Friday, 22 March 2013

Don’t forget your toothbrush at T in the Park

2013 sees the 20th anniversary of T in the Park, the biggest festival in Scotland. Running since 1994, this year’s festival runs from 12th – 14th July with a line-up including Kraftwerk, Mumford & Sons, The Killers and Rihanna.
T in the Park has a whopping nine stages this year (some of which will be in the camping area) so that the field party can continue long into the night. So, let’s look at the essentials you’ll need for this Scottish dirt-fest:
At an average of 19 degrees in July and unpredictable rain, you should pack items for warmer days such as t-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, a hat and flip flops but it’s also wise to include long trousers and a jumper for the evening when the temperature drops. To tackle any rainfall, take along a waterproof lightweight jacket and wellies too. Bear in mind that denim is heavy and takes a long time to dry if you get wet.

Your camping basics include a tent, mallet and plenty of pegs. It’s also a good idea to take along duct tape and string to fix any last minute disasters. A torch (and spare batteries) will help you out at night – and of course you’ll need a sleeping bag and a mat to sleep on. If you take along an empty pillow case, you can fill it with clothes while you’re sleeping to save space in your bag. You’ll also need toilet roll, a large water bottle, sterilisation tablets and perhaps a few snacks to keep you going between meals.
Now for the beauty tips: Travel beauty is a tricky one to tackle but you can stay looking and feeling fresh with baby wipes, deodorant, perfume or aftershave and dry shampoo as you won’t have access to a shower for a few days. Moisturiser and sun cream will protect your skin from the sun’s rays – and don’t forget your toothbrush (and toothpaste). It’s also a good idea to take some basic first aid items such as plasters, antiseptic cream, antihistamine (for insect bites), safety pins and scissors.
Battery operated hair straighteners are a God send at festivals too and should help to combat any humidity. In terms of makeup tips, although it’s easier to keep the makeup minimal, take along waterproof mascara too.
If you’re going to be drinking alcohol while you’re at the festival, painkillers will be your best friend. Make sure you keep hydrated too though; drink plenty of water if you’re going to be in the sun for long periods of the day.
There’s also no harm in taking along some entertainment and extra items for your journey, or for down time in the tent. Items such as a music player, small (battery operated) speakers and a magazine or book should help to pass the time while you’re waiting for your favourite band.

This post was written in partnership with my friends at Cosmo
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