If your festival survival kit consists only of beer, spare pants and a pair of sunglasses, you really should check out this list of 5 festival camping essentials to make your festival experience that much easier.
This may seem like a strange one, but packing a roll of bin bags into your festival kit will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Other than their obvious use the humble bin bag can also act as a stand-in poncho, groundsheet or picnic blanket and can even be employed if necessary in the temporary repair of your tent. Or alternatively save yourself some time and buy an Argos Value PVC poncho.
Don't forget that that they can also be used as a place to put the rubbish from around your tents before you leave - like any good festival-goer should.
A head torch, of the style usually used in orienteering or trekking, is another vital bit of kit that you may want to consider investing in.
There are also lots of other camping lights and torches to choose from, however a head torch frees up both your hands to allow you to cook in the dark easily, find your wallet in the depths of your pitch black tent, or safely use the portaloos in the middle of the night.
If you are a festival virgin then you may not be aware of the camping arrangements you are about to experience. Finding your tent amongst the sea of thousands of identical tents is never an easy task. Add to this darkness, rain and a few drinks and you will discover that finding your tent is near impossible.
Fashion yourself a flag and flagpole before you leave for the festival and you will save yourself many hours of searching for your tent that could be better spent enjoying the music on offer.
Thanks to the often inclement British weather, preparing for wet conditions is a vital part of your pre-festival planning. Although this might seem like an obvious suggestion, the amount of festival-goers you will see wading through a knee deep quagmire in nothing but plimsolls is astonishing.
Your feet will thank you for protecting them from the mud and rain with a pair of wellies – a festival essential.
One final piece of advice is take something to sit on! You may feel great dancing around on the first night, but by day 3 your legs will be aching for a sit down.
Fold up camping chairs are perfect for this. Break them out in the morning around the stove for your cup of tea, or up on the hill overlooking the stage to take in your favourite bands in relative comfort.