How To Get To A Festival
You've packed all your clothes and gear, have your food ready and your drinks stashed.
Now you need to get to your festival.
However you choose to get to your festival, by car or coach, train or plane, you want your journey to be as safe and easy as possible.
Make sure you preplan your route and your packing before you go so you can get there with ease.
Coaches have excellent deals and offers when it comes to festivals, and many coach companies drop you off ‘at the door’ of the festival site, as well as giving you discounted rates.
Look online for cheap deals and tickets, or visit you rnereast tourist information area in your town or city to see if they are running any coach to festival deals.
- Fight off boredom by taking a book or an audio cd/downloading some podcasts.
- Take food with you, as many coaches don't sell food, and you don't want to go rifling through your packed bag for sustenance.
- From our experience, try use the toilet before you leave the coach. Although you may not realise it at the time, a coach toilet is better than a festival toilet!
- Train companies offer early bird discounts to people who book early so try book in advance if possible and use any discounts you ma have such as a Young Person's Railcard.
- Make sure you get the closest station, and then check out the internet of the festivals web site to see if they offer transfers direct to the site.
- Many festivals direct you do a local area where they then pick you up in a minibus.
- Stash your luggage such as rucksacks safely, and don’t forget your stuff in your hurry to get off the train!
- Make sure you keep your return ticket safely stored away in a dry area of your bag or in a chest wallet.
- Depending on the location of the festival, cars are ideal for heading to your weekend of fun and are usually easy to park at and well signposted.
- Choose to fill your car seats up with as many willing passengers as you can. This splits the cost of petrol and parking as well as making for a greener choice and a dainty carbon footprint.
- Check out the parking situation on line before you get there so you get to the right car park for your ticket entrance.
- Have printed directions on hand to guide you in if your sat nav suddenly stops, or as a back up if the postcode directs you to a derelict warehouse instead of your festival fields.
- Don’t forget loose change for parking when you get on site.
- Pack heavier bags and cans, cool boxes and similar into your car first, adding on lighter layers such as sleeping bags and mats.
- Soft items such as cushions and picnic blankets can sit in the main body of the car, freeing up precious boot space.
- Make a mix CD for the journey
- Sweets and sugar can keep you energised
- A coffee can be a good pick me up, and if you're really tired, try and swap the designated driver so long as they are a) insured and b) sober. If not, pull over and try perk up or nap.
- Games to play include: I Spy, I went to the supermarket, as well as Snog, Marry, Avoid (or a similar theme!) and Guess The Song using an Ipod shuffle and an intro.
- If you have a sat nav, lock it in the boot rather than taking it on site or leaving it on display.
- Take a wheel lock or a secure clamp for your car, even if it is an authorised, official car park, still be cautious of thieves.
- •If you do use a sat nav, and you stick it to the window on it’s stand, don’t forget a tissue to wipe of the tell-tale circular ring the suction pad imprints, which notifies thieves that you have a sat nav.
- Keep all your belongings locked away if they are in the car, even taking the time to coverup loose change and CD’s. The key to staying safe and secure is making your car as unappealing and difficult to enter to thieves as possible.
- Take a mobile phone charger that works via your cigarette lighter for en route last minute charging, and for boosting your phone before you head home in case of an emergency.
- A spare key left with a friend is a good idea, just don’t leave a spare key in the car. This also goes for all your car documents as well.
- Take an AA or RAC card if you’re a member for rescue missions if your car breaks down
- Make sure before you set off you give the car a full check for oil, tyre tread, clutch, brakes and other emergency tweaks.
- If you get stuck fast in festival mud, use a flat surface to heave your tyres out. In a rear wheel drive, this can be quite tricky. A roll mat or even some cardboard can work as a makeshift ramp to help your car get moving again so you can get back home.
- Make sure every car passenger is aware of the location of the car, and not just the driver/owner. If the driver gets sick/hungover/delirious, you need to find the car again, without their help, so stay aware of the car’s location, and make sure you know where the keys to it are being kept.