If you're heading to Glastonbury or T in the Park this summer, make sure your car is festival-ready
You've battled your way through the cobwebs in the attic to retrieve your tent and last year's mud-stiff sleeping bags are getting a good airing on the washing line.
But have you thought about your car? Is your mode of transport to this year's festival ready for it?
Yes, it's official, festival season is upon us! And to mark the occasion, car hire company Europcar, has enlisted the help of seasoned festival-goer, Ed McCambridge, to provide a list of handy tips for festival-goers and their cars.
Whether you're heading to Worthy Farm for Glastonbury, driving over to the Isle of Wight for Bestival, hot-footing it to V Festival or cruising up to Perthshire for T in the Park, festivals have become a staple of British summertime.
As any seasoned pro will tell you, preparing yourself for a weekend festival isn't just remembering to pack a mac (though it'll definitely help!) For that truly enjoyable festival experience, there's a lot to consider and that includes your car.
More than just a car
"As a festival-goer with more than 10 festivals under my belt already, I've learnt that when it comes to camping, a little preparation goes a long way," said 23-year-old Ed.
"And getting your car festival-ready can make a big difference to the whole experience.
"First of all, does the car have enough boot space for all of the festival essentials? Plus, think about the car as a good backup if the tent falls down or the weather gets just too bad to sleep under canvas. Do the seats recline to comfortable sleeping levels and are the heating and air-con in working order?
"The latest cars also have plenty of other added extras that only the shrewdest of festival-goers will think to exploit. For instance, a car's lighter socket can provide the energy supply for a whole host of appliances with the right adapter - from phone charger to hair straighteners.
"And investigate storage space in the car. I once went to the Isle of Wight Festival with a friend whose car had a cavity under the boot so drinks were ice-cold all weekend!
"Four-wheel drive is always a good shout given the UK climate. I've certainly seen my fair share of mud baths over the years and, trust me; you don't want to be pushing your car out of the mud, bleary-eyed the morning after. Plus, needless to say, a good sound system will postpone the post-festival blues for the journey home."
Festival-ready car checklist
- You'll want a large boot for all festival essentials
- Comfy seats in case you need to catch a few winks and your tent's in a heap
- Working air-con and heating
- An adaptable lighter socket (12v) for little luxuries
- A cool place to store food and drink, helping to avoid supermarket runs
- Four-wheel drive to overcome the mud baths often seen at Glastonbury
- A good sound system for the journey home
Other things to consider before you set off
- Plan your journey and make sure you have the best route
- Make sure you have enough fuel
- Check your car is in good working order oil, coolant, tyre pressures and screen wash
- Allow extra time as the roads will be filled with fellow festival-goers
- Avoid busy commuter times
- Follow official festival signage to get to designated car parks
- Be prepared! Take some water and snacks in case you do hit festival traffic hot spots