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Take this stuff and you’ll save the day when camping at UK festivals
Any group of festival-goers has its stereotypical members. The pleasure-seekers who buy one of those instant tents so they can start partying without a single second’s delay, but end up shivering like a drowned rat under a borrowed blanket on the third night, crying out for their mums. Or a little further up the food chain lie those well-meaning, fashion-conscious festivalettes who bring their portable hair crimpers but forget to bring wellies. Or a pillow.
And then there is you. The kind of person who thinks of everything – a festival knight on a white charger (or with a portable phone charger) who has the headache pills, binbags, Jaffa Cakes, spare dry socks, and just the general aura of being a sorted person who’s great to go to festivals with.
So with one swift trip to an outdoor shop, a quick browse of the dizzying array of camping equipment and a half-hour scour of the internet, you’ll be able to soak up the adulation of your friends at the next festival you go to while simultaneously feeling cosy in your tent, and warm from the smugness you radiate.
It’s not going to rain at a British festival, surely? Bring along a couple of these zip-up waterproof wonders and all your group’s precious stuff (including dry clothes) will live to fight another day.
Keep your phones and iPods juiced with one of these battery- or solar-powered gadgets. Remember, getting back to nature with the aid of lots of technology is the way forward.
Headlamp torch or lantern
A headtorch – it’s an indispensable geek-chic accessory for those middle-of-the-night portaloo missions, or just for avoiding tripwire guy ropes in the dark. Plus, when you’re back at your festival base camp discussing bands long into the night, continue the party in camping-lantern light.
Avoid that sun-blistered lobster look and receive endless props by being the one who actually brings the suncream, rather than queuing for half an hour to pay twice the price for it at a festival shop. Plus there’s usually no shade to speak of, so take a hat.
No need to get all Ray Mears about it, but why waste time on a trip to the medical tent for something relatively trivial when you could be watching a band instead? Pack Alka Seltzer, plasters for welly blisters, medicine for upset stomach and pain killers to ensure no one ends up in more discomfort than they have to be.
A tip just for you – banish cold feet forever with stylish snow boots. If they’re designed to keep you warm on the Alpine slopes, they’ll surely be able to handle a mild night in the British countryside.
Two-person Inflatable Loveseat
You’re going to take a seat anyway, so why not take a two-person one? Comes with two built-in drinks holders so you can cosy up with a friend and both give your feet a rest.
Emergency Tent Repair Kit
Torn tents and broken poles courtesy of a staggering reveller are no fun in the rain. Pack a repair kit with glue, flysheet, inner and groundsheet material and a tube to fix your poles, and never more will you need fear the drunken hordes walking uncomfortably close to your tent in the middle of the night.
If you want to be a hero, these are the most essential thing on this list. Unveil with a flourish round about 2am.
If you’re ready to hit the festivals – check out e festivals and their definitive guide to festivalling
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