The European Festival Goer’s Ultimate Survival Guide
Going to a music festival is one of the best ways to spend your summer days, so it's no surprise that festivals have sprung up across Europe in a bid to host the best summer party, with the best musical headliners.
Hundreds of thousands of music lovers have different experiences each year depending on the event and what happens. Thousands of crimes occur at music festivals both in the UK and in Europe, so it's important to think about some safety advice before you leave.
- Take some ID, cash and an old working phone, but leave other valuables like your iPad or iPhone at home. Pickpockets and tent thefts are the most common crimes on festival campsites so don't take anything you couldn't bear to lose.
- Wet wipes are your friend. Every past festival-goer is familiar with the 'wet-wipe shower', but they also come in useful for all sorts of things, including cleaning the toilet before you sit on it and holding a fresh scented wipe over your nose to avoid the overwhelming toilet stench!
- Pack a portable phone charger - there's not really an excuse in this day and age to get lost from your friends and in a potentially unsafe situation because your battery has gone flat.
- Travel pee bags - they might sound gross, but trust us when we say they're safer than trekking through the dark with a flashlight and an endless amount of tents to cross. If this suggestion is crossing the line for you, consider packing a head torch instead.
- Dry shampoo and teeth-cleaning chewing gum - don't expect even one star toilet and bathroom facilities, often it's easier to make do with these things until the festival ends.
- Don't carry your alcohol, food and other bits and pieces into the campsite with you. Make sure your hands are free to hand your ticket to stewards, help others and most importantly - to stop yourself from falling face first into the mud before you even pitch up.
- Most festivals have secure locker facilities. You can split the cost of one of these with the people you are travelling with and leave any prescription medication, plane tickets or spare money and valuables in it. The lockers also occasionally (dependent on festival) have phone-charging facilities which is incredibly useful.
- Waterproof everything! Even if it doesn't look like it's going to rain, you never know when beer, or worse, could enter your tent and go everywhere. Plastic bin bags are ideal for keeping things dry until you need to use them.
- Stay in your group and- this is important - be tolerant of other people. Festivals are bound to be busy places, so don't start beef with someone just for being pushed or from someone stepping on your toe.
- Don't leave your drink unattended. Even soft drinks like coke can be spiked by tasteless chemicals.
- Make friends with your tent neighbours - even if they don't speak your language. It's nice to meet new people from different backgrounds and you can form a union in keeping an eye on each other's tents. Keep in mind that they are strangers though, so don't trust them with valuables.
- Leave your tent untidy so that thieves find it harder to steal stuff. If there is no obvious bag to grab quickly, then they won't bother.
- Don't bury your valuables by your tent as someone could be watching.
Heading abroad to a festival can be a fairly adrenaline-inducing experience and definitely a highlight of the summer! Keep in mind your safety and everything should be fine, but also remember that with a travel insurance policy, like those from Alpha, you can have peace of mind knowing that both your personal possessions are protected against theft, loss or damage, but also any medical expenses that may occur from over-zealous dancing, accidents or even something simple will be considered.