A First-timer’s Guide to Festival Camping
From remembering wet wipes to securing the tent, there’s an art to experiencing a music festival. Below, we’ve compiled five tips to help you navigate the challenges (heat, dehydration, no bathrooms) with ease.
Cozy Up Your Campsite
Invest in some rugs and a tarp or blanket to put outside your tent. After properly securing your tent, take the extra time to stake it in with LED lights. This will help prevent any late-night slip-ups and make it easier to find your spot in the crowd.
Fuel Up Wisely
Muscle Milk and protein drinks are great for meals on the go. They pack all the nutrients you need without the inconvenience of cooking. It’s also wise to stock up on dehydrated drink packs — they’re a lightweight way to refresh yourself.
Keep Dirt at Bay
Festivals are notoriously filthy, so remember to pack an extra set of clothes for the ride home. Store your spare outfit in Ziploc baggies to keep it clean while you’re at the festival. Experts also advise storing a spare pair of flip-flops to wear around the campsite, and placing rugs inside the tent can help trap dirt.
Invest in the Right Accessories
Before you go, spring for a few battery-operated fans you can hang up around your tent to keep you cool. And don’t underestimate the value of headlamps — they’ll save your life during late-night bathroom runs.
Two Words: Safety Pins
You never know when your outfit or tent may rip. Stock up in case of emergencies!
Andrea Kasprzak is a writer. She's fascinated by the imagination, folklore and fantasy, the healing power of art, and finding magic in the mundane. Her playbook, Imagination Transforms Everything, is forthcoming this spring from Seal Press/Hachette Book Group.
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