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[Jul. 14th, 2008|02:20 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
My Latitude ticket still hasn't arrived, despite the festival being this weekend so I thought I'd better call them at lunchtime and find out what's going on. Turns out it was posted last week, and they gave me a Royal Mail tracking number. Accoridng to the tracking website it's at the delivery office waiting to be picked up, but there's no card in the hall saying this. I can only hope one of my neighbours hasn't stolen the card, and is going to use it to steal my ticket. Grr. He's probably stolen a gas bill or something too so that he can use it as ID.

So, festival then. Despite being 36 now, I've never been to a proper festival before. I have a tent, and a sleeping bag, and a fold up chair to sit on outside the tent, so I should be okay, but give me festival camping tips, old hands. What should I take? What should I not take? What's the number one silly mistake first time festival goers always make? The 10 day weather forecast says this so hopefully I won't get completely washed away.
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[User Picture]From: ultraruby
2008-07-14 01:24 pm (UTC)
Top festival tip: Take something you can sit on if the ground is wet so that you don't end up standing for all of the bands. Foldy up blankets are good for this - the type with the waterproof backing. They're nice and soft even if it doesn't rain, too.

Also: Cereal bars. Very useful for when you dont' want to venture a long way (or spend lots of money) for food.

Have a brilliant time!
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[User Picture]From: kiss_me_quick
2008-07-14 01:30 pm (UTC)
Take loo roll and antibacterial hand gel.

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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2008-07-14 09:49 pm (UTC)
antibacterial hand gel

Good tip!
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[User Picture]From: bengraham
2008-07-14 01:38 pm (UTC)
Take a roll of black bin bags. They come in very handy if it's wet and muddy (multiple uses - sitting on them, using them as makeshift waterproofs, storing wet and muddy clothes etc.)

My Truck tickets haven't turned up yet either! My Truck tickets are an e-ticket and I am 1 x OAF.

Edited at 2008-07-14 01:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2008-07-14 01:52 pm (UTC)
tip number 1: don't take anything you aren't prepared to lose!

seconded on loo roll and wetwipes. you might want to consider a thin inflatable mattress for under yr sleeping bag. i got one only last year and just being that extra inch off the cold, hard floor made such a difference (think mine was £20ish, don't go mad on a £75 "up a mountain" one...)

don't take food to cook yourself unless you are completely skint, it's not worth the hassle. cereal bars, loaf of cheap bread/tube of primula combo, malt loaf (pre-buttered ideally) all good for emergency snaX0r, but i guess yr pretty good at that sort of thing?

investing in a pair of wellies is never a bad thing, even if they sit, untouched, in your tent all weekend.
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2008-07-14 01:53 pm (UTC)
oh and always know where your towel is.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2008-07-17 01:23 pm (UTC)
don't take food to cook yourself

I'm largely taking notice of this, but I have bought 1x magic self-cooking space food thingy from the camping shop, because I think I'd regret it for ever if I didn't.
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2008-07-17 01:30 pm (UTC)
i think you'll regret it more once you've eaten it ;)
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[User Picture]From: katstevens
2008-07-14 02:08 pm (UTC)

As well as what everyone else has said

DO TAKE:
- Enough cash that you don't have to queue up at the cashpoint for 1x hour and miss yr favourite band. Put half of it in a pair of smelly socks/some other innocuous vessel that is unlikely to be nicked.
- Suncream
- Hula Hoops!

DONT BOTHER TAKING:
- Brolly. You'll leave it in your tent when you most need it, and there'll be dudes handing ponchos out for free if yr lucky anyway.
- Stereo/mp3 player unless you know you'll be there on a day when there's no bands on
- Anything worth over £20 except yr tent/sleeping bag/phone. If you have a crap spare phone I'd take that instead of yr current phone, as long as it actually works and ting. Probability of phone being dropped down portaloo = higher than other, non-trouser-pocket-resident items!
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[User Picture]From: lebeautemps
2008-07-14 02:38 pm (UTC)
Eek. Good luck in getting your ticket.

