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Festival Camping in the UK
It is springtime and your thoughts turn to a holiday. You may decide to go
festival camping with your family this year. Here are some suggestions to help
make this trip a successful one.
Festival camping trips have become quite popular in recent years. If you like
large crowds and enjoy music and other performing arts troupes, this may be
perfect for your family. Festival camps are generally quite noisy all day and
well into the night; be prepared to sleep less than you might like to. For
this reason, choosing your pitch is very important. Camp stewards should be
able to direct you to zones set aside specifically for families.
Remember that you may be searching for your tent late at night. Be certain to
bring a torch. Spotting your tent can be quite difficult in the daylight and
nearly impossible at night. Some festival campers create their own flag and
place it near their tent. Others decorate their tents with an easily
distinguishable pattern or crest.
Pitching your tent too near the toilets could be a big mistake. It does not
take long for these areas to begin to stink terribly.
Placing a padlock on your tent when you are away from it is an invitation to
thieves. It is a canvas tent. Getting past a lock is easy. The lock just
advertises that you have something of value inside. If you canít afford to
lose it, you should leave it at home. If you bring it anyway, donít leave it
in your tent. Ask a steward if there is a lockup available for you to rent
whilst you are there.
Something every festival camper should not be without is a tube of sun cream.
If the sun doesnít cooperate, rain ponchos for all family members should be
Check with the festival organisers or their website to find out if your gas or
petrol stove is allowed. If not, plan on bringing a supply of firewood. At
many of the festivals, especially the larger ones, food vans are set up. The
choices range from burgers to vegetarian foods.
Of course, the typical camping supplies (tent, sleeping bags, first aid kits,
wet wipes) are important as well. Hopefully, these tips will help make your
festival camping trip enjoyable and safe.
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