Caravan advice for festival goers

15/07/2014

It is a growing trend among festival goers to share the costs of camping by taking a caravan or two to some of the UK's leading festivals. With Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, and Deer Shed Festival all offering room for caravans, it is important that people are prepared for when they arrive at these great places. So what advice is there for first time caravan goers?

 

It is a growing trend among festival goers to share the costs of camping by taking a caravan or two to some of the UK's leading festivals. With Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, and Deer Shed Festival all offering room for caravans, it is important that people are prepared for when they arrive at these great places.

So what advice is there for first time caravan goers?

Find high ground if possible.
For anyone who has ever been to a rain sodden festival, they will know the ardour of having to heave their belongings from what has quickly become a filthy swamp of mud.
Though some festivals are on flat land, Leeds and Glastonbury are largely hilly affairs, so it is important that if you attend these, that you camp on the highest ground possible to avoid being flooded on the lower lands if you can.

Meet friends before you get there
Like many large groups, if you and your friends are attending with numerous vehicles, it is likely that you will be unable to save spaces to camp together. If you want to camp as one therefore, it is worth meeting up roughly a mile or two outside the festival so that you can all head in at once.

Get to know the people around you
The chances are that you will meet some very like-minded people at any festival, so with this in mind it is worth introducing yourself to any neighbours that happen to be in your vicinity.
Not only does this mean that you will have new friends, but you will also be able to look out for each other and give a hand when it is needed.

Prepare your escape
As already stated, mud can be a nightmare at festivals, and we've all seen the pictures, so ensure that you take some planks or thick cardboard to place under your wheels and support legs for when the worst comes along.
Levelling blocks can also be very handy for when you have to camp on a hill, although most festivals tend to reserve those areas for the tent dwellers.

Prepare for anything
Even though you'll be in the best of care in the warmth of your caravan, it's still just as important to remember to take thick clothing to ensure you are warm and as comfortable as possible when you're out and about.

Take wellies, sunglasses, scarves and shorts so that you are prepared for anything, because you never know what will happen with the British weather.
At the same time, it is important to know just what rules apply in certain areas of the festival. For example, Leeds and Reading forbids glasses or bottles from entering the arena, even if you have brought them from your caravan.

Bin bags are a saviour
Though this may sound a little silly, there are many great things that you can do with bin bags besides putting rubbish in them.
From using them as an extra waterproof layer, to sitting on them to avoid the wet grass, there are hundreds of things that you can do to make bin bags worth taking on your trip.