Be prepared! What to pack for an overnight festival

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So, you’re off to your first music festival?

It’s an exciting time! Being prepared will mean you get to properly enjoy your experience, so here’s a guide to what you should be packing for an overnight festival…

You’ll need a tent – the size will vary depending on how many people you’re looking to share with. It’s also important to check what space you’ll have on the camp site, and if there are any restrictions. Some festivals will allow you to upgrade to ‘posh’ pre-built tents, so it’s also good to check what’s included in your ticket price. Then you’ll need to kit your tent out with sleeping bags, pillows and blankets. You may want to sleep on an air mattress so that you have some comfort from the floor. In this case, don’t forget the pump! Some are manual and some will run from electricity, so check what type it is beforehand. When blowing the bed up, don’t lose attention for too long as you don’t want it to implode!

You may also want to jazz up your tent to make it festival-ready – think solar panel fairy lights, bunting, wind mills – why not? Don’t forget to bring tent locks too – you don’t want anyone getting into your space while you’re out enjoying yourself. However, even with the locks on your tent, don’t leave any valuables inside as it can be easy for thieves to cut into tents.

There’s also the practicalities that you’ll need, such as head lamps (it’ll come in super useful when you need the loo in the middle of the night!), lanterns (for keeping the tent lit up), hammer (for hammering in the tent pegs), pocket knife (in case anything needs cutting open), and rubbish bags (to keep your space tidy). You’ll probably also want to take some essentials with you such as toilet roll – you never know just how equipped the shower blocks will be. Additionally, you’ll want all your typical toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel or soap. These won’t be provided.

Often people will take chairs with them so they have somewhere to sit outside while eating breakfast or chilling out in the evening. They may also take a cooler to keep drinks and food chilled. It’s best to have two – one for drinks and one for food to keep them separate. As there’s no saying what the drinking water is like or where it’ll be available, it’s always best to take plenty of bottles of water – especially as any alcohol you’ll be consuming will also be dehydrating you.

Finally, you need to consider what you’ll be doing about food. You may want to take a cooking stove or portable BBQ with you, which will typically require gas. Never use this inside your tent as there is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It needs to be used in a well-ventilated space. You’ll also need basic cooking utensils, plates, cutlery and a saucepan or frying pan. Don’t forget to bring your food with you – it will typically be a lot cheaper than the food being sold in the festival.

Then all that remains is for you to bring your clothes, shoes (wellies are standard) and yourself! Have fun…

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