As the weather gets warmer, we move into the festival season. For many people, this is the highlight of their summer and a real chance to kick back from the pressures of work and to relax and have fun with friends. There are some world-famous festivals on offer in the UK, such as Glastonbury, Download, and V Festival. Glastonbury was first held in 1970, the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix.
According to the Guardian, 120,000 tickets were sold for last year’s event. Enjoyable as summer festivals can be, there are certainly a few tips that first-timers should be aware of to ensure that the experience is an enjoyable one.
Be Prepared For the Weather
One of the most important factors in keeping comfortable is to be prepared for all eventualities when it comes to the weather. Whatever the forecast may say, make sure that you bring appropriate clothing for adverse conditions, including wellies and warm protective clothing. Unprepared festival-goers have even been struck down with trench foot in the past. Comfortable, stout footwear such as proper walking boots will be invaluable as there will be more distance to cover than you may expect. Equally, the weather could just be warm and sunny, so it is absolutely vital to pack plenty of sun cream.
Be Aware Of Security
Unfortunately, whenever large numbers of people come together, there will always be a minority who will take advantage. According to ITV, the main problem at the Download festival is normally theft from tents. It is advisable to keep valuables and money on your person in a secure bag and although there is a party atmosphere which often involves a few drinks, it is important not to overindulge and keep your wits about you. As well as the potential for theft from tents, be on the alert for the possibility of pickpockets.
Keeping Clean and Fresh
It is unlikely that you will have much opportunity to have a proper wash during the few days that you spend at a festival. It is possible to work around this by way of some judicious packing. Deodorant wipes and dry hair shampoo can help to make the whole experience more comfortable and enjoyable for all.
Eating Well At Festivals
As mentioned above, a festival is often a time when people let their hair down and partake in a few drinks. This makes it even more important than usual to stay hydrated and eat well. Festivals present an opportunity to eat a different cuisine at every meal; from burgers to Jamaican and Thai food, the variety on offer is mind-boggling. The sheer scale of the catering at the big festivals means that there is a huge need for commercial refrigeration.
In summary, attending a major festival can be an amazing experience. Just make sure to be well prepared and you should be sure to have fun.