Summertime Festival Camping

Halfords Camping Guide

Camping, especially at festivals, is something I have done for years and years and has seen me battle some epic extremes of weather alongside both some high and low points.

Back when I was at school I did the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme which saw me and some friends planninga route, treking and camping during the event and it’s something I remember so vividing even though it was over 10 years ago. It was a far more relaxed version of camping where we sat around and chatted all night eating canned goods from our metal tins curled up in our sleeping bags.

My family never went camping when I was younger as it was not an experience which they were fond of so when I went to my first proper festival camping in August 2008 aka my first Reading it was a bit of a reality shock. Myself and my friend took way too much with us (yes most of it was food and drink!) we didn’t set up meeting points, we didn’t pitch up next to anything specific and we didn’t really know what we were doing.

Festival Survival Guide

Fortunately as the years have gone on my festival camping experiences have changed. I know what items are essential to take – even if not obvious such a bin bags and bed socks as it does get cold in the tents – and I know what items are really not essential. Plus I know the importance of a great tent because you do not want to wake up after it’s rained and be floating!

I’ve been lucky enough over the years to go to a lot of festivals (you can read more about my favourite festival here) and this year is no different with 9 of them currently filling up my diary. I have vivid memories over the years of making friends with fellow campers, having huge campfires and a friend of mine almost falling into a longdrop toilet (true story!)

If you’re thinking of going camping – even if music isn’t your thing – then make sure you check out this Halfords How To Guide which not only gives you some awesome ideas of things to go around the country but also offers tips on what to take, survival guides, camping do’s and don’ts, and loads loads more. You can download a digital version right here.

Are you planning on going camping this summer?

*This post was sponsored by Halfords but all content and views are my own

June 1, 2016
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  • Reply kitty kaos

    I love camping and I think the halfords camping guide is so useful especially for first time campers x

    June 2, 2016 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Ickle Pickle

    We are going to our first festival this summer – we are very excited. The guide looks great. Kaz x

    June 7, 2016 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I haven’t been camping for many years, my parents go quite often though, they have just got back from Hay which is a years jaunt from them and always sounds like they have an amazing time. x

    June 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply sarah Lea

    I really would love to go camping, I think my children would enjoy it too. Halfords camping guide sounds useful! I’ll certainly check that out 😀
    Enjoy your many festivals this year, I can’t wait to hear about them xx

    June 8, 2016 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Working Mum Blog

    I was in the scouts as a young girl and have been camping from early age. I found the guide really helpful as lots on there that I had not thought about. Thank for sharing

    June 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Northern Crumble

    I absolutely love camping! How was the Slam Dunk festival? Hope you’re looking forward to the rest of your camping Trips this year x

    June 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    Ive never been to a festival but I’ve really been wanting to both camp and go to a festival recently so I love reading all about your festival experiences! Makes me really want to!

    June 9, 2016 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Jessica

    Oh my, you just reminded me the three-day camp I had in Germany. It’s the Rock Im park and most of the last concerts needed to be cancelled due to the weather; lightning danger to be specific. Really fun as long as you brought the essential stuff. Hope to meet you in one of the camping festivals! 🙂

    June 9, 2016 at 3:01 am
  • Reply Ruth Whyte

    Hiya, the only camping I have done is when I was 15 at school and we went to south of France for a water sports holiday. It’s safe to say I’m not an out door camping festival sort of gal but I do admire thise who do it…. It scares me a wee bit. 9 festivals… Geezo the thought of 1 scares me but I’m excited to hear about how they went for you xx

    June 10, 2016 at 5:08 am
  • Reply globetrotterjen

    I have never camped and i don’t think i’d like it- give me a fluffy robe and spa hotel anyway

    June 10, 2016 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    I am hoping to go to a festival but was not really thinking about camping.

    June 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I thought we might try and take the kids to some festivals! x

    June 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Reclusive Fox

    I haven’t been camping for years and I do think I wouldn’t like it unless I had a camp bed these days. In the past I just needed a sleeping bag and the stars 🙂

    June 12, 2016 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    I openly admit camping isnt for me, it has just never grabbed me x

    June 13, 2016 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Stella Kashmoney

    Not this summer but maybe I would go camping next year.

    June 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I love camping but I haven’t been in ages x

    June 13, 2016 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    I want to give glamping a go I hear it’s great fun.

    June 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Laura Hartley

    Sounds like a great handout that everyone going to festivals should get their hands on! Too many people arrive unprepared and then the weather turns and they have a miserable time haha

    June 14, 2016 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Jess | The Indigo Hours

    I love camping, although I’ve never been to a festival yet! I’m hoping to go to Download next year. There’s nothing worse than a leaky tent!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

    June 14, 2016 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I have never been camping, the idea does nothing for me, I love home comforts and a little luxury.

    June 15, 2016 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Tanya Howard

    I’ve never really been a big camping fan, but I did go to Reading about 10 years ago. At least I can say I did it but if I went again I’d definitely be booking a room nearby ha

    June 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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