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MUSIC FESTIVAL CAMPING: DOS AND DON’TS

Camping at a music festival is a rite of passage for most teenagers and young adults. Immersing yourself in the experience and camping is a great excuse to unwind, spend time with friends and easily access the festival. I am a music festival addict. Sipping on lukewarm beer and shouting to my friends over the sound of electric guitars and snare drums is the highlight of my year. If this is your first-time festival camping, there are some things you should know.

DO SPRUCE UP YOUR CAMPSITE

Part of the fun is decorating your campsite. Make it welcoming, invite your neighbours over for some beers. An enticing and interesting campsite will bring the fun to you.

DON’T BRING ANYTHING THAT YOU AREN’T PREPARED TO LOSE

Festivals have claimed 3 phones of mine so far. Whether it’s freak thunderstorms or neighbours with sticky hands, things at festivals get lost. Don’t bring anything that would ruin your experience if it went missing.

DO BRING A SMALL DISPOSABLE BARBEQUE OR STOVE TO MAKE FOOD

Check the festival regulations, some are reluctant to let camping stoves into the camping area. But if they permitted, bring something to cook on. The food trucks are always a ripoff and having cooking facilities is a great way to save money.

DO BRING A POP-UP TENT

This will save you heaps of time when you arrive and everyone is struggling with poles and pegs. If you are planning on taking it home, you might want to study the instructions of how to put it down beforehand. What they have in ease of construction, they lack in deconstruction. Some festivals have places where you can donate your tent to homeless charities after the festival closes, so leaving it at the site is always an option. A dome tent is always the best option.

DO BRING WET WIPES

The holy grail of festival camping, wet wipes take on a value of mystical proportions when you haven’t showered for three days.

DO WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR

You are going to be standing and watching live music all day, throwing yourself around and dancing like a mad person. Wear appropriate footwear.

DO INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS

Aside from being a great way to meet people right off the bat and get into the festival spirit, if your neighbours know who you are and which tent is yours, they can help keep an eye on your stuff. If they know your face and see a stranger going into your tent they might save you from being robbed.

DO BRING A BANDANA

The festival air is often full of dust. Protect your lungs with a bandana around your mouth if it becomes too much.

DO BRING A SOLAR POWERED CHARGER

When half your mates want to see the Strokes and the other half want to rave it up in the dance tent, you will need a phone to meet up again. The last thing you want is to be out of battery and waste time waiting in prearranged areas because they lost track of time at Tame Impala.

 


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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.