Festival survival guide

Festival season is finally here and it’s going to be glorious. Having a bunch of friends, fun and music in the sunshine can also bring the odd camping catastrophe. We’ve all been there (or heard the stories). We’re here to help get you sorted.

Set your own stage

Think of your camping situation: it’s likely you’ll be one tent in a sea of tents all camping in a designated area away from the main festival. A flag or solar lights is a good idea to make your camp easily recognisable when you’re finding your way back in the dark.  

Between your tents, it’s a good idea to set up a common area where you and your friends can chill, get ready and share a meal away from the hectic festival. A gazebo for shade is a must. 

A common one often forgotten, is a hammer and extra tent pegs so make sure you pack these when packing your tent and gazebo.

Don’t forget folding camp chairs and a table .You’ll want to make this area homely and fun with an esky for cold drinks, rugs, games, and a bluetooth speaker.

Gazebo and camp chair

Festival essentials

A few extra blankets for those chilly evenings are ones that should be added to your list when packing for your festival trip. Consider a padlock for your tent to keep valuables safe, and get multiple keys cut or opt for a combination lock. 

Your skin is going to need sun protection as chances are, you will be outside in the elements all day. A good quality sunscreen is a must to avoid nasty burns. 

Another useful item to pack is a portable charger to charge your phone or any electronic goods that needs a quick charge. 

Lastly, make sure you bring car jumper leads – inevitably someone will have left their lights on when you’re all packed up and ready to go!

Before you go

Get a check list with your friends and carpool or convoy together. Consider all chipping in and stopping on the way to pick up some food and any last minuet items to avoid doubling up on things and don't forget to drop by your local Bunnings to pick up your festival essentials.

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