Camping At Festivals In Comfort
Being prepared for camping is essential if you want to have an easy and enjoyable time with your family during a festival. Over the years we have slowly assembled all the gear that is needed to create a home away from home.
We keep them in those large plastic boxes with wheels and lids, for easy storage and easy access. When it’s time to go to a festival, we simply load up the boxes in the trailer, load the groceries in the esky and away we go!
Obviously, tents are needed, but the most significant purchase is a large heavy-duty tarpaulin (the larger the better, though understand that the larger it is, the more sail-like it will act in strong winds, so more care needs to be given to tying it down the bigger it is) and all the necessary poles.
Don’t skimp on quality if you can afford it as you will have and appreciate them for years. Good tent pegs, guy ropes and a thick, sun-resistant tarp means you can relax in a blustery storm or on a hot summer’s day.
Tarpaulins provide a place to go to during the day, that is cool and dry, to take a break from the crowds and have some down-time together.
It should be large enough so you can set up tables and chairs and a cooking apparatus and know they are out of the weather. (It can rain at festivals, and does, and it can be really hot or cold also.)
If the tarp is large enough to set up your tents underneath to protect from the hot sun, all the better.
Eventually we bought walkie talkies, one for each of us, which immediately gave us all the freedom we needed to roam around independently.
No longer did we have to make the ‘meet me in 30 minutes outside of …’ arrangements that can create unnecessary stress in what is supposed to be a holiday.
Most good festival sites have great shower and toilet facilities with a toilet/shower block close to every campsite. Especially Woodford Folk Festival where there is a huge campsite with lots of shower and toilet amenities.
Here’s a list to get you started for your luxury camping crusade:
Borrow what you can at first to see if you like it. We use our neighbour’s trailer to carry all of our stuff, which is for a camp of min 2 adults and 4 kids.
- Sleeping bags or other bedding
- Foam sleeping mat – now you can buy mattresses that use a kind of inflatable foam whereby the foam fills up with air once unrolled, and when storing, the air gets squeezed out. These are great, and at around $150, a good investment.
- Tarpaulin — with poles, good guy ropes and quality pegs
- Lantern or two, plus candles
- Fold-up table or two and chairs
- Rope for hanging wet clothes
- Two large water containers — one for drinking, one for washing-up
- Tub for dish-washing
- An old plastic bread tray from your local grocery store makes a great dish-drying rack
- Cutlery, plates, bowls and pans
- Thongs for the showers
- Waterproof bag to carry toiletries to the showers
- Bag for dirty clothes
- Supplies for breakfast and some simple meals
- Tequila, cointreau and limes for making margaritas at campsite
- Juice squeezer for above
- A sense of humour
By Mark O’Brien
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