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    Festivals - useful hints & tips

    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)

    37 Comments

    Mod & Ed

    dont go! but if you do, baby wipes and disinfectant wipes for the toilets
    Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 26th Apr 2011

    Don't drink other people's can's left by tents, can be a nasty suprise for some.X)

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

    Original Poster

    Adam2050

    Don't drink other people's can's left by tents, can be a nasty suprise … 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 … 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

    Which festival?

    dont forget to take bottled water to brush your teeth if it is a weekend festival.

    Original Poster

    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" 26th Apr 2011

    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" 26th Apr 2011

    Wet wipes and wellies and a trolley to lug all the beer to your tent!

    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" 26th Apr 2011

    padlock for your tent

    Banned

    Don't sleep over on the last day (if it's a weekend camping thing).

    You'll get burnt.

    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

    The padlock was more for night so no **** up numptys come in

    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

    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

    sun tan lotion

    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.

    JonnyTwoToes

    Don't sleep over on the last day (if it's a weekend camping thing).You'll … 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

    BurntEffigy

    Just a reasonably small local one this year (Solfest) - trial run sort of … 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

    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.

    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" 26th Apr 2011

    Original Poster

    greatest666

    Solfest is good because you camp right next to your car.No lugging stuff … 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.

    amfan

    I wouldn't. A padlock on the tent makes it look more likely there's … 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!

    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.

    learn to live off canned food and pot noodles, taking anything else is pointless.

    Banned

    amfan

    Yeah i didn't see that. Thats a good idea as i know some people who went … 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

    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.

    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.

    JonnyTwoToes

    Just looked at the lineup, Kate Rusby is there so make sure you see … 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!

    Original Poster

    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?

    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" 27th Apr 2011

    Banned

    money belt for you cash and your stash...car keys etc

    BurntEffigy

    Thanks all - got some useful tips there. Hand wipes and Alcohol gel would … 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 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

    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

    Ha ha mr motivator was at a festival i went to last year
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