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Festival Diary 2013

Best Festival Camping Tips #1 – Tents

Festival Camping Tent

Get your tent right and you are well on your way to a successful festival camping experience, get it wrong and you could well be on your way to disaster, believe me, I have got this wrong before and misery, serious lack of sleep and much discomfort lead to an unhappy festival experience. You have spent a lot of money on festival tickets, getting to the festival and all that entails, so please spend some time and get the tent right. Good luck.

Basic questions:

  • How many of you will it sleep?
  • How tall is the tallest person in the tent?
  • How much time do you want to spend pitching your tent?
  • What experience do you have in pitching tents?

Festival Camping is not like traditional camping, so be careful not to go out and get a nice, quality tent if you are going to one of the more cramped festivals such as Glastonbury or Reading and Leeds – be warned that your tent will have a good chance of being damaged as the conditions are very very cosy and the chances of fellow festival campers tripping over and falling on your tent are pretty high. Many festival campers tend to abandon their tent at the end of the festival and just walk away from it considering that the effort of packing it away is not worth it in their urge to get home and have a shower. If however you are going to a more tranquil festival and camping you may find a more traditional form of camping and  a higher quality tent might to be more appropriate.

Our Top 3 Festival Camping Tents


High Peak Minipack Two Man Tent I love this tent for its traditional style, value for money and dimensions and I am going to recommend it to those of you on a tight budget. There are some great reviews on the Amazon page which will help you consider this as an option. Pitching time is estimated at about 20 minutes and is suitable for those of you with absolutely no experience.

Coleman Coastline Plus Three Man Tent For those with a slightly larger budget but still reasonable, take a look at this. Verging on the ‘proper camping’ kit list, this little beauty will give you that extra bit more comfort and reassurance of staying dry in those inevitable camping festival downpours. This tent is also selling really well and has some really helpful reviews on Amazon.

Coleman Weekend 6-Person Tent – Blue/GreyIf there are 4-6 of you looking to share a tight bit of space for the festival then check this out. Split the cost between you and pay peanuts for a tent which will certainly get you through one festival, possibly two, but at this price you can afford it.

These are my three favourite budget camping festival tents. There are loads more tents to suit all budgets over on Amazon with great reviews on many of them so check them out. Remember to get the height of your biggest camper and make sure that it fits them first. Two to five nights sleeping in a cramped tent will raise tensions and take some of the fun out of it. Don’t get caught out.


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Festival Diary 2013

Tent Store – Best Festival Camping Tents

Visit our Tent Store for your top festival camping tents

You need to get your tent right before everything else. Your tent is absolutely crucial to your festival camping experience. Whatever your budget you will find a great buy here, so good luck. If you need a steer then why not take a look at our 10 Best Festival Tents.

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