The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide

The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide

It’s almost a month until it’s officially Summer time and you know what that means.

Yes, it’s music festival season!

Like any good festival goer you’re likely to be thinking ahead about what to stuff in to your rucksack, which musical guitar gods you simply must see, and who will be the designated driver on this 4 hour pilgrimage to mud, music, and mayhem.

Or maybe you’re a first timer dipping your wellies in to the world of face-melting guitar riffs, mosh pits, glow sticks, and porta potties hosting their own tiny civilisations.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows when  you’re camped out in the middle of nowhere with thousands of hardcore music fans all trying to elbow their way to the main stage front row.

So we figured we’d give you some hints and tips on how to survive a music festival for both seasoned pros and newbies!

  1. Travel light

Two women showing their festival fashion off while cheering in the crowd

People come from far and wide to festivals across the UK. So chances are you’re one of those people who will have quite a trek to make. You need enough room in the car for your friends and you don’t want to be lugging everything else including the kitchen sink across a field! Make your outfit versatile. For the ladies a pair of leggings or denim shorts and interchangeable tops is a fab lightweight option that’s comfy and easy to carry. Lads, a pair of shorts and a graphic printed tee will keep you cool in the heat while a button up shirt can go over this combo if you need an extra layer. The perfect accessory for both men and women for a festival? The humble hoody! Save space and ditch your pillow in favour of putting your clothes inside its case!

  1. Bring snacks 

A group of young people eating thieir meals at a music festival

Festival food is expensive and we’re on a budget here! So stock up on snacks for being on the go like cereal bars and crisps to keep your strength up when you’re playing air guitar in the mud pit! Keep drinks like Capri-Sun handy for a juice fix and Coca-Cola for when you need a sugar boost mid way through the festival excitement.

  1. Set your soundtrack

Create a playlist for the journey of the bands that are playing throughout the weekend. There’s bound to be some you’re not familiar with and you might just find a new festival favourite from your mix tape!

  1. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

The worst thing you can do at a festival is not drink water. Alcohol dehydrates you quickly and you can’t spend the entire weekend living on sugary drinks. Hydrating is a must and a good bottle of water will keep you energised for longer so you can elbow your way to the main stage!

  1. Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen

Trust me on the sunscreen. Even if it looks a bit cloudy, you’re going to be exposed to UV rays for roughly 72 hours or more. Pack a strong SPF sun lotion and after sun to avoid looking like a boiled lobster with dodgy tan lines!

  1. Baby wipes

Say hello to your festival BFF! You’re going to have no access to a proper shower for the weekend which means wet wipes are like currency at a festival. Say goodbye to panda eyes, makeup and mud!

  1. Make a plan 

A group of friends dancing at a music festival

Festivals are HUGE. Getting lost is incredibly easy so always plan a checkpoint for you all to head to if you get separated. The phone charging tent will be too rammed and you might not have a signal or a travel phone charger so chances are your phone will run out of power. It’s time to go back to the era before mobile phones ladies and gentlemen, let’s get through this as smoothly as possible.

  1. Most importantly, bring a sense of humour!

You’re going to be in a field with your mates and thousands of strangers so you’re going to see some amazing fancy dress (there’s always a Where’s Wally group), epic mud slides, hilarious dancing and some incredible bands rocking out! Festivals are fun, tiring and kind of tough but your group will make it through together!

A group of friends chasing bubbles at a music festival

Want to scrub up well after your festival fun? Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to enter our luxury hamper giveaway! It’s filled with al your favourite smellies like body wash, shower gel, shampoos and more!

Want to top up your festival kit? You can find your nearest Poundstretcher here!