Countdown and survival guide to your summer of festivals

Posted on 2 July 2015
By Jason Persse
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This year’s festival-goers have already been spoilt for choice with the variety of events going on.

June was predominated by the iconic Glastonbury Festival with music-lovers from all over the world joining to see headliners such as Kayne West, The Who and Florence and the Machine taking to the stage.

While some may argue Glastonbury remains the main event in the festival calendar, there’s still so much more to look forward to this summer including Latitude, Leeds and Reading Festivals, Bestival and Creamfields to name but a few.

If you’re lucky enough to still have a few more festivals in the pipeline, now’s the time to run through a check-list of essentials.

Of course, you’ll remember the big stuff – such as a sleeping bag and a tent. But the following list contains those things that you might just forget, or not think of.

When you’re packing, one thing to bear in mind is that not everything you take to the festival will make the journey home with you.

You might lose stuff, or it might ‘disappear’, so a general rule of thumb is to not take anything of great value with you.

Sun cream and a hat

So far, we’ve had some glorious days of hot, sunny weather. Of course, things could all change, so it’s best to be prepared and take plenty of sun cream and a wide-brimmed hat, but make sure to also pack some waterproofs and wellies.

Torch

When you need to find your tent after the last act has played, a torch is an invaluable piece of kit at any festival. If you want to minimise what you take, download a torch app onto your phone – and many have them pre-loaded as well.

Put it on your homepage, so you needn’t have to stumble over other people or their tents on the way to find where to rest your head.

Earplugs

These are perhaps a surprising inclusion on an essential festival list. But listening to excessively loud music – such as that you’ll experience at a festival or in any night club – has been linked to causing noise-induced hearing loss.

Wearing earplugs will protect your ears, and don’t worry, you’ll still be able to hear the music, you just won’t have to put up with that ringing noise in your ears for hours after the music has stopped. You can find out more about the damage that noise can do to your hearing on the Hidden Hearing
website.

It’s worth checking out and is good knowledge to have.

A cheap phone

Don’t take your pride and joy latest smartphone to the festival. You might lose it – take a cheapie that will last the festival and you won’t have to worry about it going missing.

Loo roll and antibacterial hand cleaner

Festival loos are not pleasant – and they’re even worse after the first day. You may not be able to do anything about the queue time, but taking your own loo roll and a bottle of antibacterial hand cleaner will make the whole experience a better one.

While you’re at it, throw in a pack of baby wipes which will give you that all over fresh feel whenever you start fantasising about that shower you’re going to have when you get home.

Your ticket

It may sound obvious but making sure you have your ticket packed (it should really be the first thing that you pack). Imagine going to all the effort of getting ready and then turning up without a ticket… No matter what the weather will bring, the British festival season is an experience like no other. Whatever you do or don’t pack – you’re going have an awesome time come what may!

This article was written by
Jason Persse