Summer weather and weekend music festivals are made for each other. From the well-known festivals like Glastonbury and Reading, to smaller more niche festivals such as Secret Garden Party and Lovebox, the UK festival scene is buzzing. But with worries of getting washed out by the rain and less than homely shower facilities, there's a few things you need to think about before you just rock up. So whether you’re heading for a weekend of chilled out vibes or partying it up here is everything you need to know to survive camping this festival season.
Hauling your weekend essentials through muddy fields on a trolley is not the way forward. Instead, choose a comfortable 60L + backpack to accommodate your festival itinerary. You’ll still have two hands free to carry a crate of beer.
It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people forget their tent. While you won’t need an expedition tent, investing in a well ventilated and waterproof tent is essential.
Go for a lightweight tent to save adding bulk and weight to your backpack, and check out how easy it is to put up or take down the tent before investing. The last thing you want is to be working out how to pitch up on site when you could kicking back with a nice cold one.
A three-season sleeping bag with a 0°C to -5°C rating is ideal. If you feel the cold easily, choose a bag with a slightly warmer comfort rating. Although down sleeping bags have a better warmth to weight ratio, synthetic is probably your best bet for a festival as if down fill gets wet (and let's face it chances of split drinks are high) it loses its insulating properties.
Good news is there's no need to settle for an uncomfortable foam roll-up mat any longer! Self-inflating mats are much more comfortable and provide better insulating properties against cold from the floor, yet are lightweight and pack away pretty small.
Getting a good night's sleep is important, but pillows can be bulky items to add your pack. Instead of trying to stuff a pillow into your rucksack, try a packable pillows which can be folded up into a shirt pocket en route then filled with your festival clothes at night.
Even in summertime temperatures can drop; pack a woolly hat to keep toasty around the camp fire.
Leaving a first aid kit in your tent for your group is never a bad idea. You can even use the pouch to store your other toiletries.