Electric Picnic Survival Kit
With Ireland’s top music and arts festival kicking off this Friday in Stradbally, Co. Laois, we thought we would put together our top ten tips for surviving the weekend. Whether you’re planning on three days of debauchery or some cultural, child-friendly camping, there should be something here to help you make the most of your EP experience.
1. Take toilet paper
We have listed this in first place for a reason. You can never underestimate the importance of having your own stash – the portaloo paper runs out rapidly.
2. Decant your drink
Glass bottles are not permitted on site so make sure to switch to plastic if you’re bringing your own booze.
3. Mark your territory
It can be difficult to identify your tent at three in the morning after one too many rock shandies. A colourful flag or unique tent will help you find your way home.
4. Pack painkillers
Need we explain this one?
5. Be practical
Swap the high heels (it happens) and handbags for flats and a backpack or over-the-shoulder satchel.
6. Stock up on snacks
Chocolate, breakfast bars and jelly sweets are great for boosting energy levels. There are shops down there but it’s worth having your own stash. Same goes for bottled water.
7. Safeguard your valuables
Ideally, leave anything non-essential at home but if you do bring items of value, make sure you keep them on you at all times (money belts worn under your clothes are a good call) and padlock your tent at night to deter any unwanted visitors.
8. Prepare for every season
We all know how comically changeable Irish weather can be. Rain gear, suncream, sunglasses and extra blankets/clothes for nighttime are vital.
9. Take extra caution with children
If you are toting the tots along, make sure they are wearing/carrying (waterproof) identification at all times in case they get lost. Ear protectors are also must-haves for mini festival-goers.
10. Keep it clean
Baby wipes are crucial for avoiding the shower queues and disinfectant hand gel will help minimise portaloo-related health risks. Dry shampoo and hats also help disguise an unwashed mop.
Finally, don’t forget your toothbrush, or any of these easily-overlooked essentials:
Suncream, a torch (with batteries), a cooler bag for beer, plasters, a fully charged phone and deodorant.