Where to Pitch
Location is everything
This is a real issue. Many people are so tired from the trek to the site, that they pitch their tent on the first spot they see and then move straight on to the more important activities at festivals like music and eating. Although you'll probably want to spend most of your time seeing music, it's worth finding a pleasant place to camp for the times you need to relax.
- Make sure you pick an elevated spot, on a slope or high ground – I have seen tents completely swamped in water and people swimming to retrieve valuables.
- Pitch away from the toilets, stinky!
- At some point people will start walking between the tents, make sure yours is away from the main path as if it starts raining or people have had too much to drink you may receive unwelcome visitors late at night. One way of achieving this is to pitch close to larger tents that people will be forced to walk around.
- Pitch near to recognisable objects so that you can find your way back e.g a flag
- If you have friends, resist the urge to camp in a wide circle, as things get more busy someone may decide to pitch in the middle!
- It is not wise to pitch under power lines for health reasons. I have done this before and felt like I was vibrating by the end of it.
- Try to make sure that you have a view. Sometimes it is nice to have something to look at in the mornings or if you are feeling lazy, rather than the back of someone's tent.