A blonde guide to hammock camping
Blonde Two, Fi Darby, answers your questions on the ins and outs of hammock camping.
First time camping at a festival? No worries. Try our helpful guide to surviving camping at festivals.
Camping makes up an essential part of the festival experience. For the few days that you are there your campsite is your bathroom (although ideally not toilet!), your bedroom and your kitchen. If you have never camped before, the fun and camaraderie of living with fellow festival goers makes this the perfect place to start.
Whilst you don’t need to go to Ray Mears’ level of preparation, there are some easy ways to help make your outdoors experience a little more comfortable and keep you a happy camper.
Try out your tent: We’d recommend getting a tent that is quick and easy to pitch as you won’t want to waste too much time when you get there. Camping space at festivals can be restricted so check the rules before you go. You don’t want to take a six or eight man tent for two people as you’re likely to upset some people!
Check your sleeping bags: Most people don’t really use sleeping bags that often, leaving them festering in cupboards or garages. Get your sleeping bag out before you go and give it an airing or even treat yourself and wash it.
Plan some meals: Let’s be honest, in the excitement of the forthcoming festival you are unlikely to be thinking about sensible things (like camping food) and instead applying yourself to finding the best deals on booze. And whilst this may sound good now, you’ll soon get tired of paying £8 for a mediocre burger.
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It doesn’t matter how big the festival you’re planning on attending is, you will still be living in the middle of a field for a number of days. This means no electricity, hot water or convenience stores. We’ve put together a list of gear that can help you survive your weekend away.
Can you think of anything else that is a festival essential? Let us know in the comments.