You've got it mud.
DIG out your tent and pull on your wellies. It's that time of year when festival goers flock to the countryside to roll in mud, queue for hours at the loo and, if they're lucky, see the occasional band or two.
It's been mud, glorious mud for thousands of pop fans at Glastonbury for the past couple of years. And while event organisers asked festival- goers to take plenty of warm clothing, many spent the three-day event in a coating of soft earth.
With a little preparation, however, there's no reason why your festival experience should turn into a muddy hell.
It goes without saying that a bottle opener will be finding its way into the bag of every festival follower (along with a disposable camera so they can relive all those embarrassing moments over and over again). But once you've packed the nick- nacks, it's time for the essentials.
You know, something to sleep in, maybe even something to cook with ...
We asked outdoor specialists Tiso in Glasgow to come up with a list of must- haves for this summer.
THE ultimate festival essential for when you need to lie down after all that jiggling around.
It's also pretty useful for stashing your things in.
This Wynnster Mono-Dome (pounds 30) is ideal for first-time festival goers. It's cheap, and sturdy enough to last the weekend.
If, however, you're planning to make festival-going a habit this summer, you might want to consider doubling your money and investing in a Hummingbird. The beauty of this tent is that it comes with taped seams - an unusual feature on budget priced tents and something which is particularly useful if you're camping in Scotland. (Just don't forget the air freshener!)
FASTEN your camping mat to it; store your sleeping bag in it; use it to hide all your toilet rolls.
The Wynnster Spectrum 65 (pounds 30) is big enough to hold all your belongings, but not so big that you'll spend all your time trying to lift it off the ground.
The bottom compartment locks off so you can put your sleeping bag in; add a couple of accessory straps and you can fasten your camping mat to the top.
The extra pockets are great for storing toilet roll, as well as your water bottle. Then again, it also comfortably holds two cans of Tennents.
DON'T waste your Zippo fuel when lighting up to that ballad. The Petzl Micro (pounds 15) head torch straps around your head so you won't get lost.
JUST in case you manage to tear yourself away from the party for long enough to catch 40 winks, you'll be needing one of these.
The two season Camper sleeping bag (pounds 20) is specially designed for summer nights. Even in the Scottish climate you can rest assured the `mummy' shaped sleeping bag will insulate the heat, keeping you toasty warm.
Not only that, it rolls up surprisingly small so it won't take up valuable drink storage space in your rucksack.
Alternatively, take plenty of Bivi bags. They're good for using as groundsheets and if you're really cold you can always get inside.
For good measure, treat yourself to an Ajungilak Kompact Pillow (pounds 5.50) and don't forget to invest in a camping mat (pounds 8).
IF YOU'RE really conscientious, you'll want one of these. If you're not, there's always plenty of food stalls around.
The Campingaz Stove 206 (pounds 15) is a nifty little number. It will cook along nicely for at least two hours and takes just seven minutes to boil one litre of water.
The Lone Wolf Cookset (pounds 12) comprises saucepan with lid and folding handle, one large bowl and one medium bowl - so there'll be plenty should any unexpected guests pop round for tea.
Foodwise, check out Wayfarer's chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce (pounds 3). And to eat with, a plastic bowl, plate and cup (all pounds 1) and cutlery set (pounds 1) will do the trick.
TCP is a first aid essential but, before you empty the contents of your bathroom cabinet into your rucksack, the first aid pocket pack (pounds 8) is a simpler alternative.
DOs and DON'Ts of festival camping
DON'T leave things in your tent which can be nicked
DO padlock your tent because you'll find an old dosser sleeping in it when you get back
DON'T have too flash a tent otherwise it'll get nicked
DO Take waterproofs and wellies
DON'T wear stilettos
DO take a bunch of toilet paper in your pocket - there will be none when you get to the loo - guaranteed
DO put the drunkest person nearest the tent zip so they can make a sharp exit
DO wear a utility chic bag - that way you have it round your waist
DO take water to spray on you to cool down after dancing
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jun 5, 1999|
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