Reading Festival top tips for first-timers
Published: 19 Aug 2013 07:300 comments
Come prepared - Don't underpack and think you can last in one change of underwear. You will need a few must-haves like baby wipes and bottled water.
a Dress for anything - It's not the time to experiment - remember how unpredictable British weather can be - so come prepared with an anorak and a jumper.
Relax - Don't worry about getting your five-a-day and keeping your locks glossy; it's not what festivals are all about.
Pick your spot carefully - Arriving early is the best way of securing a good site. Steer clear of the toilets and the security towers which may keep you awake with the constant generator noise and bright lights.
Identify your tent - You might think your tent will be easy to spot but in a field full of tents and after a day full of cider, it might be a different story. Try adding a flag or a pole so you can spot it.
Hide your valuables at night - Don't make it easy for thieves to steal your valuables by keeping them by the front of the tent. Put them inside your sleeping bag away from the entrance.
Leave it at home - Don't bring more than you need when it comes to valuables (there's no need for an iPod or digital camera) - trade these for live acts and a cheap disposable camera.
Watch your drinking - While festivals are all about enjoying yourself, there's nothing worse than waking up hungover in a hot, stuffy tent so make sure you don't go too wild.
Make friends with your neighbours - Getting to know people is the best way to keep your belongings safe so you can make friends and they can watch over your camp when you're out enjoying the music.
Record the festival highlights - it might not seem high on your list but it will ease your festival nostalgia and you can catch any sets that you missed.