The Reading & Leeds Festival Survival Guide
Now in their 42nd and 14th years, the Reading and Leeds festivals are hosted annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend and will feature some of the biggest names in music including The Lumineers, Chase and Status, Bastille and headline acts, Green Day, Eminem and Biffy Clyro.
Whether you're a first time festival goer or a regular music junkie, camping or just spending a day seeing your favourite acts, why not put on your welly boots and check out our Reading & Leeds festival survival guide!
- From our own experiences, a backpack is the perfect size for everything you will need to bring with you. Some festival goers bring suitcases and large heavy rucksacks and this is simply not needed. Packing is really easy - you're only going for 4-5 days! Bring lightweight items such as shorts to save space and mix and match your clothing. Leave the makeup at home and bring your wellies, as it gets very muddy!
- Don't bring what you can't afford to lose. Remember that your tent is not a secure place to leave your belongings. Bring older clothes, no expensive jewellery and leave the majority of contents within your purse or wallet at home. You really won't need it! Any important items should be kept on your person at all times.
- Bring toilet roll and antibacterial hand sanitizer to last the whole weekend. Don't overlook this one, as by Saturday these items are like gold dust... and we're not joking! A good idea if you're planning to be at the music arena for most of the day is to unroll some of the toilet paper and bring it with you.
- If you're travelling to the festival, only bring enough food and drink for the duration of your journey. At Reading there is a supermarket just outside the campsite and the majority of people buy everything they need there. Remember that no glass is allowed on the campsites!
- Pitch your tents in a circle if you're in a group with the doorways facing inwards. The space in the middle of the tent is great for chilling out and cooking. Getting there early is key to getting the best spaces. Chances are you will make friends with the other festival goers who've pitched their tents around yours, be social and invite them to join you!
- When asleep, keep anything important like money under you as you sleep or in a tight pocket to avoid being an easy target.
- Purchase adequate festival travel insurance and read the policy documents prior to travel.
- Make a distinctive looking flag and attach it to your tent so that you can spot it easily.
- Try and see as many acts as possible and remember to enjoy yourself and have fun!
What are your best festival survival tips? If we missed anything, why not share them with us in the comments!
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