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How to pack for a music festival

If you’re thinking about packing for a festival adventure and don’t know where to start, you may feel a headache coming on even before the first hangover. Don’t panic, however, as here is your essential guide to packing for a music festival.

The essentials

If you’re camping, don’t even think about taking an expensive tent if there is any chance that you’re going to be surrounded by party people or you are likely to be in the party spirit around your temporary abode. If you’re looking to buy a cheap tent to take, make sure it’s big enough. We suggest halving the number of people it’s supposed to accommodate to make sure you have enough room.

At this stage, you should also check on the festival website what you are and aren’t allowed to take. It saves you dragging things away that you can’t use and may even be confiscated and lost.

Next, make sure you have safely packed the absolute essentials such as your festival ticket, debit card, cash and recognised ID. Next, stick in the solar charger to make sure your phone has power without having to pay a fortune on-site.

Use folded up clothes, from maxi dresses to jeans, instead of pillows.

Take a bag of ‘life-savers’ that you’ll think you don’t need but will. This will include gaffer tape to fix things, an eye mask, earplugs, a torch, a lighter and clothes pegs.

Food and drink

It can be really expensive to eat out at festivals so it can really pay to take some essentials with you. Think about snacks too, such as nuts, which will give you the energy boost you need to keep you dancing all through the days and nights. Read about the health benefits of nuts at https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-nuts.

Prepare for weather

The wisest grandmother may be able to answer every question from what they were doing on this day in 1956, to what is a maxi dress? but even she won’t be able to predict what the weather will throw at you during festival season. The trick, therefore, is to prepare for any eventuality and that means layers.

If nothing else, pack some clear disposable ponchos that will still show off your favourite festival clobber whilst keeping you dry when the inevitable downpours occur.

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