• June 17, 2016

    Festival tips from the experts

    With festival season already in full swing, and Glastonbury fast approaching next week, the guys from Hot UK Festivals have shared with us their top festival tips to help you get packed and prepared:

    Don’t over pack
    Before the festival it always seems like a great idea to take everything but the kitchen sink, but try to refrain from packing all your home comforts. You’ll be lugging your backpack around for hours so give your shoulders a rest and only take the bare minimum. See our post on the 10 must have items for Glastonbury for the key essentials.

    It’ll probably rain…
    Your nice shoes will get ruined so take wellies or boots. Plastic bags, bin bags or sealable sandwich bags are a great way to keep things dry.

    Leave your valuables at home 
    With the exception of your phone*, ID and bankcards, don’t take anything you wouldn’t want to lose or get damaged.

    *Editors note: If you can bear to be parted from your iPhone/smartphone for the weekend, leave it at home. Take a cheap festival phone to contact friends if (when) you get separated. If (like me) phone separation anxiety is just too much, and the need to Instagram too high, invest in a USB portable charging pack. This will save you from missing your favourite bands whilst waiting for your phone to charge at charging stations. Which is not a fun way to spend your festival.

    Take cereal bars
    And lots of them! They’re a low effort breakfast or great as a snack when you’re low on energy. Otherwise try to pack as little food as possible, you’ll find you’ll throw most of it away.

    Layer up
    It gets cold at night so take a warm jumper or hoody and keep it in the driest place you can find. When it’s cold and wet you’ll really appreciate it.

    Pitch your tent wisely 
    Don’t camp at the bottom of a hill, near the toilets or too close to the path. Before you leave your tent make sure you take note of any landmarks nearby so you can find your way back, as often there’ll be a load of new tents that pop up out of nowhere. It’s especially difficult to find your tent in the dark, particularly if you’ve had a few drinks. Take a torch if you don’t have a flashlight on your phone.

    Stock up on water on the first day 
    Once you’ve set up your tent, venture out and buy the biggest bottle of water you can find/carry. You’ll appreciate not having to trek for miles if the sun comes out one hungover morning when your mouth is as dry as a desert.

    Hide some money 
    Spread your money around a bit in your bag. And in case your wallet flies out of your pocket when you’re going crazy in the dance tent, tuck some money into another pocket, your shoe or even your underwear – just make sure you remember it’s there when you go to the loo!

    Experience everything! 
    Check out the biggest acts on the main stage as well as some you’ve never heard of before. You can fill in the gaps between bands by making friends and sharing photos on JiveMap, a location based social network allowing you to share and engage with everyone around you at the festival. Just make sure you download the free app before heading to the festival to save that precious mobile data!

    Follow Hot UK Festivals on Twitter @HotUKFestivals

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