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Tips for Festival Living

Festivals are a great place to listen to live music, meet up with your friends and generally have a nice chilled out time.  Here at Hippy HQ we love festivals and for many years festivals have been a big piece of my life, I don’t get to nearly as many as I used to but I still have some top tips for spending a week in a tent in a field.

Lets face it tent life isn’t for everyone and although people may love music, alcohol and live bands throw sleeping in a tent into the mix and things can go a little Pete Tong. Festival life is a way of life and so we have compiled a few things that we think will make your festival weekend go a little smoother.

Beer under tent
So its getting really hot in your tent, your precious beer is now the temperature of warm piss and is not very appetising.  You’ll find that under your tent is nice and cool, so just pop your beer under the tent and you will find that although its not fridge cold it does stay a little cooler.  Happy days.

Use toilets early in the morning.
If you need a number two then this ones for you although not all festivals have the same toilet cleaning policy.  Glastonbury was always very good when it came to toilet cleaning, first thing in the morning around 7-8am the toilets got a good clean and sucked out ready for the day ahead, this meant if you timed it right you arrived just as they guys were finishing up.  If you can work out the time they get cleaned then aim for that time every day.

 

Baby wipe bath
What?  You might be asking is a baby wipe bath.  Lets face it for some people the thought of standing in a communal shower is a little on the scary side.  In fact not all festivals even offer the chance to shower so if you are feeling a little dirty then get out those baby wipes and clean those dirty places clean.  Just remember to use organic baby wipes wherever possible as some of these brands are biodegradable and contain natural ingredients as well, so good for your skin and good for the environment.

 

Drink lots of water
When you walk past the first aid tent most of the people who are sitting around in there drank too much alcohol and not enough water.  Its easy to get dehydrated at a festival, its hot, your walking around or dancing, your drinking lots of alcohol and your not drinking water.  Suddenly you don’t feel to good and you end up in the first aid tent.  To be honest this has never happened to me and in the old days I’d drink a fair amount of booze in a day however I always saw people passing out and being carried off in the heat of the day, it amazing how many people don’t think to drink a bit of water every now and again.  Better to keep a couple of water bottles to hand and keep hydrated.

 

Face your tent opening down hill, if it rains you’ll thank me.
Boy this is a good one, the amount of festivals I’ve been to where people face their tent opening up hill, the rain comes down and the water rushes into the tent.  There have been pictures of Glastonbury where people pitch their tent in the wrong direction and had their tent washed away.
Pitching your tent right at the bottom of a hill is also more good advise concerning tent position as the rain water has got to go somewhere and unless gravity has gone all crazy on us this means the water runs down the hill and it quite likely to form a lovely muddy pond.
Don’t forget to put your tent pegs in nice and deep, if you’re on a hill and it rains you don’t want your tent washing down hill, we’ve spoken about gravity already so no need to explain again.

Bag Trolley (not so good in wet weather)
So we I used to take crates of beer in this would have been a great idea, unfortunately my brain wasn’t very well engaged at that point in my life and so I had to carry the damn things.  The amount of bag trolleys you see when you go to a festival is obscene, I really didn’t know so many people had these things lying around waiting for festival season.  I recommend one with big wheels for the muddier times, small wheels get stuck in the mud, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people loading all this weight onto a trolley with tiny wheels and then wondering why it won’t move in the mud, commonsense people, don’t be the numpty that gets stuck in the mud.

Keep Away from the Mud (no really its good advice)
Standing from a safe distance I love watching people playing in the mud at festivals, they always look like they are having so much fun, I almost think it could be a good idea but then my rational mind kicks in and I walk away, happy in the fact I am still dry and clean.  I’m convinced alcohol plays a big part in this thought process of people who jump around in the mud at festivals.  I have come to this conclusion for one very simple reason.  Must sober people would have worked out that after they have had a play in the wet stinky farm mud they’ll have the rest of the festival in freezing wet, muddy clothing.  I don’t really think this runs through the minds of the mud bathers until about 2 hours after when they are freezing their arses off and have finally worked out there are still two days of the festival left.  Don’t get me wrong I’m all for doing silly things, I spent a (very drunk) Reading Festival swimming in the Thames in my clothes due to a spur of the moment decision to jump in with a random stranger,  I gotta say it was very refreshing but it was a hot day and we dried out pretty quickly, mud on the other hand tends to arrive with lots of rain and a cold front so its a no brainier.

Leave the Tech at Home
Don’t take your iPad, laptop of expensive camera equipment, you’ll drop it in the mud (please see above), sit on it, lose it or have it stolen.  Festival are generally friendly places but a tent is not a secure building and even if you do the zip right up people can still get in.  Don’t take anything that you can’t afford to lose or you may regret it.

Take a Look at our Festival Survival Guide – What to take to a Festival