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Top ten ways to survive Glastonbury Festival

With Mpower going to Glastonbury festival this summer, here are some of your tips to ensure our survival over the week. Many thanks to everyone on Twitter who offered up their suggestions

1. Take more plastic/bin bags than you ever think you’ll need.

Ideal for desperately needed storage, alter- native wet weather gear and patching up rubbish tents, the uses of a plastic bag while at a festival are surprising and many. Nappy sacks are also useful and less cumbersome for your smaller, plastic bag related needs. Just make sure you do your part to keep fes- tivals going by not leaving plastic bags lying around in fields when you leave.

2. Learn to be creative with the cleaning op- tions of the wet wipe.

Much like the plastic bag, you will find many a use for the humble wet wipe. They also serve as a useful and effective ‘keeping cool’ device, whereby you wipe one on your neck and face and let the breeze do its thing. Carry them with you everywhere as you never know when they’ll come in handy, particularly when you’re suddenly busting for the loo. 3. Plan for every temperature.

Plan for boiling hot, freezing cold and soak- ing wet weather. You are in a field with a canvas tent, which acts as both a sweat lodge and a surprise shower, as your only protection. Please. Dress. Accordingly. Bring plenty of sun block and after sun. Definitely bring a waterproof coat and an umbrella.

4. Consider your lavatory related options. Depending on the festival, the standard of toilets will vary dramatically from the award winning portaloos at The Big Chill to the literal hole in the ground at Glastonbury. Most will never have been so caught out that they haven’t managed to get to a toilet in time but, god forbid, should it ever hap- pen to you, you have options. There’s the bucket, which is especially handy if you’re bringing kids with you and don’t relish the 4am trip to the loos in the dark. There’s also the ‘Pringle tube’ method… which you can probably figure out on your own. FYI – if you see anyone walking around holding the lid really tightly over a Pringles tube, give them a wide berth.

5. Sleep well away from the sides of your tent. There’s nothing worse than waking up with a face full of damp poly- ester canvas. If you’ve got the room, create a barrier between yourself and the tent wall with your stuff and put bin bags over your stuff to protect it from said damp polyester. There’s a lot of faff involved but you’ll thank me in the morning.

8. Eat everything.

Again, it might cost you a fair bit, but try to sample a bit of everything on offer. You can get some absolutely amazing food at festivals from venison burgers to pieminis- ter pies, from amazing vegetable curries to some incredibly sugar coma inducing candy floss. If you can, try to score free food at the Hare-Krishna tent

6. Keep your beverages cool by putting them under your tent dur- ing the day.

Just remember to take them out from under the tent when you want to go to sleep.

7. Bring some alcohol hand gel. Like the kind used by doctors, nurses and the obsessive compulsive. Use it before and after food and before and after the toilet… and any other times you feel unclean (shudder).

9. Don’t panic!

If you’ve forgotten something. You can prob- ably get anything you need at the festival, especially if it’s one of the bigger, more commercial ones. It’ll cost you a bit but at least you’ll have a toothbrush/tampons/sun block/a tent again.

10. Leave your valuables at home.

Really really think this one through. People at festivals are generally in a very caring and peaceful ‘hands across the world’ sort of mood and will mostly likely leave you and your precious things be. Sadly there tend to be any number of idiots who for one reason or another, set out to ruin your fun. Nicking your stuff is a very good way of doing that, so just make sure anything that might get nicked isn’t anything you’ll miss too much. As for the valuables that you really can’t leave home without, keep them on you at all times. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36
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