Surviving Festival Season
Along with summer comes festival season. Over the next couple of months, you’ll be able to enjoy all sorts of fab festivals throughout the UK. Revel in music from some of the world’s most talented musicians and entertainers whilst enjoying the great outdoors.
Top festivals include Isle of Wight, Love Supreme in Sussex, Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire, Latitude in Southwald, Reading and Leeds Festivals, and of course there’s the famous Glastonbury Festival. To get you in the groove, Wink Bingo has put together a very special ‘Winkstonbury’ promotion… Get on down to our LIVE bingo games with prizes worth up to £12,000 throughout the month of June!
For those of you who plan on hitting the open roads and experiencing the festivals first hand, I’ve put together a special guide to help you cope with the elements. These survival tips and tricks have been sourced from Britain’s very own Special Forces lads, aka SAS! By following their sound advice, you should be able to have a rockin’ great time with minimum discomfort.
Here are my Top 10 SAS tips for surviving the Festival Season:
Fashion and music go hand in hand. That said, when you’re out in the sticks, practicality takes precedence. Pack clothes that will look good AND help you survive. Bring lots of layers, so that you’ll be protected from heat and cold. Breathable cotton shirts, t-shirts and fleece jumpers are great choices. Don’t forget a big waterproof hoodie too, in case it rains. Waterproof boots are essential! The fields get damp and muddy so you’ll want to protect your feet. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Field Foodou don’t need to be a soldier to know that nutritious food is key for survival. Although most festivals have stalls and food trucks, it’s always a good idea to bring your own supplies to make sure your crew doesn’t go hungry. Crisps and chocolates are ideal as they don’t require a fridge, plus they don’t go bad or soggy. They’re also jam packed with energy, perfect in case of hangover/munchies emergencies! Tinned food, such as baked beans, or bread and peanut butter are also great options for outdoor trips. Of course, you can bring a cooler containing fresh food such as fruit, veg and sarnies, but those will only last a day or so.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!Staying hydrated is even more important than having the right sort of food. Clean drinking water is essential. You never know what will be available out in the festival fields, so be sure to bring plenty of bottled water (enough for everyone). If you can’t go without a hot cup of tea or coffee, bring along a gas burner and pot for boiling water! Second to water is booze! No music festival would be complete without a hearty supply of tipple. Be sure to pack plenty of beer, wine, or whatever rocks your boat… I’m sure that most good soldiers would agree!
Support TeamSAS soldiers know that they are only as good as their team. When planning your festival trip, choose to go with a group of mates who are team players. You don’t want one or two people doing all the organizing, whilst the others sit back and play with their phones. Delegate and share responsibilities, such as food prep, navigating and tent pitching so that your festival trip will become a fun team-building experience. Remember: “all for one, and one for all”.
Survival KitWhen it comes to survival, you can never be too prepared! First comes first aid. Make sure you have a portable kit with all the first aid essentials, including plasters and disinfectant (you never know what you might step on). A good quality pocket knife is essential as it is compact and has lots of useful little tools. As you’ll be doing plenty of drinking, don’t forget to bring a bottle opener, as well as a tin opener for canned food. Although festivals are a great opportunity to forget technology for a few days, access to a cellphone can save a life. Bring a long-lasting battery pack so you can keep your phone charged, as well as an old school map, just in case you can’t access the GPS.
ReconnaissanceIntelligence gathering is a huge part of army training. If you want to get the best out of your festival trip, be sure to do your homework. Once you’ve successfully navigated your way to your location, find a parking spot close to the exit so you don’t get stuck in traffic on your way out. Then rekey the area, so that you know exactly where everything is. Be sure to locate the best loos, showers, food stalls and, of course, the band stage. Use familiar landmarks to remind yourself where things are. The last thing you want is to lose your car or your tent!
Attitude is EverythingSurvival is 90% attitude! Attend your summer festival with a positive mindset. Go with the intention of having a jolly good time, and leave all your negative thoughts and worries at home. Try to be smiley and friendly throughout your festival stay. If anybody gets in your way or tries to upset you, kill them with kindness or simply walk away. Let your good vibes resonate on the local environment, as well as those around you, ensuring that you have a safe and fun festival experience.
CleanlinessEvery soldier knows the importance of keeping clean. Not only is good hygiene important for your health and wellbeing, it’s also essential for maintaining good relationships with those around you. Nobody likes a stinky friend! Be sure to pack extra water for washing, in case you have trouble using the festival shower stalls. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer should also be an essential part of your kit!
For optimal festival survival, you want to find the best spot to pitch your tent. Place it strategically so that you are not too far from all facilities and entertainment stages. You want to be within walking distance from the porta-loos, but not so close that you can smell them. You also want to be fairly near to the action, but not so close that your tent gets trampled on by the masses. The type of tent you use will also make a world of difference. The more advanced your tent, the better your