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.
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.