Picking out a tent for your festival camping needs

5 05 2013

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With the festival season approaching, thousands of people will already be gearing up for their big expedition. Of course, we’re all familiar with the big festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, but there are many other events both large and small. A weekend at a festival can leave you with enough memories to last a lifetime, but it certainly helps to make the right preparations. After all, you can’t always rely on the weather to help you out – as anyone who’s experienced a festival mudbath will no doubt testify. It’s a particularly good idea to take the time to pick out the right tent for your needs, and you’ll find an extensive selection of tents at GOOutdoors.co.uk. Here are a few things you should look out for when you come to find a festival tent.

As a post from Puretravel.com observes, you probably don’t need to spend too much on your festival tent. You’ll be spending most of your time exploring the festival site or watching the acts, so all you really need is a tent which is roomy enough and which is sufficiently robust to withstand the rigours of a festival weekend. Of course, this latter point is particularly important. There’s always a chance that you’ll encounter inclement weather during a music festival – even at the height of the summer – so you do need to ensure you buy a tent which is capable of standing up to the wind and rain should it put in an appearance.

Weight is another important consideration when you come to buy a festival tent. The chances are you’ll be facing a fairly lengthy walk to get to your campsite when you arrive, and you’ll probably be carrying quite a lot of other bits and pieces with you at the time. This means that you need to choose a tent which is fairly lightweight and compact so that you can carry it more easily. Naturally, you’ll also want to choose a Pop Up Tent from GO Outdoors which is easy to assemble – you won’t want to be spending hours of your precious festival time trying to put your tent together.

It’s also worth picking a tent which is eye-catching. It can be tricky to spot your tent when it’s among a sea of others – so if you can find one which is of a bright colour or has some other clearly distinguishable features, it should therefore be easier to find when you eventually return to your tent after a day’s revelling. Size is, naturally, another important consideration. You probably won’t want to be squashed up against the other people who’ll be with you, as a lack of sleep can really put a dampener on your festival weekend.

As a guide from GOOutdoors.co.uk notes, the mix of condensation, heat and general moisture can also lead to mould appearing in your tent – so this is something you’ll need to be aware of, particularly when you come to pack the tent away when you’re going home. Make sure you clean the tent down on the same day you leave, so that any mould is washed away. Make sure that any mess and debris has been scraped off properly before you pack your tent up. This should help you get more use out of your tent than you otherwise would.

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