Rain at festivals: the pocket guide for survival

One thing us Brits know how to do (after throwing a fantastic festival that is) is not let the rain dampen our spirits. Rain is almost unavoidable, if past summers are anything to go by, downpours at festivals are all just par for the course on our blustery island. So, if you want to enjoy yourself whatever the weather you better make sure you’re prepared for the worst even if the optimistic ones amongst us are hoping for some sunshine. Here’s how…

There’s absolutely nothing worse than prepping and preening yourself in your newly bought festival get-up to end up looking like a drowned rat! This could be avoided by incorporating some practicality into your style choices. Since wellies and rain macs are in fashion and most high street shops have a wide range of designs that won’t break the bank, you’re in luck! For more festival fashion advice check out our article ‘Top 10 festival fashion must haves’. But if you’ve found yourself up the creak without a paddle (quite literally) you can always purchase a cheap poncho on site if you get caught in a downpour. This will hopefully prevent you getting completely soaked through and will therefore reduce your chances of catching the dreaded festival flu.

Make sure your tent is waterproof. Yes, you may have to splash out a little more to ensure the fabric is completely durable in adverse weather conditions but believe me, you’ll be thankful you did. Look for a tent made out of Nylon as this is the most lightweight and waterproof fabric. These days most tents are made from a Nylon and polyester mix which is just as effective at keeping the rain out. Pitch your tent either in a flat area or near the top of the hill but whatever you do don’t pitch in a valley otherwise all rainfall will collect under your tent soaking everything in a matter of minutes. To see a range of the best tents on the market this year take a look at our ‘Top 5 Tents’ Article.

Considering not bothering lumbering your brolly with you? Think again! An umbrella covers you whatever the weather as it doubles up as shade from sun but more importantly it’s a valuable piece of kit to bring along in case it does rain. I would also advise protecting your valuables from water or mud damage by investing in a waterproof case. They might not look cool but it’s better than leaving the festival around £300 lighter.

I’d thoroughly recommend a large rucksack to pack everything in but whatever you end up taking, plastic bags are a must. Pack clothes in plastic carrier bags inside your main bag, this way you increase your chances of keeping everything dry. And even if it doesn’t rain, you won’t risk smelling like a Jager bomb for five days if there’s a leakage in your bag (or a spillage depending on how much had been consumed beforehand). Not sure what to put in your rucksack? ASOS has already prepared a festival survival kit, you just need to pack it and you are ready to go! (To find out more, have a look at their blog).

Let’s face it, half submerged tents and muddy clothes are as much a part of festivals as the music. The best tip for survival when it rains at a festival, after all the practical stuff, is to forget what you look like and just grab a drink and head to a stage to enjoy the music!

Fancy getting into a festival for free this summer? Why not volunteer at a festival, check out this article for more information about how to get into a festival for free and how you can sign up with our sister company Festival Volunteer.

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