With both the Isle of Wight festival and Download kicking off next week it’s time to get organised and make sure you have everything sorted. The last thing you want is to be running around the day before you go, not only will this tire you out ahead of a weekend with no sleep, but you are sure to forget something! Luckily, FieldandTrek.com are here to give you the low-down on all the festival musts!
You’ve got your festival camping/tents/festival-and-pop-up-tentstent and sleeping bags sorted (hopefully!), so what else do you possibly need? If this is your first festival you may fall into the trap of packing everything – which is fine but remember you have to carry it from the car park to the campsite, which in the case of Download and Isle of Wight is pretty far. Instead try to just pack the essentials and if necessary wear your wellies to travel in to save space.
First of all you’ll need something to carry everything in. Some people may take suitcases, but if it’s muddy the wheels will get stuck and you’ll have mud splashes up your legs before you’ve even got there! Rucksacks or large backpacks are much more effective, they have plenty of space inside them, they leave your hands free and it will feel lighter because it’s on your back. Sleeping bags with stuff sacks can usually be attached to the straps on the rucksack too so that’s one less thing for you to carry.
Camping chairs are a festival must, they are great for sitting around in the morning or in the evening after all the festival fun. They are also easy to carry with most of them benefitting from a shoulder strap, and a funky design so you can look festival hip! A blanket is also good idea, if you have enough space – you can either use them as an extra layer between you and the floor or simply spread out and have a pre-arena picnic.
If you want to save money then taking food is essential. Cereal bars and fruit pots are perfect for breakfast, or if you’re strong enough to carry a stove then beans, bacon and sausages will fill you up for the day. However, be aware that you can’t take food into the arena, so unless you are planning on popping back from the arena to your campsite (and missing out on the bands!) then it is best to not take too much with you. This will save on space, weight and wastage.
Although the campsites do have showers, they are few and far between and have the potential to be quite muddy one night in. Dry shampoo, hand sanitiser, toilet roll and plenty of face/baby wipes should do the trick to keep you clean-ish.
You also want to make sure you have a hat (festival chic), a raincoat and suncream – you never know what the weather might do. Log on to FieldandTrek.com and check out the camping equipment and everything you need to be festival ready. You can also keep up date with their latest deals on their official Twitter and Facebook pages.
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