What you need for a festival…

Morning hands in the air

Coachella officially kicked off 2014’s festival season in April this year and with Glastonbury last weekend there are certainly a whole summer full of events in the UK, it’s time to starting planning.

Festivals are famous for their hippy inspired outfits, flamboyant tents and sleepless camping nights. So to make sure you’re fully prepared for all the festivals, ABC Selfstore has composed an essentials guide to make sure you don’t forget a thing.

Let’s start with the necessities, a tent. Over the years tents have become more and more extravagant. Last year the festival scene witnessed a tent that looked like a sandwich, a piece of cheese and even one that was completely see-through. As crazy as these may look from the outside, the main aim is to keep you dry. Opt for a tent with two layers, they’re more likely to keep you dry if the sky opens.

Next you’ll need everything to make you feel comfortable, including chairs, cooking equipment, food and drink, clothes and the all-important sleeping paraphernalia. However, glamping (glamorous camping) is now the craze at most festival’s, people are now bringing their little luxuries like duck feather duvets, fancy folding chairs and even solar powered lamps.

Once you have everything you need for camping, it’s on to the festival gear. The outfit is a crucial statement whilst at a festival. Over the years we’ve seen crowds of smurfs, herds of people in onesies and gangs of super heroes. If you’re not a fan of fancy dress, make sure you pack the essentials like wellies, sunglasses and a bum bag. Don’t forget, if you’re in fancy dress or not, it’s imperative you pack a raincoat. Unlike Coachella, the UK isn’t guaranteed glorious sunshine.

There are a few things that may be required at a festival that may not be on your packing list. Baby wipes, the festival goer’s saviour, perfect for cleaning absolutely anything (including yourself). Torch, essential when looking for the loo, and finally, a unique flag. When you’re heading back to your tent after a long day of dancing to music, this little flag can act as a beacon to lead you back to your temporary home in a matter of minutes.

Once the festival is over it’s time to clean and pack away everything until next time. If you’re short of space for your watermelon shaped tent and your luxury folding chairs, we would be happy to help. We have flexible and affordable self storage units across London in Wandsworth, Camden and Southwark to keep all of your camping gear safe.

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