s going to be dusty), sunscreen, hand sanitiser and any other essentials.
You should always pack a couple of towels (trust me, you’ll need towels) and a pair of thongs in case there are onsite showers (because they will be gross). A torch will always come in handy as well. And don’t forget your phone charger and a power bank or portable charger.
And for a pro festival hack, take a roll of bin bags. It doesn’t matter how muddy and soggy the campsite gets, putting your stuff in a bin bag will keep it dry and clean.
- Think Safety and Security
Most people hit up festivals to have a good time. But there are always a few jerks looking to cause trouble and steal stuff. So, it’s important that you find a way to keep your essential valuables on you at all times. These may be things like your keys, wallet, ID, bank or credit cards, cash and phone. Make sure your festival outfit includes adequate pocket space for these essentials, and that the pockets zip or button up so nothing falls out (or gets taken out).
If you don’t have the pocket space, then you might want to find a cool backpack or bum bag to keep on you at all times. You should also make sure that the bag isn’t easy for anyone behind you to open, as this will be a gift for pickpockets.
You should also never accept food or drink from anyone you don’t know or go off alone with strangers.
- Designate a Safe Meeting Place
First of all, you need to accept that you will get separated from your friends at some point. On top of that, phone reception may be patchy and chances are that your phone will die at some point. At the start of the festival, organise a meeting place for you and your friends in case you get separated.
- Choose your Campsite Wisely
If the festival involves camping, then choose your site wisely. Don’t set up camp at the bottom of a hill. It will be first place to get boggy if it rains, and you may also have to deal with rubbish and various fluids (yes, it’s as gross as it sounds) running downhill to your campsite.
Don’t set up too close to the toilets. While it may seem convenient to be near the toilet/shower block, you may end up having to deal with the smell, as well as a constant stream of people trekking through your campsite to use the facilities.
You should also try to set up near a recognisable landmark to make your campsite easier to find at the end of the night.
- Don’t do Festival Drugs
I don’t want to nag or sound like your parents, but you should try to avoid buying or doing any drugs at a festival. Buying drugs at a festival is incredibly risky. You don’t know what you’re getting and a lot of festival dealers bring along any old rubbish because they know it will sell. The best case scenario is that you pay too much for a pill that does nothing. Worst case: you could end up in the hospital or even struggling to find medical help among the chaos of the festival.
- Have Fun!
Getting your festival planning right means a weekend of music, dancing and fun with friends. Getting it wrong can mean sunburn, dehydration or even a trip to the hospital. So make sure you do a little festival planning so you can have the time of your life.