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Hints & Tips

Get Festival Ready with Preloved!

Backpacks at the ready, festival season is fast approaching! Whether you’re going to Glasto, Latitude, Leeds or a local festival event – you’re going to need a few essentials to get you through the days spent in a field… Exposed to the elements, with the risk of rain and mud, you’re definitely going to want to ensure that you are prepared for the best and the worst of the great British weather. Preloved want to help make sure that you’re set for anything when it comes to enjoying your time at a festival this season, so here’s our guide to getting festival ready this season!

Get Set for Less with Second Hand Camping Gear

First things first, you’re going to need something to keep your belongings in and sleep in for the weekend. There’s a great range of tents here on the Preloved camping section to choose from. Whether you want to take a 2 man tent for yourself and a friend, or go for something bigger so you can host a few drinks when the erratic weather turns in to showers, you’re certain to find a quality tent at a discounted price away from the high street here on Preloved.

But which design of tent will you go for? Whilst pop up tents can be the quickest and easiest way to set up camp for the weekend, they can be a little hit and miss when it comes to durability and protecting you from the rain due to them often being single skinned. If you do opt for a pop up tent, ensure that none of your belongings are touching the sides, as this will draw the water in and you’ll end up just as wet on the inside of the tent as it is on the outside. If you’re planning to attend many festivals and events using the same tent, you might want to invest in a higher quality design to ensure that it’s durable enough to see you through the years.

If you’re lucky enough to be at a festival or camping during a warmer weekend, then remember that these sunny temperatures during the day do drop still during the night. Be sure that your sleeping back incubates as much heat as possible to avoid waking up shivering during the night and don’t forget a foam sleeping matt can make all the difference when, well, sleeping on the ground! If you’re feeling extra luxurious, you might want to invest in an air bed, which can be easily packed away in between uses.

Food and Drink at Festivals

Many festivals don’t allow glass bottles to be taken on to the campsite, alongside a few other rules and restrictions to ensure that everyone stays as safe as possible. This means that you may want to decant any liquids which come in glass in to a flask or plastic bottle instead. The more seasoned camper might want to take their own little camping stove to rustle up some gourmet eats. Well, we say gourmet, but we mean something like noodles made with hot water – which does turn out to be quite a luxurious treat on day 3 of life in a field! Other food items you will want to include in your festival food packing will be dried fruit, cereal bars, crisps and perhaps a few energy drinks to keep you going. Remember, the warmth of your tent in the day time may cause some foods to spoil, so go for non-perishable food which doesn’t require refrigeration. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day and save yourself a little bit of money by taking a refillable water bottle. Many campsites will have access to running water for you to freshen up and quench your thirst when you need it.

Other Considerations…

Don’t forget that despite aiming to party hard all weekend, you will need some beauty sleep at some point! Remember to pack some foam ear plugs to ensure you can get a bit of shut eye in peace for a few hours. You’ll also want to remember your WELLIES – one of the most important festival essentials!! There’s nothing worse than wading through the mud and leaving a shoe behind, we can tell you that from first hand experience. Other essentials come in the form of wet wipes, antibacterial hand gel and your sunglasses (you know, just in case the sun does show it’s face!)

When camping at festivals, there are many things to take in to account, but we hope our tips to help you to get festival ready help! If you’re looking for more hints and tips, check out our camping hacks blog post here to find out more.

Liv Serrage

Liv Serrage

Writer and expert

Liv writes the newsletters and looks after the Preloved social media community, hunting out the quirkiest, most beautiful items on site just for you! As an English Language and Literature graduate from the University of Oxford, Liv is passionate about all things fictional, bookish and creative. In her spare time, she loves to go to gigs and scour vintage and charity shops for one off items!