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10 Tips to Survive a Music Festival

Posted by Paul Clapham on
Festival crowd leaning against barrier applauding.

We’re right in the middle of festival season, which can be such a fun and overwhelming experience in equal measure. While going to see live music is right up our street, some of the drags of camping in a field can make surviving a couple of days with your friends a serious challenge.

Focus on the backs of three audience members at a music festival, looking over the crowd.

So, in the spirit of the season, we’ve put together our top ten tips for surviving a music festival, learnt from our years of visiting them ourselves!

Choose Your Crew Wisely

Sleeping in a tent, not having a proper shower and dealing with a potential hangover throughout your weekend at a festival means you need the right people around you. In particular, if you’re sharing a tent, choose to share with the people who are most like you in the hope that you’ll be on the same page when it comes to bedtimes, meal times and even toilet runs in the middle of the night!

Don’t Over-Pack

Cramming extra clothing for outfit changes throughout the day might seem like a smart thing to do at home. However, when you’re dragging a huge bag through a muddy field 3 three days in, you might change your mind. Pack light and bring only the essentials. You’ll be grateful later.

Get There Early

Getting to the festival field early means you won’t be left with a tent spot directly next to the toilets. Need we say more?

Give Your Tent an Identity

Lots of people add flags to their tents to help them see where their spot is from far away. Get creative with your tent ID so you never get lost. Also, it’s a good idea to try to make friends with your neighbours for a bit of neighbourhood watch action while you’re away from your tent!

Festival tents at music festival.

Style Yourself Simply in Dungarees

Obviously, we’re big fans of dungarees and there’s nowhere quite like a festival to nail this look. Not only do dungarees make life so much simpler (fewer items to pick and choose between) but they’re comfortable, cool and a classic music fest item. Style with trainers or even wellies and anything from a bikini top to a hoodie depending on how lucky you are with the weather! Shop our range here.

Wearing mid wash women’s dungarees with hands in front pockets. Paired with white t-shirt.

Bring Extra Charge

Running out of phone battery on day one will really annoy you. Make sure you’re prepared with extra battery packs for all your electronics.

Keep Your Packing Separate

Find a way to keep your wet and muddy clothes separate from your clean clothes by bringing separator bags. There’s nothing worse than only having damp denim to put back on!

Don’t Forget Wet Wipes

One of the most important camping essentials for you will be wet wipes. Whether you use them for a full wash or just to clean the glitter off your face before you try to sleep, you’ll regret leaving this behind.

Don’t Leave Anything Valuable in Your Tent

Avoid bringing anything with you that you aren’t ok to lose. It just seems to happen at festivals. And never leave valuables in your tent, even if you padlock the zip.

Plan How You’re Going to Get Away

An early or late exit might just save you from hours of queuing so plan how you’re going to get away ahead of time for a smooth departure.

Music festivals are expensive and chances are you bought your tickets months in advance if not more. So, it’s important that you really enjoy it and make the most of your time there. Follow our easy-to-do top tips and you’ll be singing along to your favourite bands all weekend long without hassle.

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