It’s that time of year again – Festival Season is upon us! Now, I’m not exactly what you would call ‘outdoors-y.’ I’m the first one to admit I’m a bit high maintenance, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get down with the best of them. I even managed T in the Park one year 4-weeks post-op (a story for another time, lads) so I think I know how to rough it. That being said, there’s nothing like having a few home comforts when you’re covered in beer (?) with no real shower in sight. So here I bring you my top 10 festival essentials for high maintenance girls!
1. I don’t care what anyone says, the best thing that you can take with you to a festival, or any camping trip for that matter, is a pool lilo. You can find them in bigger supermarkets for as little as £5! The reason I suggest a lilo and not an air mattress is that a lilo tends to be more compact and you won’t mind so much if it springs a hole. Seriously put one in your bag and then send me a bunch of flowers as a thank you from your back.
2. Buy a VIP toilet Pass – it’s the best £30 you will ever spend. Also, convince one of your friends to do the same so you always have a buddy. If you’re lucky this VIP area may also include showers or hair-washing facilities. There’s nothing like a clean mane to bring back your groove on day-3 of a festival.
3. Baby wipes and anti-bacterial gel become a legit form of currency. There’s nothing worse than having to use a portaloo and there being no hand soap – stick some in your bag and save yourself from a bout of Cholera.
4. There’s nothing wrong with putting on your usual amount of make up at a festival. Yes it would be lovely to go au natural, but some of us just feel better with war paint on! Just remember to take it off before you go to sleep. Baby wipes are your friend (see item 3).
5. Invest in a proper camping backpack. If you think taking a suitcase with wheels to a festival is a good idea then you are a fool! There is usually a 1-2 mile walk from the carpark/drop off point to the entrance to the camp-site which is in A FIELD. If you’re camping on salt-flats or concrete then sure, take a suitcase, be my guest! But if you’re festivaling in Britain then do us all a favour and use a rucksack. The world thanks you.
6.. You can never have too many pairs of socks. Knee-highs are my preferred weapon of choice as they also combat the dreaded welly-chafing. I can’t stress enough what a clean pair of socks can do for morale. Also on this point, the only shoes you will ever need for a festival are a solid pair of Wellington boots. Don’t pack those clean white trainers or pretty pumps – nobody has time for that.
7. The forecast may say rain, but take sun cream anyway. Your mother will thank me.
8. This is a strange one but if my experience is anything to go by then take an extra handbag. 3 years on the trot my bag broke and I was left with having to stuff my belongings in other people’s pockets.
9. Make sure your tent is water-proof and have a go at putting it up before the festival. There is nothing worse than struggling with tent poles and tarp when you’ve already walked 10 miles in the mud and you’re gasping for a drink. Do yourself a favour and don’t buy a pop-up tent. It might seem like a great idea but they’re usually not waterproof because they only have 1 layer. You don’t want to wake up in the morning thinking you’ve lost control of your bladder when it’s just your tent leaking.
10. Speaking of tents, buy a bigger one than you think you need. You may only be sharing a tent with one other person but I insist you purchase a tent with at least a 3-man capacity. Save yourselves the embarrassment of waking up in somebody’s arm pit and buy that little bit of extra space as a buffer. Also, a tent with a small entry-way is never a bad thing! No one wants to have a smelly welly digging into their back when trying to get to sleep.
And finally, a bonus one…
11. Pyjamas. For the love of god do not sleep in your clothes! Afford yourself the comfort of sleeping in proper pyjamas at a festival.
Follow the above rules and I can all but guarantee that your festival (or camping trip) will be a successful one.