So, it’s summer, which means no school, no college, no worrying about homework or assignments or referencing. It also means it’s the start of festival season. It could be your 1st festival or your 74th but sometimes it’s handy to have something there to guide you along the way. Now this guide will be aimed towards camping festivals (such as Electric Picnic) but you can take bits and pieces from it for day festivals as it will be relevant
Let’s get down to business, you need a lot of stuff for camping at a festival and you might not even know it or you might just forget. Last year I went to Electric Picnic and brought no camp chair (and let me tell you it’s a long 3 days sitting on your bum) and even forgot silly things like toilet paper and bin bags. I thought I knew it all and wouldn’t listen to advice from my mam (and as we know, Irish mammies are always right). So, you don’t end up forgetting everything and on the other end you don’t bring everything and your kitchen sink, here’s my little essential list of what to bring;
An obvious one yes, but don’t just bring what you plan to wear to the festival, remember you must come home too and you will want comfortable clothes for night time when it gets a bit colder. Tracksuit bottoms and a Hoodie are essential in my opinion and just remember, it’s a long 3 days and comfort is key.
Remember you’re more than likely going to be in a field in Ireland (where it rains most of the year) so unfortunately though €120 runners are going to be destroyed in muck by the end of the first day and you may not care at the time, but you certainly will when you want to wear them after. Everyone wears wellies and more than likely you’ll find a cute pair to go with your outfits! And anyways, I’ve heard the farmer look is the look of the season for Summer/Autumn 2018.
Toothbrush, Toothpaste, the travel size mouthwashes are the best investment you can make for a festival, deodorant, MULTIPLE packets of baby wipes. Also, if you wear makeup, do not bring your most expensive pallets and anything that is easily broken or destroyed. Accidents happen, and you don’t want to spend 3 days devastated over that brand-new eyeshadow pallet being destroyed.
A camp chair, a cheap one for 10 euro, you’ll realistically probably end up leaving it there anyways, a sleeping bag, an inflatable pillow, mats for the ground, a tent (kind of essential).
5 Bin Bags
For your rubbish at your campsite, for dirty clothes, for sticking on the inside of your tent if it rains. They have so many uses, and you’ll be glad of them.
If you’re going to bring alcohol and the festival allows it, it’s usually cheaper to bring it rather than buy it there. Just make sure you check about the restrictions and how much you can bring with you for the weekend.
Breakfast bars, chocolate, rice cakes, etc. and bottles of Lucozade/water. So important just to make sure you’re getting sugar into you and you’re not going hours on end without eating.
Most festivals are over 18 and you more than likely will be checked.
Can be bought in any chemist. Drink one of these when you’re back and the hangover will not be as bad the next day. Same as lifeline (also can be bought in any chemist) really so either is a good idea.
A speaker, a torch and power bank. We bought the best one ever for 15 Euro in Euro Giant last year, it charged two phones to full power every day and only went dead Sunday evening, there charging stations available at most festivals also.
There’s usually limited ATM’s at festivals and when there is, you’ll usually be waiting ages to use them.
12 A rain poncho
We live in Ireland and more than likely it will rain.
Or on the complete opposite end of the stick, it might not rain, and it will be sunny, and you will not want to be burnt and look like a drum stick lolly.
Some advice for getting the most out of your weekend
The first day, you’re going to be up early, you want to be in the place before 9am to get a decent place to put up your tent etc. If you need a nap, have one, gather all your pals, pop into that tent, have a big cuddle and sleep for an hour. It’s a long day and you might not actually sleep until 3/4 am and then you’ll be up early the next day too. There is no shame if you need to take an hour to have a sleep.
Eat something in the morning, before you drink and make sure you keep eating throughout the day. It’s easy to forget to eat (hence why I said to bring snacks etc.) and you will feel it the next morning or even while you’re drinking. And make sure to stay hydrated.
Make sure you have your phone on you always and make sure it’s charged. It’s a big place, it’ll be easy to get lost so just make sure you’re reachable if that does happen.
Stay with your pals. As my mam always says, you came together, stay together.
Download the stage areas and the times of the different artist, so then you can plan the day.
Okay you’re going to be spending 4 full days together, you and your pals are going to get sick of each other BUT if you all are going to get narky and tired this is what you’re going to do: Have a nap, have 5 minutes away from each other, just chat to someone else. 4 full days is a lot to spend with any person, but it’s natural to get tired or annoyed, just take five to yourself and you’re fine.
My last piece of advice for this is going to be a little cringe but bear with me. You are in a prime age in your life where you can be carefree, you can go to festivals, sing along to your favourite artists with your friends, drink warm cans at 11 o clock in the morning and sit up chatting till all hours in the morning in some field in Ireland. You won’t be able to do this forever, do it while you can. There will be plenty of time to be an adult and worry about things but for now, go to festivals, wear as much glitter as you can, sing in your worst voice, take pictures, spend time with your favourite people. You won’t get to these things forever. Enjoy them while you can. Festivals are for forgetting about your worries and just having fun.