Last year we experienced our very first wet Camp Bestival and I wrote a post with my top tips for beating the rain at a festival.
This year we had the opposite problem. We have had a glorious 6 weeks of heatwave conditions here in Dorset, with little to no rain, which brings its own set of problems.
We arrived at Camp Bestival on Thursday morning on the hottest day of the year (so far) ready to do battle with the hills and find the perfect position to pitch.
Top Tips for surviving a heatwave at a festival
1. Tent Pegs
The problem with no rain and trying to pitch a tent is that the ground is solid and the standard round wire tent pegs you get when you buy your camping equipment, just don’t cut it.
Check the weather conditions before you leave and invest in better tent pegs. Rock pegs would have been better for solid ground conditions that we experienced.
2. Make your own shade
Tents get uncomfortably hot in warm weather. Take a gazebo, parasol or sunshade to help make some artificial shade. We love our Field Candy sunshade, which can be easily moved depending on the position of the sun and offers UPF 50+ protection from UV rays.
3. Don’t fully zip the tent doors up at night and open up the ventilation window
We zipped up the fly sheet to keep the bugs out, but left the tent doors partially unzipped to let the air circulate. Make sure your chosen tent has a venilation window. Do keep your valuables away from the doors though.
4. Drink lots of water
It is vital to stay hydrated to help avoid sunstroke. Camp Bestival is great as they have free drinking water all around the site. Remember to hide bottles in a cool place so the water doesn’t warm up before you drink it.
5. Take a battery-powered fan
Portable fans are great for keeping cool, especially if you cannot find shade and handheld fans don’t take up too much room.
6. Wear a hat
A wide-brimmed hat will protect your neck and ears and provide some shade for your back and shoulders.
7. Protect your skin
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and remember to invest in a decent sunscreen. We are currently using EVY Sun Mousse which absorbs easily, does not irritate sensitive skin and is suitable for use by all the family.
8. Take a first aid kit
Taking a first aid kit is essential on any day out. As well as plasters and bandages, I always add paracetamol (adults and kids), insect repellant, my Zap-It insect bite relief tool. It is a small handheld piezo device, that generates a harmless (no stronger than a gentle pinch) low, electrical impulse when ‘clicked’ against a bite. These ‘zaps’, created by crystals, work to reduce histamine flow and stimulate capillaries into flushing out toxins, thereby stopping the urge to itch and scratch.
Also add baby wipes……..great for cleaning cuts, cooling a sweaty brow as well as dealing with muddy fingers and knees.
9. Take sleeping bags and warmer clothing
It might be baking hot in the daytime, but the nights can still be chilly. The kids all had fleece onesies and we all appreciated being snuggled up in our sleeping bags during the night.
10. Be prepared for a change in the weather
The forecasts for the weekend had it being glorious, however, in true British weather style it changed for the worst on Saturday night with torrential rain and high winds. If you think the weather is changing, remember to check your tent pegs, using every stake loop, so that the wind can’t get under the tent and start to lever it up, take down any flags you are flying and take the gazebo down, otherwise you might find it in the next field!
Do you have any tips for surviving a heatwave at a festival?