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Your Ultimate Festival Survival Guide

Tickets? Check! Outfits? Check! Now all you need to know is how to survive!

You’ve got your ticket, your outfits are planned and you’re trawling through Coachella posts to get you in the mood.  That’s right guys, festival season is well and truly here!

Although we may feel as though we’re ready to go, there are so many things we overlook – especially those of us who are newbies to the festival scene.  But don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered, with this handy guide, you’ll be a festival-going pro in no time.

Pack Wisely

And when we say “pack wisely”, we don’t mean it in the way your mother might say it to you.  We mean, think strategically.  Let’s face it, you’ve got your outfits planned for each day, or at least some idea of what you’re going to be wearing for each day of the festival, so when you’re packing your clothes, ensure you put the clothes you’ll be wearing home, in first, then your Sunday clothes, Saturday clothes etc.  This will save a lot of rooting around in a very small tent, and will ensure the clothes you’re wearing home will stay dry, because let’s be real, you’re not going to want to go climbing into soggy clothes after three days of very little sleep, are you?

Sleep EZ

If, like us, you find it very difficult to sleep without a pillow, but can’t somehow cram your favourite duck feather pillow into your backpack, (rude, right?), use your sleeping bag cover instead.  Stuff it with a towel, and boom!  A home-made pillow that MacGyver himself would be proud of.

Bin Bags Are Your New Best Friend

Yep, you read that right!  Pack a roll of bin bags in your case, and layer them out on the ground underneath where you’re going to pitch your tent.  The extra layer of plastic under you tent will ensure it stays nice and dry, if it does rain over the weekend.  Just don’t forget to pick them up before you leave  – think of the environment, please!  Oh, and they’ll also double up if your clothes do get wet, or your wellies get super mucky, just throw them into a bin bag to protect the rest of your gear.

Baby Wipes Are You Second Best Friend

Mud on shoes, mud on face, generally, mud everywhere.  While we would never condone using a baby wipe to take off your makeup, desperate times etc, etc.  Just make sure you wash your face properly at some point over the weekend, yeah?


You won’t like us when we’re hangry, and hanger can set in so darn fast that sometimes we don’t even realise it’s about to happen.  Do yourself (and everyone else!) a favour, and pack some snacks for emergencies.  Granola bars, popcorn, chocolate covered rice cakes – whatever other delicious dried foods you enjoy, pack ’em!  Queus for food at festivals can be a nightmare, not to mention expensive.  So yeah, bring snacks, okay?

Sani-ties On The Prize

We’re not being an overly clean freak here, but seriously, once you see those port-a-loos on day three, you’ll be so glad of your hand sanitizer.

Bumbags FTW

River Island Snake Print Quilted Belt Bag, €30.00
River Island Snake Print Quilted Belt Bag, €30.00

Money, phone, keys – go!  It goes without saying, but don’t leave anything valuable in your tent.  Keep all of your most important belongings on you at all time, and avoid using your pockets, as stuff can easily fall out.  Bum bags are super handy for keeping all your bits safe and secure, and not to mention super stylish like woven bumbag from River Island.

Weather, Or Not

No one knows what the weather in Ireland is planning, so make sure you pack for all eventualities.  We’re talking sun cream, sunglasses, a rain poncho, wellies – the works!  Chances are, you’ll use all of them at some point over the weekend.

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Fiona Hyland

Fiona loves nothing more than discovering new cities, brunch on Sundays, and a good documentary. If you don't find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you'll find her in an interiors store, feeding her very real blanket addiction.

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