The Glastonbury Festival is one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the world. The annual three-day event, normally held during the last weekend of June, attracts over 100,000 visitors. Once you have bought your ticket, you will need to plan ahead for the festival. Knowing how to prepare for Glastonbury can make a big difference to your overall festival experience.
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Make travel plans for getting to the festival and decide when you are going to arrive. The main musical events begin on a Friday but some parties and other activities begin the day before. The festival gates open earlier in the week, normally on Wednesday morning; if you arrive early you will avoid the heaviest traffic and you will be able to find a better camping spot. Car parking areas are available if you decide not to go by public transport.
Make a packing checklist so that you don't forget anything. Your most essential item will be your Glastonbury ticket.
Decide what clothes you are going to take to the festival. You should prepare for all weather conditions. Take T-shirts and shorts for hot weather and a waterproof jacket for rain. A good choice of footwear is also important; many people take wellington boots or sturdy hiking boots for wet and muddy conditions. Don't take any clothes that you don't want to ruin; festival conditions are notorious for ruining clothing.
Pack some basic supplies such as toilet paper, sun block, plasters and paracetamol or aspirin. If you wear glasses, it's a good idea to pack a second pair in case the first get damaged. Bin liners and plastic bags take up very little space and are perfect for protecting items against wet weather. A torch (with fresh batteries) is also an invaluable item.
Prepare some food to take with you to Glastonbury. There are plenty of food stalls at the festival but they are generally expensive. Taking some food with you will help keep your expenses slightly lower. If you are taking canned food, don't forget to take a tin opener. Don't bring any drinks in glass bottles as these are not allowed at the festival.
Consider taking your mobile phone. Mobile phones are sometimes considered to go against the festival spirit; however, they can be very handy for contacting your friends who are spread out across the festival grounds.
Think about how much money you will need for the festival. There are cash machines on the festival grounds but the queues can be incredibly long. Taking cash is a good option, but be sure to keep this money with you at all times.
Assemble your tent before you leave for the festival. There is nothing worse than putting up your tent when you arrive, only to find that you are missing some vital components. Don't forget your sleeping bag.
Tips and warnings
- Only take valuable items if they are essential. Ideally, any valuables should be small enough to carry with you at all times. Tents are sometimes targeted by thieves, making them a poor option for storing expensive or irreplaceable items.
- Try not to pack too much. You will have to carry your backpack or bags across the site; too much heavy luggage will make this a very unpleasant experience.
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