If your festival survival kit consists only of beer, spare pants and a pair of sunglasses; you really should check out this list of 5 festival camping essentials to make your festival experience that much easier.
1. Bin Bags – This may seem like a strange one, but packing a roll of bin bags into your festival kit will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Other than their obvious use, the humble bin bag can also act as a stand-in poncho, groundsheet or picnic blanket and can be employed if necessary in the temporary repair of your tent. Don’t forget that that they can also be used as a place to put the rubbish from around your tents before you leave – like any good festival-goer should.
2. Head Torch – A head torch, of the style usually used in orienteering or trekking, is another vital bit of kit that you may want to consider investing in. Although a standard torch should be seen as an essential for any festival goer (try finding your wallet in depths of a pitch black tent without one), a head torch will make those late night trips to the portaloos that much easier.
3. Flags – If you are a festival virgin then you may not be aware of the camping arrangements you are about to experience. Finding your tent among the sea of thousands of identical tents is never an easy task. Add to this darkness, rain and a few drinks and you will discover that finding your tent is near impossible. Fashion yourself a flag (the Jolly Roger being my personal favourite) and flagpole before you leave for the festival and you will save yourself many hours of searching for your tent that could be better spent enjoying the music on offer.
4. Wellington Boots – Thanks to the often inclement British weather, preparing for wet conditions is a vital part of your pre-festival planning. Although this might seem like an obvious suggestion, the amount of festival-goers you will see wading through a knee deep quagmire in nothing but plimsolls is astonishing. Your feet will thank you for protecting them from the mud and rain with a pair of wellies – a festival essential.
Seating – One final piece of advice is take something to sit on! You may feel great dancing around on the first night, but by day 3 your legs will be aching for a sit down. Fold up camping chairs are perfect for this – break it out in the morning around the stove for your cup of tea, or up on the hill overlooking the stage to take in your favourite bands in relative comfort.