Festival goers often have this stigma of being filthy, covered in mud, inappropriately drunk and sleeping in a grimy little tent in the middle of a packed field – and, for the unlucky ones, possibly near some stinky port-a-loos.
What if I told you the next festival you go to doesn’t have to be like this?
Let’s take a look at some ways to make your camping experience a little more like home without spending a fortune. If you’re not a fan of camping, maybe these interior design twists will change your mind.
Get a festival tent that is at least one person bigger than you need. Not because you’ll bring unexpected guests home with you, but because it’s extra space to store essentials – food, drink, clothes (clean and dirty) etc. If it has a porch too, it’s an added bonus as you have somewhere to sit, eat and drink undercover.
Practice putting your tent up. You don’t want to spend the whole first day putting the tent up. That’s the time to make yourself familiar with your location and make some festival friends.
The porch area is fantastic for storing wet or muddy things as most of them have a gap to aerate the area. This also provides a nice place to cook with this added ventilation ensuring you don’t smoke yourself out.
For ultimate comfort inside your tent, you can get some that are carpeted! It’s a step up from regular camping and means you can have softness under your toes after a long day of dancing to the live music. Alternatively, foam floor tiles (like they have in kids indoor play areas) are great too.
The final touches to really make it your own would be to add a tall flag or attach a helium balloon to the top of the tent. Yes, it may look a bit like you’re showing your Game of Thrones family emblem, but this is a great way to find the tent when you’re wandering back to you tent in the middle of the night.
The most important thing is your bed. No sleep means a grouchy or irritable person for the following day of dancing and enjoying the festival. If you have enough space to bring it, there’s nothing more comforting than your own pillows and duvet (don’t forget your teddy bear!).
Inflatable mattresses are also brilliant for camping – they don’t take up masses of space and are easy to get inflated. They are also relatively easy to clean should you be rather muddy and dive straight into bed.
If the sofa is one of your home’s favourite hang out areas, make sure you recreate this in the porch or spare room of your tent. Inflatables sofas exist and if you’ve got your inflatable bed already, the pump can get this up in no time.
You can get these sofas and chairs on ebay pretty cheap and they look cool and comfy!
Having somewhere to sit and eat is another essential to make it feel like home. Grab yourself an lightweight, easy to carry, fold out and put away dining table set. It has 4 seats and a table all built in. I like this Outwell Dawson Picnic table as it has a nice wood effect finish.
A nice accessory for the table to try and prevent spillages (don’t want to waste any booze now) is these cup clips. Clip it on and pop your cup in there.
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Lighting is the final thing to consider and there’s plenty of cool ways to make the most of any light sources you have. For example, attaching a head lamp to a bottle of water and it will create an ambient light for the tent.
This is vitally important and will effect your whole festival because if you’re too close to the toilets, you will have a continuous stench and flow of people walking past. Too far away and that midnight dash to loo becomes a treacherous mission.
If there’s a slope or hill, pitch at the top – remember water (or worse) will run downhill should there be a downpour. Hedges are another area to avoid when camping at a festival…they often become improvised toilet areas.
If you are worried about using the toilets or showers, there’s plenty of gadgets out there for you to do your business in private. There’s the ‘Humanure‘ which you can make yourself, the Ploo (a biodegradable box made especially for camping emergencies) or if you are really craving that homely touch, you can visit the posh toilets that are normally at a festival. These tend to be run by a charity so the money goes to a good cause other than you desperately needing the loo.
Washing may not be the easiest, but with a swimming costume and the Sea to Summit Pocket Shower, you can have a quick wash to stay fresh. You could use your stove to warm the water up first too.
If you’re allowed camping stoves at the festival then get one of these. Nothing is more homely than classic home made food. Sure, it’s not going to be a Michelin star dinner, but you can easily whip up bangers and mash if you have a two hob stove.
This one from Go Outdoors is only £34, is portable and has a grill!
If after all of this you are still not convinced that you could enjoy the festival and camp, there is a thing call Glamping which is probably up your street. Just be prepared to spend a fair bit more on your music filled weekend as these glamorous tents have working toilets, showers, proper beds, flooring, WiFi and more! Have a read about Glastonbury Glamping last year to see what we mean.
Phone charging stations at festivals are near impossible to get to. Everybody is desperate to keep enough battery for the next band selfie, video and Snapchat, so having your own charging methods is a must.
There are a plethora of phone charging kits out there, but to help you make up your mind on which you’ll go with,The Independent put together a list of their top 9.
If you can’t handle being away from your loved ones for a few days, you could always pack a picture and frame. I’ve said how good inflatables are and now you can even get inflatable picture frames!
Add some colour and coolness around your camp with these Tibetan Peace Flags, or if you’d rather make your own bunting. Always looks great and you can make it in whatever style you like?
The final touch – nothing says home sweet home than a doormat (literally in some cases)! So why not get a doormat for your porch area. Prevents bringing dirt inside the tent.
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