Handy tips for an awesome festival experience

Heading off for some festival fun? We hope you have an amazing time. To make sure you set off with everything you need, we’ve put together a quick list of our top ten essentials to pack. Some of them might seem a bit obvious, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget something important in all the excitement.

We’ve also made a guide for if you’re driving there, with some useful tips for looking after you, your car and any your passengers.

My festival checklist

  1. Your ticket. Festivals are nowhere near as much fun if you’re stuck in the car park
  2. A water bottle. It’s important to stay hydrated, so keep refilling it at the free taps
  3. Tent, sleeping bag and roll mat. Far more pleasant than sleeping in the grass
  4. Wellies. Those flip flops aren’t going to cut it if the weather turns nasty
  5. Wet wipes. Freshen up without having to hit the showers
  6. Suntan lotion and a hat. OK, we’re optimists. But you never know
  7. Waterproofs. Pack your favourite cagoule, just in case
  8. Your toothbrush. It’s easier to make new friends if you’re minty fresh
  9. Medical info and medication, if you need it. You’ll be a long way from a chemist
  10. Money/cards. You can’t live on the old mints in the bottom of your rucksack

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Ready for your road trip?

If you’re travelling by car, either as the driver or a passenger, you can help make the journey easier and safer for everyone with our top ten trip tips.

  1. Check oil and water levels before you go. A quick look now can save lots of hassle later
  2. Fill up with fuel when you get to half a tank. If there are queues to get in (pretty likely) you don’t want to run out of gas while you wait
  3. Putting the spare wheel in the rear footwell before you fill the boot will save a lot of time and swearing if you have a puncture on the way
  4. Check your tyre pressures. Having the wheels inflated properly will make driving safer, plus it can save fuel
  5. It’s a good idea to plan where you’ll stop for breaks, so you don’t get too tired. Stopping every two hours is ideal to avoid fatigue
  6. Be ready for mud. If you feel the tyres losing grip, stop or you’ll dig yourself into a muddy hole. To get through put rubber mats, old towels or even some branches under the back wheels to give traction
  7. In all the excitement, don’t forget to remove valuables and lock your car
  8. Make a careful note of where you’ve parked. Look for landmarks or try an app that helps you remember where you left your motor.
  9. Keep your keys safe and dry while you’re enjoying yourself. Having a little plastic bag to chuck them in is a good call.
  10. When it’s time to leave, take special care on the way home – especially if you haven’t had much sleep. Regular stops, cold drinks and fresh air should help keep you alert. If your passengers are covered to drive your car, sharing the driving is a good idea too.

We hope these tips will help you have a brilliant time and don’t forget to tweet us a pic of your weekend. See you down the front!

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