With staycations and localised activities making their comeback this summer, cost-conscious festival-goers will need to brace themselves for the unpredictable weather conditions and festival facilities. Whether you’re an open-air addict or a nature novice, our seven steps to festival survival are sure to see you through.
From packing to partying and seating to eating, Argos ensures that you remain covered for all eventualities.
To save on space, stuff your socks into your shoes and roll rather than fold your clothes. Plastic bin bags will come in handy for disposing of rubbish, keeping things dry and even to cover your feet if it rains! Pop in some wet wipes and some miniature sized deodorant and sunscreen and you’re ready to go!
Pack your festival fundamentals in a small backpack like the Pro-Action Rucksack, €20.49
Don’t compromise your comfort
Where possible, don’t pitch your tent in a low spot, as rainwater can collect and flood in. Use an old tea towel as a doormat to wipe down muddy boots! Choose a compact pop-up tent for convenience and cosiness during your outdoor stay and make sure you can recognise it by adding something distinctive like a flag. We recommend the Pro Action 2-Man Dome Tent, €47.99,
Don’t let the weather dampen the mood
Think more bog-standard basics than fashion forward. Layering clothes is a great way to keep snug - you can always shed some layers if it gets too hot! To ensure you’re prepared whatever the weather, wear a hooded poncho, sunglasses and comfortable trainers or wellies. Extra socks always come in handy also – no one likes wet feet! Stay dry at this summer’s festival with a hooded Raleigh Bike Raincoat, €12.99
Cook up a storm
It’s always a good idea to stock up on non-perishable snacks like crisps, biscuits, dry fruit, and nuts– they'll come in useful when it’s too dark or wet to go in search of the food stalls and can also act as a great conversation starter for neighbouring tents! Make sure to stay hydrated with bottled water, too. Tickle your taste buds on a compact cooker like the Campingaz Base Camp Stove, €49.99
Avoid sitting on the ground! Sit back and relax on a comfortable camping chair - perfect for soaking up the atmosphere. Sitting in a circle of friends poses the perfect opportunity for a sing-song! Opt for a foldable, light camping chair that’s easy to transport.
Try out The Regatta camping chair which comes complete with a cup holder, €26.99
Don’t stop the music
Bring your iPod along to keep the atmosphere going long after the acts clear the stage. Before leaving the house, make sure you have your playlists filled with the top summer songs and festival favourites. Make sure your iPod stays safe and dry by keeping it in a small, zip lock bag. Share the music with a wireless iPod speaker like the Altec Lansing Orbit Portable Speaker, €27.99
Stay on festival form by getting a good night’s sleep in a snug sleeping bag. If you’re usually a light sleeper, don’t forget to pack some ear-plugs to drown out the camp-site sing-songs. Bringing along a couple of steel teaspoons to place over your eyes the morning after a late night will remove any trace of tell-tale puffiness too! Regardless, keep cosy in a waterproof, mummy sleeping bag that preserves body-heat, like our Regatta sleeping bag which is currently half price, €20.24
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