An unforgettable weekend I'll never forget! :)

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Preparing for attending a four-day festival is a bit like preparing for war.

 If the weather doesn’t play ball you’ll fight against the elements for survival whether that’s torrential rain or soaring heat.  Both conditions, and everything else in between, are possible at British Festivals, so it’s important to pack for all conditions. To complicate matters further, standard field life comes without the luxury of electricity and showers - the onus is on you to arrive prepared.  Here’s how I survived my first festival camping experience.
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1.Fail to prepare, prepare to fall over

Tent, sleeping bag, bed, clothes, wellington boots, toiletries, food and drink – check! How to get everything there and back in one piece without A. breaking my back and B. falling over under the weight of festival wares? With my shiny new trolley and backpacks of course!
Packing the night before
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The night before...

 I packed all of my things into one huge backpack, a large food bag, and one smaller backpack (Leaf green festival backpack) for tickets, money and other essentials before loading them onto my trusty two-wheeled steed, my festival trolley! Lugging everything from home to the bus station via the tube in searing heat was a mission made so much easier with my fold-up friend and I could tell my friends were regretting not doing the same. Also coming in very handy was a last minute purchase of 1980s favourite accessory, the bum bag which held my phones (I’ll come into this later), mints and lippy. Everything (including me) made it safely to the campsite.
"my self-inflating mat worked like a dream"
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"my self-inflating mat worked like a dream"

2. Carry on Glamping

Setting up camp was a fun experience and one I’d not had for many years since being a brownie! My tent went up easily with an in-built groundsheet saving a lot of hassle and my self-inflating mat worked like a dream, doing exactly that and inflating itself within just a few minutes while my friends worked up a sweat pumping up their mattresses. Meanwhile I took some time out to chill and glamp up my tent ahead of our first day of festival.
"wellies?...check!"
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"wellies?...check!"

3. Let’s go!

Keen to get out into the sunshine and enjoy some music with our mates when the unpacking was done, we threw on some shorts and wellies, filled up our fold-up water bottles, grabbed our backpacks and traversed the field. Knowing we had to be ready for anything we went equipped with pocket-sized tissues, hand sanitiser, cold drinks, sunscreen and raincoats – remembering this is England! The water bottle , sanitiser and handy packs of tissues were absolute essentials as we’d soon discover on our first trip to the festival loos! Not for the faint-hearted.
"Nokia phone that lasted the ENTIRE festival"
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"Nokia phone that lasted the ENTIRE festival"

4. Upwardly mobile

Staying in contact with my friends over the four days was never going to be easy but luckily I’d the foresight to buy a reliable, ‘vintage’ Nokia phone that lasted the ENTIRE festival without requiring a charge during the four days we were away from civilisation! I had my iPhone with me too which ran out of juice after day one! My friends and I all had power packs but I only used mine once as the Nokia  did everything I needed apart from taking pics.  I used it to text and call friends and realised I was the only person anyone could get in touch with as I always had battery and network coverage  - a bargain at less than £20 and with a £10 pay as you go sim card.
Glitter :)
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Glitter :)

5. Shiny Happy People

Of course a festival would not be a festival without fancy dress outfits, loud hats and as much glitter as you can apply to your face and body and we went to town at our camp with the sparkles! The girls had a lot of fun creating glittery looks with each other and the boys even got involved too.

Adding some further shine to our party looks lots of the gang set off their shimmering look with some hip and hippies coloured crystal necklaces- we were not out of place in the healing fields!

6. Best foot forward

We knew we were in for some serious walking over the four days and so not to end up with tattered feet I went equipped with long and short wellies and good quality walking socks. I wore the shorter boots when it was really dry and hot and on the one day of heavy rain donned my long Hunter boots. They really are great festival attire being totally practical whilst looking to good to boot too!

I’m now safely back on clean and dry land in one piece thanks again to my trusted trolley and weather appropriate wares and essential accessories – no sunburn, no dehydration and feet surprisingly still intact after walking and dancing for days on end!
Sunset on Glastonbury
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Sunset on Glastonbury
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