Getting ready for this summer’s big festivals

This is the perfect time of year for festival lovers. Temperatures are climbing and some of the world’s best known music events are set to take place. If you’re planning to head off to festivals this summer, these top tips could help you prepare.

Do your research

It’s now easier than ever to buy festival tickets online. You can head to websites such asGigantic to check out what’s available. However, don’t stop at simply purchasing your ticket. In the run up the events, make sure you do some research about the acts performing. If you’re not familiar with some of them, now’s the time to get to know their songs.

While you can still lap up the atmosphere of festivals without knowing all the acts, it’s much more enjoyable if you do.

Get the right equipment

Don’t leave your packing until the last minute. If you do, you’re bound to forget things and you might discover that you don’t even own some of the items you need.

Of course, if you’re staying overnight at festivals, you’ll need a tent. Try to find one that’s easy to put up and take down, and there’s no point in spending lots of money on it. To make your night’s kip a little more comfortable, it’s worth taking a foam mat. These are compact and can make a big difference, especially if you’re staying for more than one night. You’ll need a sleeping bag too.

It’s also worth taking some hand sanitizer. This might seem over the top, but it can be difficult getting anywhere near a sink at busy festivals.

Other items that should make it into your bag include some spare clothes, a waterproof coat, drinking water, a torch, toothbrush and toothpaste and a towel. If it’s likely to be muddy, make sure you pack some rubber boots as well. Walking around with wet feet for days on end isn’t much fun.

Charge your phone

Remember to charge your phone before you set off. This will help ensure you can keep in touch with your friends at the event. Although many festivals now have stalls where you can leave your mobile to be charged for a fee, there can be long queues for this service.

Keep your money safe

Leaving your money in your tent is a big no no. Instead, make sure you keep your cash on you at all times. It helps if you have clothes with secure, zip pockets. If you want to be extra safe, you can even use padded garments and cut through a layer to create a hiding place for your money.

Relax and enjoy

Once you’ve got yourself prepped for the big event, it’s time to relax and enjoy it. After setting up your tent, you can finally get into the party mood. Festivals offer the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and unwind.

What could be better than some fresh air and great music – and you’ll enjoy the experience all the more if you’re properly prepared.

 

 

 

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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