Festival season is here, and we’re so excited! The music, memories and whole camping experience make the festival season one of the best times of the year. Before going to a festival, it’s important to know all the tips and tricks to make your experience truly amazing. Here are 10 essential festival hacks to make you a wise camper this summer!
1. Dry shampoo is your new best friend
If you’re going to heed any of these festival hacks, heed this one. Dry shampoo is an absolute necessity, and something every festival fanatic needs to pack. With all the raving and partying you’ll be doing, your hair is going to get a little (a lot) greasy. Dry shampoo will be your saviour when you’re in need of an instant refresh and will help keep your hair looking clean and sleek under the circumstances.
2. Get a festival phone
If you’re worried about taking your phone to a festival with you, get yourself a cheap, old school Nokia instead, and you’ll be sorted! The battery life of a rubbish festival phone will last ages, so you won’t have to worry about it dying on you when you need it most.
3. Don’t forget to bring a mallet
I know it sounds like an obvious one, but you’d be amazed at how many people forget to bring a mallet along to a festival. Take my word for it, there’s nothing worse than trying to kick the tent pegs in yourself, or force them into the ground with a plastic bottle. Save yourself some time and energy, and pack a mallet.
4. Hand sanitiser and wet wipes are a must
If you’re not down for queueing for the showers, a pack of wet wipes is the next best thing. Wet wipes are great for freshening up and for scrubbing off any spilt drinks or mud marks. They’re cheap, handy and get the job done!
Also on the list of essentials is hand sanitiser. Festivals can be seriously yucky places, so it’s important to keep your hands clean and fresh with some anti-bacterial sanitiser.
5. Make your tent stand out
Safety is key when you’re at a festival. If you find yourself stumbling back through a crowded campsite at 4 am, it’s important to make your way to the correct tent. Make life a little easier for yourself by ensuring that your tent stands out. Attach something big and unique to it, so you and your campmates will be able to identify it as yours. Think a DIY flagpole or glow in the dark tape.
6. Camp next to a notable landmark
While festival hacks are helpful, a lot of festival expertise comes down to simple common sense. Choose a notable landmark, like a big sign or something similar, and set up camp next to it.
7. Pack-it jackets are cool
I know what you’re thinking, pack-it jackets aren’t the snazziest of fashion pieces, but you’ll be miserable at a festival without one. If it rains (which, let’s face it, is a possibility), a pack-it jacket will keep you shielded from the weather. Pack-it jackets are small enough to fit into a bag and come in lots of great designs, so you can look fab whilst staying dry!
8. Layer up!
Although the festival sun may be shining all day long (we hope), it can get pretty cold at festivals, especially during the night. If you don’t want to freeze to death, do yourself a favour and pack some extra layers to pile on top of your outfits. Pack several warm jumpers and an extra one for good luck.
9. Use a disposable camera
If you aren’t planning on taking your phone to a festival, a disposable camera is a fantastic alternative to using your phone camera to take some snaps. It’s small, compact, and it won’t matter too much if you drop it in the mud! Disposable camera pictures also make the cutest festival souvenirs for you and your pals.
10. Make a note of where you park
And last, but by no means least, we come to the topic of trying to remember where the hell you parked the car. When it comes to packing up and going home, chances are you’re going to be feeling pretty rough. So for goodness’ sake, make a note of where you parked the car. Do this before you even leave the car park at the start of the festival. The tired, hungover you will thank you for it.