For many people, going to a festival is tied up with the idea of getting messy, muddy and dirty. This might even be part of the fun. But even as you could enjoy a mosh pit in the early hours of the morning, you might well still also need to be comfortable in your own tent. A lot of people go to festivals almost entirely unprepared for what lies ahead, and they might often end up not having the best possible time. If you want to avoid this and remain as comfortable as possible at your next festival, there is plenty you can do. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to stay comfortable at your next festival.
The Larger The Tent, The Better
When you are camping, you do actually have a limit on the size of tent you would prefer to take. After all, you will need to carry it around with you, and you don’t want it to be too heavy. But for a festival, you only need to worry about bringing the tent from the car to the field. As such, you can probably afford to just go for a more extensive tent. The bigger the tent, the more space you will have as you sleep, and this has to be the main determining factor of how comfortable you feel at the festival on the whole. Of course, you still might not want to go for something more substantial than you can put up with your friends. But as long as you are finding that happy balance, you should find that you can enjoy the festival much more. Glamping has become increasingly more popular at festivals over the past few years, allowing festival goers the chance to relax with a luxury camping experience whilst enjoying their favourite bands.
Having a larger tent also means that you can fit your bags and other belongings in more easily, which can help to reduce the stress of the environment and the setting. There is another important bonus too: you can invite your new found friends over and efficiently cater to everyone’s needs for space!
Take Your Bedding – Or Get Some Made
The primary way to be as comfortable as possible at a festival is of course to take some real bedding. A lot of people find that a sleeping bag on a mat is not quite enough, and if you are such an individual, then you will be delighted how much better an experience you can have by merely taking along some of your own bedding.
It’s likely that you won’t want to take your best bedding, as it might end up being a little worse for wear. But if you have any old bedclothes lying around at home, they could be ideal for such an occasion. Alternatively, you could consider having some bedding especially made for your upcoming festival season. This is easier than you might think to make happen. You just need to first get some foam cut to size, and then you can decorate it in whatever way you like. This can be an excellent solution for pillows and even mattresses which you can then take with you.
If you want a more compact solution, you might want to think about a blow-up mattress. These are perfect for festivals, as they can be easily folded up and carried around, and yet they are incredibly comfortable to sleep on. It definitely beats a plain old sleeping mat or even a yoga mat.
Being able to nod off will definitely be a big part of staying comfortable at any festival. But it’s not just about what happens at night – you also need to think about being as comfortable as possible as you go out into the festival during the day.
Shoes: Your Prime Asset
Your shoes are an incredibly important part of remaining comfortable, for visible enough reasons. If you have ever gone to a festival without proper footwear, you will know how quickly it can become a pretty miserable time indeed. Before you set off, it’s a good idea to make sure that you are going to be sorted on the footwear front. As it happens, there might be more to consider here than you may have assumed.
For a start, you will definitely need some way to keep out of the mud. Whether you do this with wellies or some high boots is up to you, as long as you have taken care of it. The last thing you want is to be trudging around a field with cold and wet feet that you can’t do anything about. Beyond that, it’s a good idea to try and get hold of some standard comfortable walking boots as well. These can be perfect for when it is not quite a mudslide, but still a little fresh underfoot. It’s good to have those in-between options so that you always have just the right thing for the occasion.
Speaking of which, if you know that it is going to be hot, it’s a good idea to take some flip flops with you as well. If the weather remains good, you can have the luxury of only having to wear those. This can be a great way to get around at any festival, so if you can get away with it it’s probably a good idea. When you have the shoes sorted, it has a way of making the whole experience much better so you can enjoy being as comfortable as possible throughout the event. That being said, there are many other aspects to your outfits that you will need to put some thought into if you want to remain comfortable throughout.
Be Ready For Dancing
It’s going to be one of your main pastimes while you’re there, so it’s a good idea to make sure you are ready to get dancing. This means packing clothes that you can easily move around in, as any restricted movements could make the whole experience much less enjoyable. There is a balance that you will probably be aiming for here too – namely, style versus comfort. If you get it right, you can end up achieving both quite easily, and that can absolutely make for a much better festival. It can be hard to perfect this, but it’s worth spending some time doing so before you go to make the most of the festival experience itself.
Having a few loose items as well as some warmer baggy ones is a good way to ensure that you are stylish, comfortable and able to move freely on the dancefloor. It’s all about trying to achieve it all in one go, and that is how you will find the best solutions for your festival wardrobe.
The Day Tripper’s Solution
It’s not always true that you will be camping at the festival, or that you will want to. It is perfectly acceptable to do it entirely the other way. In other words, you could just stay at a nearby hotel or B&B and go back each day for the music and so on. More people do this than you might think, and it actually happens to be one of the best ways to enjoy a more comfortable and enjoyable festival. If this is an option for you, just be sure that the festival you are attending does actually allow it. Different festivals have different rules for coming and going, so you need to make sure this is actually a viable option in the first place.
While some might argue that this is not the true festival experience, the main thing is that you are enjoying it as best as you can. As long as it works for you, and it makes you feel more comfortable, there is no reason not to.
The received advice is normally that you might as well not bother trying to keep clean. After all, you will inevitably get dirty at a festival, there’s no doubt about it. But if you are keen on trying to stay as clean as possible, then there is plenty you can do. Doing so will probably also make you feel a lot more comfortable while you are at the festival.
Make sure you take a bottle of antiseptic hand wash, as this will ensure that you are looking after the hygiene side of things. But you might also want to go a step further and see if there are any showers. These are quite common in festivals these days, so you might well be in luck. If there are no showers, you could consider going to a nearby hotel, as above, or you might want to wash yourself with baby wipes in the traditional festival way. However, you do it, staying clean is important for feeling comfortable and happy at any festival.
As long as you take care of the above, you should find that you are as comfortable as possible. That will mean you have a much better time at the festival, and that you come home a little refreshed. At any rate, it is worth doing whatever you can to make the festival as enjoyable as possible, and this will help hugely in that pursuit.