Pitch Your Tent: Tips For Camping At A Festival
February 18, 2016
Emma Sturgis in Advice, Festivals, camping, festivals, live music

Camping at a festival sounds exciting and fun, but without proper preparation, the trip could turn into quite the fiasco. To avoid this scenario, campers need to be ready for the adventure they are embarking on. This could take some research of the area and learning the basics of camping, if new to the scene.

Arrive Prepared

If campers are venturing out for a festival with a new tent, some problems could arise; such as missing parts or difficult directions. It’s best if campers give a tent a trial set-up, or two, before heading to the campground. Setting a tent up beforehand can also be great to figure out space and how much gear can be brought along. Be sure to arrive to the campground in the daylight hours to set up.

Location, Location, Location

If the festival offers site reservations, investigate maps of the campgrounds. This includes making sure the site is near restrooms and water sources. Setting up a tent directly across from, or next to, restrooms is not advised because of weary wanderers and possibly even the odor, but be in close proximity. If sites are allotted on a first come, first served basis, be sure to arrive early to get a good location. Some things to look for are level ground, dry areas, and areas away from main walkways.

Protect Your Belongings

Although some would like to believe everyone there to have a great time, there may be one person that is there to collect more than just their share of fun. Never trust your things will be safe at the campground or in the tent. Some ways to protect the gear and other items are to have a locked bag or lightweight safe that can be left in the trunk of the car. A good rule of thumb is not to bring any valuable jewelry or electronics that are probably not only unnecessary, but can also be an attraction to a thief.

Mark Your Territory

Everyone likes to have a good time, which might mean having a few libations. Whether libations are involved or not, finding a tent site in the dark can be difficult. Travel with a flashlight to easily find your way back. Look at landmarks around the campsite and a bright colored flag or banner is a wise idea.

Drink Responsibly

If you do decide to partake in the aforementioned libations, be sure to do so responsibly. Overdoing it can quickly lead to trouble—for yourself, for other campers, and with the law. If you plan to drive at any point during the festival, be especially careful about when and how much you drink. If you aren’t, you may end up in trouble with the law and will need to seek the aid of a top criminal defense firm in Atlanta to handle your DUI case. The best way to stay safe and out of trouble is to take responsibility and avoid any dangerous drinking behaviors.

The idea of attending a festival is to relax and enjoy the surroundings, so make the trip much simpler by planning ahead. Take the necessary precautions to avoid unpleasant situations and a good time can be had by all.

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