When you’ve arrived at the festival, the first thing you need to do is set up your tent. First, find out where your camping ground is located. This should be easy to find as most festivals are very well co-ordinated and sign posted, but if in doubt, ask one of the event staff. These are the guys that make sure the whole event runs smoothly, they’ll be uniformed, clearly visible, and usually quite friendly.
Finding a place for your tent can be tricky if you don’t get in early. Try to find a space that has an area big enough for your tent and if you’re with a group, make sure there is enough room for everyone. Avoid locations next to toilets, there’s a reason why there’s so much free space around there!
With your tent all set up, scan around for a landmark that will help you find your way back, a pirate flag, yurt or teepee generally works quite well. Alternatively, you could fashion your own, just make sure you have a way to find your tent when
you come back at night, its really awkward when you walk into a strangers tent at 4am.
With your tent all set up, you’re ready to go. Pull out you’re site map and begin exploring. You could decide on a meeting point if you’re worried about losing your friends, sometimes there can be minimal network coverage because of the location, or the amount of people, so make an old fashioned back up plan just in case.
Now for the safety warning, if someone offers you anything that you’re unsure of, don’t take it! Do not accept drinks from strangers and be careful to leave your drink unattended even for a minute. If you’re the driver, make sure you can drive when it’s time to leave the site. Alcohol and drugs can remain in the system for a number of hours after consumption, so be sensible and make sure you give enough time to sober up before you leave.