Festival first-timers: here’s your guide

20 April 2017 by
First published: 12 May 2016

Festival first-timers: here’s your guide to surviving the festival season!

Summer is approaching and you’ve decided to embark on a music festival for the first time. You’re going to listen to amazing music, meet incredible people and no doubt have the time of your life. However, there are a few things you need to do in order to have the best time.

Don’t worry – we’ve got you sorted. Festival first timers: here’s your guide to teach you all about the dos and don’ts of being a seasoned festivalgoer.

Choose your tent spot carefully

Choosing a good tent spot should be your main priority when you first arrive. If you pitch your tent at the bottom of a hill, knowing the British weather, it’ll be flooded with rain in no time. Also, use a landmark to remember where you pitched your tent, otherwise you may end up stumbling into a stranger’s bed. Eek! 

Plan your music schedule

There’s so much to look forward to at music festivals, but annoyingly you can’t do everything! Don’t miss out on your favourites by forgetting when they’re going to be on stage. Plan your music schedule in advance to avoid the stress of rushing about in the mud. Being organised comes in useful every now and then!

Don’t overpack

This is a music festival, not a two-week holiday to Marbella. You seriously don’t need to bring that many clothes, plus anything you wear is just going to get mucky anyway. Just resign yourself to the fact that you’re probably going to stink for a few days and then have the shower of your life when you get home.

Wrap up warm

On the other hand, you should bring an extra layer of clothing, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. When you’re absolutely soaking wet from head to toe, having a spare jumper and a clean pair of socks will come in handy. Or, you can save your clean clothes for a comfy drive home. 

Bring the essentials

One thing that you need to know about festivals, is that there are a few essentials that you absolutely must not forget. This list includes things like baby wipes, hand sanitiser, sun cream and food. The baby wipes are an especially crucial packing essential – when you see the state of the toilets, you’ll understand.