The festival survival guide

The festival survival guide

Festival first-timers, it pays to be prepared

For music fans, festivals are a no-brainer chance to catch bands live, but sleeping under canvas in the middle of a field can be a daunting prospect – especially if the British weather has anything to do with it. However, if you kit yourself out with all of the right equipment, your weekend will be far more luxurious. Here are the essentials that’ll keep you warm, dry and comfortable.

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Glastonbury bellsSleep tight

When it comes to camping equipment, it's worth spending a little more to get a quality product that's going to withstand whatever the British weather throws at it. After a long day partying, there's nothing worse than returning to a soggy sleeping bag and that's why your choice of tent is so important. Vango is a great mid-range brand that offers a superior choice of durable, spacious and easy-packing tents – try the Beta 350XL for a roomy two-person stay.

<p>To keep toasty, opt for a three-season sleeping bag like the Haglöfs Tarius 5, which compresses into a small stuff sack and will keep you warm on the coldest summer nights. Being elevated off the ground is key to maintaining warmth and the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite mat is at the forefront of technology. It's so comfortable you could easily forget you're sleeping in the middle of a field, especially if you increase the levels of luxury with a memory foam pillow from Outwell.

Camping stoveEat well

Dodgy burger vans have been replaced with artisanal food stalls at most festivals, so there's less need to waste valuable party time cooking back at base camp. However, you should never underestimate the restorative powers of boiling up a brew and sizzling some bacon in the morning. There's a mind-boggling amount of choice out there, from high-tech burners to simple folding stoves, but we swear by the lightweight Primus Mimer stove, which is compatible with a wide variety of gas. For more stability and faster boiling times, try the slightly bulkier Campingaz Bistro 300.

Again, you don't want the elements to ruin your cook-up, so check whether the festival allows gazebos and, if so, bring an awning to make sure you can whip up a bacon sandwich come rain or shine. Every good camping chef needs a Swiss Army knife and the Victorinox EvoWood is a beautiful reinvention of a classic.

Festival crowdKeep dry

Even if the weather forecast is predicting blistering sunshine for the entire weekend, we'd recommend packing your waterproofs – yearly pictures of revellers caked head-to-toe in mud prove that the British weather rarely plays ball. If conditions turn apocalyptic, you'll want something you can trust like the Berghaus Arran jacket or the women's Arroyo jacket – both are dripping in technical features and will effortlessly squeeze into a day bag.

When the sun goes down and temperatures plummet, it's handy to have a lightweight down jacket in your bag too. No brand does it better than Patagonia, and the Nano Puff hooded jacket is incredibly warm considering its size.

It goes without saying that you'll need a pair of wellies and even if they stay in the porch of the tent all weekend, it's better to be safe than sorry. Forget the bog-standard green gumboots – Hunter has turned the humble Wellington boot into a must-have fashion accessory. As well as its range of multicoloured footwear, the company has expanded its collection to include bags, coats, umbrellas and much more. You can enjoy 20% off all products online with our exclusive discount code ►

Festival stagesGet technical

We've all got hazy memories of sundown gigs and late-night shenanigans, but if you'd rather opt for a more reliable method of capturing the moment, why not splash out on the latest GoPro? The Hero5 Session packs an incredible number of features into its tiny casing and the 10 megapixel camera can shoot high-definition video, time-lapse photographs, night shots and wide-angle pictures.

If you'd rather rely on your mobile phone’s camera, avoid the queues for the charge point with this lightweight portable power pack from GoPro. Two USB points mean it’s ideal for a couple and will charge both phones at least twice during the weekend.

When you're back home and re-living the weekend, listening to all the new bands and DJs you discovered, it pays to have a decent pair of headphones and the Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 will recreate stadium sound with incredible clarity and well-balanced bass. As an added bonus, you will receive 25% off all headphones and Bluetooth speakers purchased online ►

Last updated on 31 May 2017


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