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Festival Survival Guide: Keeping Clean

Not easy but perfectly possible

OK - so not easy at your average festival, but not impossible either - although there are usually some washing facilities somewhere they won't be the best - try taking a bowl to fill with water from the taps. Better still take a water container - you can find some cheap collapsible containers with taps that are just right for this situation - fill it up in advance and you have instant personal washing facilities.

Wet wipes are a good standby for hands before and after eating, and absolutely essential for those dodgy toilet moments! personal hygiene is absolutely essential at a festival which - let's face it - is a prime breeding ground for nasty little germs. You can ger some great spray deodorisers that will fit neatly into your pocket too!

Girls - sods law says that your period will start just in time for that festival weekend - make sure you take enough tampons with you - and wet wipes (unperfumed of course!) - will be indispensable for use both before and after that loo visit. Make sure you've got some pain killers on you if you're prone to cramps - just don't take too many and be wary of mixing with alcohol.

Deodorant is essential and perfume can mask a multitude of sins! Hair washing is just too difficult - theoretically it could be done under a tap but to be honest it's just not a good idea - get your hair as you want it before you go (dreads, plaits and extensions will get you through brilliantly) otherwise take a hat or scarf to tie fetchingly and create your own individual look! - as far as fashion goes absolutely anything goes at a festival and you can get away with crafting your hair in ways you'd never dream of in any other situation - so have fun with it and don't stress.

Don't forget your toothbrush! - just don't okay - all that excess will leave your mouth feeling like the inside of a festie toilet - you will so need to brush your teeth! Chewing gum might help but it only helps so much.

If it rains it will get wet and muddy - so will you! - there is nothing you can do about it so just accept it - just make sure you've packed a spare set of clothes to get you home.

Don't forget to take a towel!

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Fantastic Article - Other Suggestion
Written by Dan Rushton | 26th Jul 2011
Hi All,

A great article with some good tips. I recently went to Glastonbury and took some Oasis Bed Bath Wash Cloths with me from Synergy Health. They were a really easy way to keep clean and they even do a shampoo cap which is pretty cool.


Article Info

Festival Survival Guide
Keeping Clean
Festival Survival Guide Index
Part 1. The Safeconcerts Festival Survival Guide
Getting the best from your festival experience
Part 2. Preparation
Some important stuff to do before you're ready to go
Part 3. Security and Stewards
On site security and stewards - what you should know
Part 4. On Your Way
What to do en route and on arrival
Part 5. Your Stuff
How best to keep it safe
Part 6. Pitching Your Tent
Some useful tips for your temporary home
Part 7. Your Body
Keep it safe - it's yours and you have choices
Part 8. Keeping Clean
Not easy but perfectly possible
Part 9. Your Clothes
Keep cool, warm and dry and still keep your cred!
Part 10. Drugs and Alcohol
Be wise, be safe, take care
Part 12. Camp Fires
Not a good idea, why?
Part 13. Toilets
Infamous - can you survive them?
Part 14. Children at Festivals
Fun for all the family?
Part 15. Crowd Safety at Festivals
Keeping safe in a dense crowd - crowd surfing and moshing

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