5 Things I’ve Learnt From My 1st Festival

V Fest

Going to a festival is something I’ve always wanted to do, to not only see so many of my favourite artists perform but also secretly to be able to those instagram worthy chic festival outfit shots. But, as I’m a girl who loves her home comforts of electricity and heating I honestly didn’t think the festival life was going to be for me; even to the point I suggested we stay in a hotel when we went to V Fest instead of Camping. However, this weekend V Fest took my festival virginity, and so I thought I would share five things I learnt from my first festival….

1.I Can Survive Camping
After a bad camping experience when I was in the Guides, where I got freezing cold and hated every minute of it, I honestly thought I would not be able to survive another camping trip. I just didn’t think I was cut out for sleeping under canvas all night and not being able to get into my warm bed and snuggle up in my duvet every night.

However, this weekend at V Festival has taught me that I actually can survive camping. I’m far from saying I would go camping for a holiday or that I absolutely loved it, but it really made the whole festival experience to be able to be in that campsite environment. I even managed to get some sleep, not be too cold during the night and look half decent in the morning, which was a massive bonus to the weekend.

2.VIP is worth it

This year we decided to try going VIP and see what it was like and if it was really worth the money. With no queue’s, an exclusive undercover bar area, amazing food stalls,  benches to sit on and ultimately proper clean toilets, which were not portaloo’s, the VIP area made my experience a lot better. It allowed us to get away from all the crowds, stay dry and have time just to chill between acts.

However, I will say that it’s only worth it if you have gaps in your day where you’re not seeing anyone perform, otherwise you would never have any time to go to the VIP area and the extra money you spent on the ticket would be wasted.

3.Never take your clean toilet for granted

This is a bit of a random one, but I honestly never thought I could miss a clean, nice smelling, porcelain toilet so much in my life. After 4 days of using portaloo’s for nearly every toilet trip, that had no toilet paper, just a bit of cheap hand gel to wash your hands and not even a proper lock; meaning I had to hold the door shut whilst I did my business, having a normal toilet was so amazing.

4.Embrace the festival look

I’m one of those people who always likes to look well put together and glamourous, however at a festival where you’re camping, it’s just not possible. Unless you’re going for a real glamping experience, where you stay in a yurt with a proper bed, heating and hot showers; otherwise you just can’t achieve the look you do at home. You can’t wash properly, you don’t have the proper light to do your makeup and your hair is completely natural and has probably be caught in the rain about 15 times.

So, you just have to go with the festival look and embrace the messy hair, the slight mismatch of the colour of your wellies with your outfit, and rock the glitter and the plaited hair; as that’s the best way to get through it.

5.Festivals are an amazing experience and something everyone should go to

Honestly no matter what age your are, who you are or whether you love camping or not, you should go to a festival. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and even though I had a bit of a hate for camping, I survived it and had the most amazing time. If I can do it, trust me anyone can.

They have the most amazing vibe, everyone is so relaxed and super friendly, me and my best friend made a friend every time we went to the toilet, and you make so many amazing memories. Get al your favourite people around you, get a good tent, plenty of food and drink and just be properly prepared, and you’ll have a great time.

Have you visited any festivals this summer?

Rachel x

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