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Well, with festival season approaching fast - can anyone give this festival virgin any useful hints and tips? Looking for advice on things to take (not the obvious stuff like a tent! - I'll hopef…
BurntEffigy Avatar
5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
Well, with festival season approaching fast - can anyone give this festival virgin any useful hints and tips?

Looking for advice on things to take (not the obvious stuff like a tent! - I'll hopefully remember that!), but little things that may be essential to the regulars, but under the radar to us newbies.

Thanks in advance.
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List of hints so far:

Hygiene:
Wet Wipes / Alcohol Hand gel
Toilet Rolls
own Portable toilet(?)

Clothing:
Wellies / Waterproof walking boots
3/4 length trousers
spare socks
Warm clothing (for night-time)

Miscellaneous:
Bottled water
Trolley / Old sledge (for dragging stuff to tent)
Torch
Camping Chair / tripod stool
padlock (for locking tent from inside- only when INSIDE it)
Ear plugs (for night)
Bin Bag/s (for protecting stuff from rain)
Sun Tan Lotion

General Advice:
Don't pitch near to a path
Pitch near to a watch tower (if there are any)
Practice putting up tent (and taking down) before hand
Avoid taking Glass
Only take stuff that you can afford to lose. (eg an old mobile)
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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[mod][Moderator] 2 Likes #1
dont go! but if you do, baby wipes and disinfectant wipes for the toilets

Edited By: wishihadadonkey on Apr 26, 2011 16:03
2 Likes #2
Don't drink other people's can's left by tents, can be a nasty suprise for some.X)
#3
Take your own toilet - something like those portable john's off Amazon that were advertised on here the other day :)
#4
Adam2050
Don't drink other people's can's left by tents, can be a nasty suprise for some.X)

darren9030
Take your own toilet - something like those portable john's off Amazon that were advertised on here the other day :)

3 posts down and I see a theme developing already! (will be taking plenty of cans, so that's the toilet arrangements sorted too ;) )
banned#5
Which festival?
#6
dont forget to take bottled water to brush your teeth if it is a weekend festival.
#7
Just a reasonably small local one this year (Solfest) - trial run sort of thing, hoping to go bigger in a couple of years.

[..but it is still a Thursday p.m to Monday a.m festival]

Edited By: BurntEffigy on Apr 26, 2011 16:08
#8
Don't take anything you can't afford to loose, I always took a crap mobile, and stored my cash close to me in my sleeping bag. (First night we were there people got robbed, turned out to be a scum bag friend) I didn't have anything nicked, though I wasn't drunk so that helped.

Edited By: Adam2050 on Apr 26, 2011 16:08
#9
Wet wipes and wellies and a trolley to lug all the beer to your tent! :)
1 Like #10
Get some hand cleaning gel that drys by itself, ideal for festivals, also stuff like baby wipes, torches, camping chair etc

Also bring warm clothes for night time and to sleep in, no matter how hot it us during the day, it gets really cold at night

If it's Glastonbury and you are going by car take as little as possible because it's a hell of a trek from the car parks and you can buy anything you need once you're in

Edited By: souljacker on Apr 26, 2011 16:15
#11
padlock for your tent
banned 3 Likes #12
Don't sleep over on the last day (if it's a weekend camping thing).

You'll get burnt.
1 Like #13
take some bin bags to put your rucksack in if it rains, my tent leaked after really heavy rain one year and all my clean clothes and snacks got wet :(
1 Like #14
The padlock was more for night so no **** up numptys come in
1 Like #15
KapA
padlock for your tent


Don't ever put a padlock on your tent, it will only make people think you've got something worth robbing and they'll just slash it
1 Like #16
Whatever you do don't pitch your tent next to a path, you'll end up with lots of visitors in the middle of the night.

Make sure you know how to put your tent up beforehand, there's nothing better than laughing at someone who's struggling with theirs.

If you've far to go from the car park to the campsite take an old plastic sledge to put all your beer in

Spare socks are usually a good idea

Wet wipes/hand gel/toilet roll

Plastic water bottle that you can refill
banned 1 Like #17
sun tan lotion
#18
KapA
The padlock was more for night so no **** up numptys come in


Yep from the inside is sensible at night when you get the wanderers.
1 Like #19
JonnyTwoToes
Don't sleep over on the last day (if it's a weekend camping thing).

You'll get burnt.

remember this happening in wakestock few years ago, groups of people going round setting tents on fire without giving a care if there was anyone inside it. i stayed up all night drinking with a mate so it detered them from our group of tents glad i wasnt the one driving us home the next day lol.

a tip for this OP is to set your tent up close to a event watch towers where it has someone on watch all day and night. might not happen in your small local festival but if you do branch out and go bigger then its a good idea.
banned#21
BurntEffigy
Just a reasonably small local one this year (Solfest) - trial run sort of thing, hoping to go bigger in a couple of years.

