Monday, 7 September 2015

Top Tips For Surviving a Festival Abroad.

Following on from my recent blog about my time spent at Sziget: The Island Of Freedom festival in Budapest; I thought it might be fun to blog the top tips that I learnt from experiencing my first festival abroad: 

1. Take a lilo instead of a roll mat. Despite only blowing half of it up and finally remembering to blow the other half of it up half way through the week; this was probably one of my best ideas as it saved on space due to it being nice and compact when deflated, as well as providing me with a nice comfortable bed to crash out on.

2. Always carry tissue. I cannot stress this one enough. Whether it be for a runny nose, to cover your mouth from the indefinite dust cloud, or for emergency loo roll; tissue is a must.

3. Invest in some reliable BB cream. Along with being one of my favourite beauty buys this summer, I personally found that BB cream is a great investment for a festival as it saves having to bring so much make up with you, due to it doubling up as a moisturiser / foundation / primer / bronzer / concealer etc. I personally fell in love with Maybelline's bronze edition.

4. Buy a decent bum bag. Despite already owning a small and simple yet effective bum bag, I decided to purchase a newer snazzier, larger one especially for Sziget; and I'm so glad I did. Your bum bag will be your best friend at a festival as you will end up relying on it to carry just about everything for you. From your camera to a pack of chewing gum... Your bum bag will hold it all.

5. Never leave the tent without your hand sanitiser. This is probably the most vital thing that I bought. Hand sanitiser was literally a life saver at Sziget as there was usually no soap available to wash your hands with after using the loo etc! I would recommend buying 2 bottles at least! I personally bought a bottle from Carex which was 'Strawberry laces' scent - so yummy!

6. Also never leave the tent without your camera. It is definitely true that a photo can translate a 1000 words; which is why I recommend never leaving your tent without your camera, or at least your phone. Whether it be a simple snap of your best friend pulling a goofy face or an amazing video of the main stage, you'll 100% thank yourself when you reminisce through your photos on the journey home!

7. Over pack rather than under pack. Even though it might prove a hassle to drag several bags to your campsite, I would definitely say it is better to have more than you need than not enough when camping. Obviously don't pack everything including the kitchen sink, but a couple of extra layers or the odd home comfort such as a hot water bottle can never hurt.

8. Take your sleeping bag and clothes as hand luggage. In order to save money, I would recommend only packing the tent and toiletries over 100ml in the hold. This way, you will save on money as most airlines accept travel suitcases as free hand luggage - you will be surprised how many clothes you can squeeze in! Ryan Air (the airline we flew with), also allow you to take a small bag in addition to a travel suitcase - substitute your small handbag for your sleeping bag and you're good to go!

9. Don't panic. Large festivals can often be very daunting and expensive, but what you must not do, is panic. Just except the fact that you're going to be roughing it for a couple of days, except the fact that you're going to smell, be grubby, and get no sleep, except the fact that you're almost definitely going to spend more money than you intended. Live in the moment, go with the flow, and you'll have an amazing experience.


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