10 ways to survive a festival if you hate camping

10 ways to survive a festival if you hate camping

21st June 2018 Off By

Festivals might not be for everyone, but a rise in trends such as ‘glamping’ and beauty tents means that those who hate camping no longer have to miss out on all the fun.

Last minute UK holiday rental provider, Snaptrip.com, has created the ultimate survival guide for any festival-goers that hate camping.

1. Boutique camping

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You don’t have to camp in a tent.

If sleeping bags and porta-loos aren’t your style, you can pay a little extra to enjoy hot showers and a comfy bed at most UK festivals this year.

Festivals including Isle of White, Bestival and El Dorado all offer a range of tipis and lodges for those wanting a bit more luxury and added extras such as bedding, phone charging points, private toilets and bars.

Glastonbury trumped them all last year offering a deluxe ‘ tenthouse suite’, although it did cost an extravagant £13,000 for five nights.

2. Go for a splash

Festival No.6 boasts an outdoor swimming pool beside the Dwyryd estuary 
Image credit: Andrew Whitton

If you want a break from dancing, Standon Calling and Festival No.6 have their own swimming pools available for all guests to go for a dip.

Farr Festival in Hertfordshire even has a series of giant hot tubs on site that groups can hire out. Festival No.6 has it’s own spa, overlooking it’s very own beach.

If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with good weather, you may even forget you’re in the UK.

3. Just go for a day

Download Festival Girls Running
Image credit: Matt Eachus / Download Festival

If you’re a first-time festival-goer or just a commitment-phobe, buying a day ticket is the perfect way to ease yourself into it.

Most UK festivals offer day ticket options which are often half the price, and most importantly, you don’t have to camp.

UK festivals including Reading and Leeds, Creamfields and Download sell single day tickets starting from £60 which grant you access to music and other festivities until early hours of the morning.

4. Find the glamour tent

This fairly new concept of being pampered on site has become increasingly popular at UK festivals. A few years ago Glastonbury introduced the “Vanity Van” and it seems many others are following suit.

You can now get your hair washed and styled in between acts and there are often even professional makeup artists to make sure you always look top-notch.

5. Take power packs for electrics

Best Festival Portable Charger

Having mobile phone battery is a vital part of festival survival! You will no doubt want to snap and share plenty of videos and pictures but this will inevitably drain its battery.

Charging stations on site can be expensive, so make sure you invest in a good quality power pack (or two) to charge your beloved electrics.

Not only will this save you money, it will also save you queuing at the charging stations. TheFestivals recently published a guide showing which battery packs will last for an entire festival.

Other battery-saving hacks include using airplane mode and low power mode as well as switching off data usage for apps you don’t need.

6. Go VIP

VIP ticket holders at Festival No.6 have access to the posh bar and restaurant facilities inside Castell Deudraeth, great for relaxing by the fire at 2AM! Image credit: The Integer Club

If money’s no object, splashing out on a VIP ticket may appeal to you. These premium tickets often include separate toilets and bars to avoid queues and some even offer backstage access.

However, not all VIP tickets are extravagantly priced with some starting from £100 per day.

Many UK festivals including Wireless and Boomtown have introduced their own ‘VIP village’ which gives ticket holders the chance to escape the busy mosh pits whilst still experiencing the festival atmosphere.

7. Feel rejuvenated

Gone are the days when going to a festival means not showering all weekend and coming home covered in mud.

Pop-up spas can now be found at most UK festivals meaning you can leave feeling more relaxed than when you arrived.

8. Use the lock-up facilities

In the midst of the excitement, festival-goers often forget to be streetwise with their belongings and a lost possession will certainly dampen the mood.

Most UK festivals have teamed up with security companies such as ‘Big Green Locker’ and ‘Event Locker Solutions’ to help keep people’s belongings safe, providing campers with lockers and cloakrooms to store their valuables whilst they go off and enjoy themselves.

9. Find my tent

Image credit: EE at Glastonbury

You’ve been walking a round watching acts all day and you’re ready to head back to camp, but where on earth is your tent?

If the worst part of camping for you is searching for your tent at 2am then you can now use your phone to pinpoint exactly where it is.

Festival Buddy (Android users) and BC Tent Finder (iPhone users) are apps that use GPS to locate your tent so you are not wandering around aimlessly looking for it every night. Phew!

If the festival you’re attending has its own official app, check if their app has an official map of the festival with built-in tent finder. The EE app for Glastonbury is brilliant for this.

10. Don’t camp!

Image credit: Ike of Spain

If the thought of staying in a tent brings you out in a cold sweat then why not treat yourself to a lovely cottage or apartment nearby? Snaptrip.com has over 60,000 stunning properties across the UK so no matter what festival you’re at, there is sure to be one nearby to rest your head after a hard day ‘festivaling’.

To help you find somewhere close to your favourite festival, Snaptrip.com has created this interactive map to help you find the nearest accommodation to loads of top UK festivals.

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