First Festival? Here's Our Top Tips

Jun 28, 2013, 07:56 ET from Retail Ltd

NOTTINGHAM, England, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Everyone has to experience their first festival at some point and knowing what you need and what to take can be a mind field. However, are on hand to give you the low down on festival tents, camping equipment and how to deal with the festival toilets!

First of all if you have been camping before and expect a festival to be like that then you will be surprised. Unfortunately you cannot park near your car so will have to carry your camping gear quite a distance and unless you have an early bird pass you may have to pitch your tent in a cramped space. For these reasons alone it is best to pack light and take a smaller tent if possible.

Pop-up and 2 man tents are perfect for festivals, with pop-up tents taking mere minutes to put up, so you can start to enjoy the festival straight away! If there is a big group of you going then one large tent, opposed to three or four smaller ones, means you will save on space and you are guaranteed to camp together.

Bearing in mind the distance that you will have to carry your camping equipment it is not always ideal to take airbeds, however a rug or sleeping mat can easily be folded (or squashed) into your rucksack to provide you with slight padding. For this reason it is a good idea to spend a bit more on your sleeping bag to ensure that you are warm and that it is padded.

As most people are aware when it comes to festivals there aren't many showers and after the first day they are known to get quite dingy - unless you're fortunate enough to stay in one of the luxury camping sites. Therefore, it is advised that you take dry shampoo, plenty of baby wipes, face wipes and mouth wash! Although the portable loos do have hand wash and toilet roll they do run out and are not always replaced swiftly, plus you can never be too prepared when it comes to hygiene!

Finally, a rucksack is the ideal luggage to carry all of your essential camping items. Not only do they offer plenty of space but most also have cords where you can attach your sleeping bag or tent for ease of transportation.

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SOURCE Retail Ltd