Tips for a festival

As I’ve been away for a long time, I need to fill you in on a few adventures that I have had, first things first, a festival.

In August, I went to Reading festival. I won’t lie, I was feeling very apprehensive about this but I really wanted to go.

There were so many things that could go wrong.

What if I have to camp far away and I can’t get to toilets in the middle of the night?

What if the toilets are so disgusting I can’t use them?

What if I have to poo in a bush/bucket?

What if I have an accident in my tent because I got drunk, passed out, and couldn’t wake to use the bathroom.

What if, what if, what if?

Emailing the organisers of the event, I found that because of my need of the toilet urgently, and the fact I use it so frequently, I was actually entitled to use the disabled part of the campsite.

The relief was insane. The fact that I could get access to close toilets, not only on the campsite, but in the arena as well, was such a weight off my shoulders.

I packed a RIDICULOUS amount of toilet roll, enough for a small family. Could you imagine being in a stinky portaloo, your busting, about to poo yourself and you have no toilet roll?

None to put on the seat, and none to wipe your bum.

The thought actually brings me out in a cold sweat.

Baby wipes and antibacterial gel are your best friends. Pack plenty.

Loperamide. I took so many tablets I only had to get up once in the night. On the other side I did have a bit of a bloated tummy but its better than having some kind of accident!

Water. Drink lots of water but do try to bring dioralyte with you if you’re feeling a little dehydrated.

I forgot to bring any but luckily they had an onsite pharmacy which I could buy some from. It was very expensive so bring some with you.

Paper towels for your bum. I didn’t want to sit on the seats so I would give it a wipe and put paper towels down. They’re a little thicker than toilet roll so I felt a little more comfortable parking my bum on the seat.

Food. Now I am still trying to avoid wheat where possible but it was quite difficult at the festival.

The first night we had a barbeque which meant I could limit the wheat intake, but after that it was quite tricky as wheat is everywhere. If you do have dietary requirements, have a browse of what you could pack with you that won’t spoil over the few days.

Or you can risk it, like me. It wasn’t too bad, but by the last day I was starting to feel it a little bit.

Enjoy yourself. I was a little bit worried about going to the festival, a little too worried about all the possibilities of what could go wrong, so I was a little tense. Have fun and enjoy the experience.

I would definitely go to another festival. If I could offer any more advice it would be to watch out for long periods of time on your feet. If you’re prone to dizzy spells and getting hot easily, like yours truly, just take 15 minutes out to have a bit of a sit and some water, and I am sure you’ll be fine.

Listen to your body, it will tell you if you’re pushing it a little too hard!