[..but it is still a Thursday p.m to Monday a.m festival]


Solfest is good because you camp right next to your car.
No lugging stuff about so take as much as you possibly can.
And no reason to worry about tent leaks and thieves :)
banned#22
Just looked at the lineup, Kate Rusby is there so make sure you see her!

And Plump DJ's in the dance tent - that's pretty awesome.
#23
KapA
padlock for your tent


I wouldn't. A padlock on the tent makes it look more likely there's something to rob in there.

Also, my mate put one on our tent when we went to Leeds the first time, when i came back to the tent he had ripped the door off as couldn't remember the combination. This was the first night, so didnt have a door for the rest of the weekend!


Edited By: amfan on Apr 26, 2011 16:25
#24
greatest666
Solfest is good because you camp right next to your car.
No lugging stuff about so take as much as you possibly can.
And no reason to worry about tent leaks and thieves :)

Yeah, I should be ok for storing my cans and 'valuables' through the day. That's the nice thing about trying Solfest before a larger festival. Hopefully there'll be plenty of tips for other people to use for their festivals too, so all hints are welcome.
1 Like #25
amfan
KapA
padlock for your tent


I wouldn't. A padlock on the tent makes it look more likely there's something to rob in there.

Also, my mate put one on our tent when we went to Leeds the first time, when i came back to the tent he had ripped the door off as couldn't remember the combination. This was the first night, so didnt have a door for the rest of the weekend!



as already said I meant its a good idea to padlock it at night from the inside so no-one can get in while your sleeping, not during the day! :)
#26
Yeah i didn't see that. Thats a good idea as i know some people who went to leeds festival who had things stolen while they slept.
#27
learn to live off canned food and pot noodles, taking anything else is pointless.
banned 2 Likes #28
amfan
Yeah i didn't see that. Thats a good idea as i know some people who went to leeds festival who had things stolen while they slept.


Such as their virginity knowing Leeds!
banned 1 Like #29
I take a little tripod fishing chair that can be slung over my shoulder.
You can take them into the arena with you to guarantee a seat when you need it, and sling it over your shoulder when dancing :)

Waterproof hillwalking shoes with 3 quarter length trousers are a good way of keeping dry.
Only wear wellies when you really need to as they aren't very comfy.

The food at these wee festivals is very good, much better than the mainstream festivals, so we don't take any food except for the first day as there weren't going to be any food stalls open when we arrived.
I liked the breakfast Burritos last year at Solfest :)
Plenty of veggie stuff there too though.

You might want earplugs too, what with the music playing all night.
#30
Find the nearest supermarket when you get there after pitching the tent for 'Supplies' 1st thing we do year in is go to tesco for beer / spirits / bbq food and wotsits. :D
#31
JonnyTwoToes
Just looked at the lineup, Kate Rusby is there so make sure you see her!

And Plump DJ's in the dance tent - that's pretty awesome.


+1 to seeing the Plumps. Also Utah Saints and the Freestylers in the dance tent.
Mr Scratch in the reggae tent is an awesome beatbox.

Cast - didn't know they were still cracking on!
#32
Thanks all - got some useful tips there.
Hand wipes and Alcohol gel would be something I wouldn't have thought of.

Also is useful to know about padlocking (i would've padlocked while away - it makes sense not to do that)
Looking forward to going now :) - even though it's a way off yet.

I know its not relevant for my small(ish) festival, but how do you ever find your own tent in the middle of the night?
#33
Definitely take handwash, the stuff which dries when you rub it into your hands.

I used it all the time but still came back with an upset stomach! If I hadn't have bothered using it, would have been pretty nasty for sure...

Put your tent near a landmark (at the very least someone might have a big flag set up nearby which you can use to find your way back to your own tent). I always try and go around the edge somewhere, so you just walk around the edge rather than trudge right through the middle of everyone's tents right to the center of the field.

Edited By: oldmanhouse on Apr 27, 2011 11:56
banned#34
money belt for you cash and your stash...car keys etc
#35
BurntEffigy
Thanks all - got some useful tips there.
Hand wipes and Alcohol gel would be something I wouldn't have thought of.

Also is useful to know about padlocking (i would've padlocked while away - it makes sense not to do that)
Looking forward to going now :) - even though it's a way off yet.

I know its not relevant for my small(ish) festival, but how do you ever find your own tent in the middle of the night?


Hellooo from a Solfest lover :)

I once lost my tent at Solfest, but that is because I was wearing sunglasses when it was dark :D it also depends which part you camp in, the "noisy" camping field is pretty straight forward, there are about 5 roads you can walk/drive down between the rows of tents so as long as you remember your road it's dead easy!

It takes 10minutes MAX to walk to the mainstage!

It's such a fantastic festival for young and old you'll have a fab time :)

Argghhh I love Solfesssssssssst!!!!!! xx
#36
slamdunkin
money belt for you cash and your stash...car keys etc


what you mean like this ....

http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/sites/broughtonspurtle.org.uk/files/imagecache/Medium/images/story/motivator2.jpg
#37
Ha ha mr motivator was at a festival i went to last year :D

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