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14 essential festival hacks


Tips and tricks to ensure you have a blast.

The summer music festival scene is just around the corner and it’s something many festival-goers look forward to. Trouble is, festivals can be unpredictable, so here are some handy hacks to help you make the most of the day or weekend.

1. Share costs

Whether you car-pool with mates, contribute to food and supplies, or pitch in for accommodation, there are heaps of ways to buddy up and make it a cheaper experience for all.

2. Hide some $ in your phone

Hide some notes between the phone and the case so that if you lose your wallet, you’ll have an emergency cash stash.

3. Arrange a time and place to meet your mates

Even if you get separated or realise your phone has no service (networks get overloaded fast at festivals), you’ll know you can still meet up with your mates at the designated spot.

4. Pack a couple of (compostable) bin bags or plastic bags 

A bin bag can double as a raincoat in case of a sudden downpour, and a couple of plastic bags turn into a handy makeshift pair of gumboots when the ground turns into swamp land. Or, just use them to cart out your rubbish when you go!

5. Bring a bum bag or belt bag

You’ll want both your hands free and minimal fuss throughout the day, so stash your essentials in a small bag you can keep around your waist. There’s also less chance your valuables will fall out your pockets when you’re mid-dance move.

6. Take a portable phone charger

These nifty devices are readily available these days, and many are small enough to fit in a jeans pocket. Best of all, a portable charger can give your phone some much needed juice when you’ve lost all your mates in the mosh pit and need to make a plan.

7. Buy a mini keychain flashlight

You’ll be so glad you have a light source when the sun goes down and you’re having to find people, find your way out or just to check out which port-a-loo is the cleanest.

8. Don’t forget the hand sanitiser

Just a small bottle can see you through and it’s essential on a day when you won’t be able to avoid the port-a-loos. Ditto a travel pack of wipes.

9. Buy a pair of earplugs

Look it might sound daggy, but you’ll still be able to hear your favourite lead singer belting out every tune without your ears ringing for days after. They’ll also come in handy if you’re camping and want to get some shut eye.

10. Stake a spot near the radio tent

The bands are often doing press before or after their performances so you never know who you might bump into.

11. Check out all the sponsored booths

They can be a great place to grab a freebie or two. The downside: you may have to sign up to the company’s mailing list or download an app, but it’s usually worth the hassle.

12. Bring a pop-up tent

If you’re camping, the last thing you want to be dealing with are tent poles. Another top tip is to pitch your tent at the top of a hill in case it rains and to set up near a good landmark if possible so you can easily find your tent later in the dark. A yoga mat can be easy to cart along as a makeshift ground-protector; and a pillowcase doubles as a pillow once stuffed with spare clothes.

13. Be prepared!

Download the festival app (if there is one). They often have maps and notes on where to find things during the day. Arrange transport ahead of time so you can get out of there after it’s all over.

14. Organise your time

If two bands you love are playing at the same time, don’t be stuck in the middle of the crowd – stand to the side so you can easily make it to both acts, even if you only see half the act.

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. Information in this article is current as at the date of publication. .

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