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by Eleanor Healing (subscribe)
I'm a student currently living in Leeds.
Published August 25th 2013
Festivals: they only come once a year, so be prepared
It's festival season, and as a lover of these events, I thought I would give my list of hints, tips, and what I was I had been told before I set out for my first festival!

Mud is a very typical feature of festivals


Clothes: keep it simple

By 'simple', I mean the three basics: shorts, t-shirt and wellies. Pack as many spare changes of underwear and thick socks as you can; also, a cagoule or waterproof poncho on hand can prove to be a lifesaver.

Don't wear or even bring jewellery or make-up (except for an old watch and a splash of rave-paint), as these aren't essential for trekking around muddy fields and getting lost in mosh-pits.

Wellies are essential, I once saw a poor child calf-height in mud, wearing Crocs! Walking boots and trainers don't quite cut it either.

Wet-wipes: very important

Never use festival showers. If you need to get clean, stock up with as many packets of wet-wipes as you can. It will prevent you from becoming and stinky/muddy as your peers at the end of the weekend.

Always have some spare cash hidden away

Festival prices are pretty extortionate, and the available cash machines will have a charge to withdraw. Pack up cereal bars, water and chocolate (or anything else you know you might fancy), and ensure you have enough cash to buy the things you want (official t-shirts, burgers and beer). Head out to the campsite supermarket in the evening/night time if you fancy cooking your own food (the supermarkets will be less busy during the evenings).

No valuables unattended in the tent

Leave things like spare clothes in the tent during the day time; take your phone, wallet, camera, family jewels etc with you when you head out to see the bands.

Most importantly

Enjoy yourself, stay safe, and remember: festival season comes only once a year!
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