Festival Camping 101: the do's and don'ts

By That Festival Site | 4 April, 2023

Festival Camping 101: the do's and don'ts

Festival camping can be an exciting and unforgettable experience, but it can also be overwhelming if you're not prepared. Whether you're a seasoned festival-goer or a camping novice, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of festival camping to ensure that you have a fun and safe time.

Here are a few tips for festival camping success:


  1. Pack light: While it's important to bring all the essentials, try to pack as light as possible. You'll be lugging your gear around the festival grounds, so the lighter the better.
  2. Set up camp early: If you arrive at the festival early, you'll have a better chance of finding a good spot to set up your tent. You'll also have more time to relax and get settled before the music starts.
  3. Make friends with your neighbours: Festivals are all about community, so don't be afraid to introduce yourself to the people camping around you. You never know who you might meet, and it can be helpful to have someone to share supplies or lend a hand if you need it.
  4. Stay hydrated: Festivals can be hot and crowded, so it's important to stay hydrated. Bring plenty of water with you and make sure to drink plenty of it throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you even more.
  5. Protect yourself from the elements: Whether it's hot sun or rain, it's important to protect yourself from the elements while camping at a festival. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun, and bring a raincoat or umbrella in case of rain.


  1. Bring valuables: While it's important to bring your phone and a little cash, leave any unnecessary valuables at home. Festivals can be crowded and hectic, and it's best not to take any unnecessary risks.
  2. Leave your campsite unsecured: Even if you're just stepping away for a few minutes, make sure to secure your campsite. Lock your tent and keep any valuables out of sight to prevent theft.
  3. Forget to bring earplugs: Festivals can be loud, especially at night. Make sure to bring earplugs to help you get some rest and avoid hearing damage.
  4. Forget to bring a flashlight: Festivals can get dark at night, so it's important to bring a flashlight to help you navigate your way around the campsite.
  5. Neglect your personal hygiene: Festivals can be dirty and crowded, so it's important to stay clean. Bring hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and a small bottle of biodegradable soap to help you stay fresh.

By following these do's and don'ts, you'll be well-prepared for a successful and enjoyable festival camping experience. Happy festing!