Festival Dos And Don'ts!
A friend and I have recently returned from an AMAZING weekend at Reading Festival and thought we would share a few festival dos and don'ts with you all (that we learned the hard way).
1) DON'T pitch your tent next to the footpath or toilet
We made the disastrous mistake of pitching our tent right next to the footpath and needless to say it resulted in many sleepless nights. With thousands of people constantly walking past it got pretty noisy. (I think avoiding the toilets speaks for itself really)
2) DO remember to sleep
There is a lot to see/do throughout the day and night so sleep is a MUST. We made the mistake of staying up all night trying to fit everything in, which resulted in very moody mornings.
3) DON'T spend all your money on the first day
Granted there are a lot of cute little shops dotted around the camp site and in the arena which may tickle your fancy, but you have to remember that food tends to be expensive at festivals. So try to budget your spending to avoid running out of money in the last few days and not being able to feed yourself. (Alternatively take your own food, but this tends to attract bugs. Ew!)
4) DON'T expect to smell nice
Sleeping outdoors for a whole weekend with no access to showers can take its toll, so don't expect to be the nicest smelling person in the world! Try to take lots of deodorant and wet wipes to freshen up with! These can help cover the smell.
5) DO travel light
Granted not all festivals are the same, but if they're anything like Reading was then the walk from the drop off point to the campsite is quite long, so carrying around excessive amounts of luggage can take its toll! Try to fit everything in one or two bags ideally.
6) DON'T expect amazing weather
As you all know the UK isn't renowned for its amazing weather, so unless you're going to a festival which is outside of the UK the likelihood is that there will be rain! Make sure you pack for all weather: pack some shorts and also a waterproof jacket/poncho for those rainy days.
7) DON'T expect to have a clean tent (especially when sharing)
With there being so much to do every day and every night it's doubtful that you're going to find time to keep your tent clean, especially when sharing with others.
Try to keep all of your belongings in one place to avoid losing them.
8) DO camp with people you trust
When camping you're going to have to leave most of your belongings in the tent when you're not there. Camping with people you trust is going to make leaving everything behind a lot easier as you know they are not going to steal/tamper with them. (But make sure you take valuables e.g. phones/cameras everywhere with you. You wouldn't want them to go missing!)
9) DO take dry shampoo (Girls especially)
Not being able to shower for a whole weekend is going to leave your hair messy and greasy. To keep it in tip top condition pack a bottle of dry shampoo with you to quickly spray on in the mornings before you leave. Trust us, it's a life saver!
10) DON'T take drugs or drink excessively
If the opportunity arises then do not accept drugs from people. You have no idea what they could really be and it could seriously harm your health. Also with excessive drinking, you do not want to lose your self-control in a festival full of thousands of people! (And if you're underage, you shouldn't be drinking anyway!)
11) DO pitch your tent correctly
Try practising putting up your tent before you go. This will ensure that you can pitch it correctly before you leave. Don't make our mistake and not practise putting it up beforehand, which resulted in it collapsing on us in the middle of the night!
12) DON'T expect to see every act you want
There will be several different stages at the festival, so the likelihood is that there will be clashes. Just try to enjoy yourself and don't stress yourself out too much by trying to stick to a schedule.
13) DON'T leave your belongings outside the tent overnight
Leaving things outside the tent overnight could result in them getting very wet or even stolen. Try to take everything into your tent for the night, including camping chairs, wellies, etc to stop this from happening.
14) DO take toilet roll and anti-bacterial gel
The toilets at festivals are not the nicest to put it lightly, especially in the camp site. The toilet roll that is provided tends to run out quickly so take your own just in case. Also take anti-bacterial to fend off those disgusting festival germs.
15) DO enjoy yourself!
At the end of the day you're there to have fun so just make the most of your time there. Meet new people and just enjoy the music!