1. Travel by public transport if you can – there are shuttle buses from Castle Cary station and the trains are full of happy Festival-goers who can help you find your way once you reach the site too.
2. Travel light – however you get to the Festival, it’s a long walk from the bus depot or car parks to your camp site. Bring kit that you can easily carry yourself.
3. Check your tent before you leave home – make sure you have all the poles, guy ropes etc and you know how to pitch it. Nothing worse than arriving in the rain/dark and finding you’re missing a flysheet. Find a way to personalise/locate your tent so you can find it in the sea of Eurohike domes and Quechua pop-ups.
4. Make friends with your campsite neighbours, not only to keep an eye on each other’s stuff but to buddy up during the Festival too.
5. During the Festival keep an eye out for the daily Festival newspaper to find out what’s on. The interesting stuff is rarely on the main stages.
6. The Festival is massive and heaving with people. Head to your tent or a quiet space in the far reaches of the Greenfields to escape the madding crowds once in a while.
7. Look after yourself and others. Clean your hands often – there are either taps or hand sanitiser available by the loo blocks – and try to get enough sleep/food/drink/sun protection etc.
8. Do not wee in the bushes. The Green Police will get you! Bring a portable urinal for night time (web search portable urinal) there are male and female versions available cheaply and you’ll be glad of it when you can’t face trudging to the less than fragrant bogs at 4am. Empty it down the Festival loos.
9. Get an afternoon shower in the Greenpeace field – hot water, eco shower gel and tranquillity, you’ll feel much better for it – afternoons are much quieter than the early morning monster queue.
10. Leave no trace – take home all of your possessions and camping equipment, bin all of your rubbish and leave your camping spot spotless.