1.Grab a good tent!
When it comes to tents, you need to make sure yours is big enough, and that it’s properly waterproofed. While a 2-man tent will comfortably fit two people in sleeping bags, you’re also going to need space for everything you’re bringing with you. A bigger tent will have extra room for your gear, plus you’ll avoid the inevitable elbow to the face you’re likely to get in a tent that’s too small.
With regards to waterproofing it might sounds obvious, but you’ll want your tent to keep the rain out – there’s nothing worse than a soggy sleeping bag. Fortunately, even if your tent is getting a little long in the tooth, you can ensure that you and your belongings stay dry by reproofing your leaky tent with Fabsil. Fabsil’s Universal Protector Liquid is perfect for restoring the waterproof finish of your tent, your umbrella, or your rucksack to its original performance – saving you from wasting money on a new one.
2.Make sure you’re pitch perfect!
Once you’ve got your tent – and reproofed it with Fabsil - you need to pick your spot carefully. If you can, try and land a spot near something recognisable – there’s nothing worse than walking around for hours trying to remember where you’re pitched. While you’re at it, try and stay away from the toilets, too - it might seem like a good idea at first, but they’re going to acquire that funky, familiar, festival-toilet-smell pretty quickly. You might also take a moment to consider staying away from paths and roads… unless you enjoy being woken up by people talking far too loudly as they pass by!
3.Pack right, and keep dry!
Lets face it – no matter how much you hope for a bit of sun, it’s more than likely to chuck it down the entire time you’re at a festival. That doesn’t mean you need to sit in damp wellies and a drenched jacket all day though! Granger’s Clothing Repel is great for making sure your jackets are waterproofed, whilst still allowing them to breathe. If you’re more interested in keeping your rucksack or your footwear water-resistant, Fabsil Universal Protector is the perfect product for you – it’s designed to replicate the original finish manufacturers apply in the factory so that your stuff doesn’t end up clogged with water! If your clothing and shoes are drier, they’re also lighter – which means they’re more comfortable to sit in, period. Granger’s even sell an odour eliminator if your wellies are crying out for attention – and if you’re anything like us, you’ll definitely need this as the weekend progresses!
4.Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
One of the most important things to bear in mind whilst you’re rocking out at a festival is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. If the weather treats you right and it’s hot, it’s super-important to keep hydrated: heat-related injuries, dehydration, and even hyperthermia are all sure-fire ways to ruin your weekend. Even if the weekend is more typically British – we’re talking mud, rain, and fluorescent wellies – make sure you’re drinking plenty of water – we want your tents and jackets to repel water, not you! There are usually filling stations dotted about to top up your water bottle, too, so there’s no excuse to go thirsty!
5.Let’s talk torches…
While your mobile phone is sure to have a torch app of some description, it’s definitely worth bringing a separate torch to any festival (or to any other overnight camping you do). Not only will your phone’s battery be battered by the endless selfies, snapchats, and tweets you’re bound to be sending – and hopefully you’ll send some to us at via Twitter and Facebook - constantly whipping your phone out is a sure-fire way to lose it. Instead, buy a small torch – a wind-up one is perfect since you won’t need to bring any batteries – and carry it with you throughout the day. That way your phone can stay safely in your pocket – and if you’ve proofed your jacket with Fabsil or Granger’s, it’ll stay dry whatever the weather!
Finally, the whole point of going to a festival is to have a great time, to listen to some great music, and maybe discover something new. While we could list a hundred and one other tips to see you through your weekend, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself. Pick out a few of your favourite bands, let your hair down, and see what the weekend brings! Remember, you can buy both Fabsil Universal Protector and Granger’s Performance Repelfrom us at www.grangers.co.uk, so that you can prepare your tent, boots, and jackets before your festival trip – and if you have any tips you’d like to share, feel free to drop us a comment on Facebook, or mention it on our Twitter feed!
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