A faff-free festival experience is something we can really get behind, here at cinch. Festivals can be a lot of fun, but they’re also testing at times when you’re out in the elements with limited access to facilities. We’ve put together a collection of our favourite tips for having a smooth festival experience, so you can make the most of your summer adventures. Just call us the Bear Grylls of the festival world.
1. Bring your spare car key and store it separately
There’s a high chance of losing something at a festival, but don’t let it be your car key! If you do misplace your main keys, having your spare tucked away somewhere else will mean you’ll still be able to get back on the road and head home.
2. Separate each festival outfit into its own bag
If you take an extra minute to bag-up your outfits individually, you’ll never be scrambling around in your luggage trying to find something to wear each day. You can also pack it back up in the same bag once you’ve finished wearing it, so you won’t get your dirty and clean clothes confused.
3. Take a back-up phone just in case
Look, we aren’t saying you should splurge on something brand-new for the sake of having two phones, but a back-up option is never a bad idea at a festival. You can grab a classic Nokia brick for cheap, or you could repurpose that older model you forgot to trade-in after your last upgrade, as having an extra means of communication tucked away for emergencies is a great way to stay safe and connected.
4. …and set your phone lock screen as a list of contact numbers in case you do lose it
Having contact numbers of the friends you’re with at the festival on your lock screen will mean anyone who finds a lost phone will know who to call. You can also add details like a check-in point they can hand the phone into, so you’d know which one to go and check first (saves you wandering around checking them all!).
5. Opt for a disposable camera to capture your festival memories
We’re all so used to taking photos on our phone, we rarely think about the other options. A disposable camera allows you to take photos without worrying about your phone battery, and you’ll get the added surprise of a final reveal when you get to have them developed. Plus, you’ll be less upset about losing or breaking a disposable than you would your phone!
6. Finding the best camping spot.
If you’re too close to the venue you’ll constantly be disturbed by other festival goers trampling back to their tent, but set-up too far away and you’ll have a long trek ahead of you. Settle for somewhere in the middle, and get there early to set-up camp so you won’t be squashed into one tight spot.
7. Treat yourself to inflatable seating
So, they’re a bit of a hassle to blow up, but inflatable chairs usually take up less space than folding seats. You can go all out with an inflatable sofa and then just fold it up and shove it in the car at the end of your trip. They’re super comfy and will add a retro vibe to your campsite.
8. Wear a head-torch as a necklace
If you choose to wear your headtorch around your neck, you’ll find it lights your path in the dark without needing to stare at the floor as it will already be point downwards. You can also wear it as a wrist accessory until you really need it, so it’s not taking up extra space in your bag.
9. Mark your camp territory with a flag
This is a quick and easy hack that you’ll be grateful for at the end of the night – put your own camp flag on your tent so you know where you’re going. Ever lost your car in carpark? Well, imagine that but there’s hundreds of other identical cars and all of your belongings and bed is inside. Get crafty and make your own flag to guide you back safely –future you will be grateful.
10. And finally, wear your wristband on your non-dominant hand…
Without going into too much detail, your dominant hand is the one you’ll likely be using for all kinds of dirty jobs whilst you’re camping, so putting your wrist band on your non dominant hand will keep it cleaner for longer. This is especially important when navigating those infamous portaloos. Trust us on this one, you’ll be thanking us later.
A faff-free festival experience with our #cinchit tips
If you’d like to learn more of our favourite tips for surviving festivals this summer, you can check out our guide to packing up your car and getting ready to go. Whilst you’re dancing the days and nights away, we’ll be here in the cinch office waiting to see the photos. Hey, at least we have running water…