Pitching a tent and making a new home for a few days is an essential part of the festival experience. It’s where the magic starts each day and where it ends. Getting your camp set-up right from day one can make the difference between taking home the best memories ever and ones you might prefer to forget. You don’t need to be a seasoned pro or ultimate survivalist to make a great camp, far from it, camping at festivals is really easy. It just takes a little bit of preparation and a few camp rules to get it right.
Festival Camping: The Do’s and Don’ts
This guide includes all of our favourite tips and advice to do with festival camping. If it’s your first time going to a music festival, it’s worth having a read of our music festival checklist to make sure you come prepared.
CAMP DO’S ✔
Research your pitch
At some of the larger festivals, there are fields upon fields to pitch in, each with their own vibe and feel. Have a read through to about the different areas before you get there.
Get there early
The best spaces get snapped up quickly. If you’re going in a group and need a fair amount of space, it’s a good idea for one person to get there early to reserve a decent spot.
Pitch in a circle
Groups are best off pitching their tents in a circle with the doors all facing each other. This way you can chat, and it helps prevent other campers wading through and kicking over the beer (you only just opened).
Introduce yourself to your neighbours. It’s a festival – everyone’s there for a good time. Plus they might be able to lend you something you have forgotten.
CAMP DON’T’S ❌
Make a bonfire without checking
Some festivals allow bonfires, most don’t. You don’t want to get chucked off the site. Check with a steward before you light up.
Pitch near the toilets or hedges
The toilets will, at some point, smell awful. There’s no point worrying about it. It’s an unavoidable part of festival life. And the hedges, at some point, will be used as toilets. You’re best avoiding camping near either.
Pitch on a hill
This is never a good idea. You will be uncomfortable and all the blood will rush to one end of your body.
Tips For Festival Camping
TENT: Tips & Advice
Choose the correct size
Squeezing three people into a two-man tent might sound cosy and even like a good laugh, but it won’t be. Not after the first twenty-four hours anyway. Check that he dimensions of your tent will fit any airbeds you intend to take.
Follow the golden rule of ownership and pitch before you go
This rule should not be overlooked. The second time pitching is always so much easier than the first. Plus a pre-festival pitch gives you the chance to check you aren’t missing any bits.
If you need to carry your tent on public transport look for a smaller, lightweight option like a pop up tent. And if you have a small car, check the tents fit in the boot (preferably before the morning of the festival).
Make a flag, a banner, adorn the sides in Day-Glo paint or buy a helium balloon. At two in the morning looking into a field of tents can be like staring into the abyss. You will be very pleased with your makeshift flag efforts when the time comes to it.
Ready For Your Next Music Festival?
Whether it’s Glastonbury or Kendal Calling, if you’re still preparing for your next music festival, visit our festival shop to buy all of the essentials, including waterproof ponchos, festival clothing and camping equipment.
PACKING: Tips & Advice
Rain Macs and Bikinis
Bags and Bags
You really can never have enough plastic bags at a festival. They’re handy for rubbish, wet clothes, dirty clothes, muddy wellies. Everything.
Baby wipes are your best friend. And so is toilet roll. Make sure you pack plenty. And girls if you are worried about messy hair, take a hat or headband and hide it away. It’s also worth packing bottled water for brushing your teeth.
Great Grandma’s Gold
Avoid taking fancy watches or expensive family heirlooms. If they get broken or lost, you will be annoyed with yourself. The same goes for brand new trainers and clothes. You’re there to let your hair down – you don’t want to waste time worrying about getting mucky.