Lots of good advice here already...

1. Inflatable mattress - seconded!
2. Security for money/phone at night - my sleeping bag has a built-in inside zipped pocket for money/phone etc as people can enter your tent as you sleep. Some people sleep with a money wallet on. Something to think about.
3. Head torch - if you need the loo after dark, you want it handsfree/not standing torch in/on something ickky, right?
4. Painkillers. If you need meds, have some put aside in secure lock-ups on site in case you lose them/get robbed.
5. Wellies.
6. Wetwipes and anti bac hand gel.
7. Cereal bars/dried fruit etc.

Carsmilesteve was right - don't take it if you're not prepared to lose it. Leave as little as poss in your tent during the day. Eat on site, don't cook. Its not worth the hassle...
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2008-07-14 03:36 pm (UTC)
ooh yes torch! also don't forget to take your torch out with you at, say 4pm, when you come back to your tent in the light to get a nice warm jumper (have we said nice warm jumper yet? totes take a nice warm jumper). the torch will not be much use inside your tent when you are tripping over guy ropes at two in the morning...
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[User Picture]From: shereenb
2008-07-14 03:26 pm (UTC)
The Sunday Times Style magazine says you should take a teepee, hammock, duvets, barbecue, sheepskin rugs, coloured glass lanterns and a guitar.

HTH

Have a great festival and may your tickets turn up safe and sound.
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[User Picture]From: sleeperesque
2008-07-14 03:47 pm (UTC)
Forget everything. You need nothing but a tent and a sleeping bag and bottle of water for the tent. Everything else is there and available.

There is a little store for all your needs and you won't want gloopy bread - you'll want the risotto or chinese noodles or a leg of lamb or something else that they serve.

If it's cold/wet, just stand in the tent.

The less you take the better.
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[User Picture]From: azureskies
2008-07-14 04:03 pm (UTC)
Have been beaten to most of the things I'd recommend, but I'll second the absolute godsendness of wet wipes, and also say that yes, if you can find a pair for a tenner or so, it's always best to have wellies even if it ends up being totally dry all weekend. Because you know that if you don't take wellies, it WILL rain, and I'm going as well, so I don't want you making it rain on me!

Airbeds are definitely worthwhile. You can get a single one from Millets for about ten or fifteen quid, I think, and they also do battery-powered air pumps for around seven quid.

Might see you there, anyway! Hope you enjoy. Seems like it's quite a good, relaxed sort of a festival to have as your first one...
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[User Picture]From: cob_web
2008-07-14 08:50 pm (UTC)
Beer is apparently £4 a pint in the arena, so you may want a few tins for campsite guzzling. No glass allowed though. Did you get the email with the pdf helpful guide thingy?? I can email it to you if not.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2008-07-14 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, I got it. I don't drink, so I'll just take loads of water probably.
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From: ex_humanfema327
2008-07-14 11:23 pm (UTC)
hehhhh fold up chair. you're SO 36 :)

SO 36 is the name of a coolycool club in berlin! weird.
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From: shewho
2008-07-15 08:55 am (UTC)
you can survive on a diet of baps, dairylea slices, square crisps and satsumas.

bin bags are essential for improvised rainwear / sitting on / sticking skanky muddy stuff in etc etc etc...

do take enough cash as the machines will charge, will have huge queues, and will break down by saturday.

i always take a silver blanket or two cos it can get VVVV cold in a tent at night and they fold up tiny.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2008-07-16 11:03 am (UTC)
you can survive on a diet of baps, dairylea slices, square crisps

Yeah, I know. What's this got to do with festivals though?
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From: shewho
2008-07-16 11:06 am (UTC)
boom tish!
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From: mrs_leroy_brown
2008-07-15 11:40 am (UTC)
All great advice but I totally repeat:

bin bags / plastic carrier bags = godsend
wellies - if you don't use them, it's yaful. If you do use them, you will be eternally grateful. At Glasto last year I was ready to start a new religion worshipping them. True Story.
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