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Festival Survival Guide: Toilets

Infamous - can you survive them?

What can we say about the toilet situation? You're gonna have to go at some stage - do make sure you wash your hands after (clothes pegs for the nose and perfume to mask nasty smells are an optional extra) remember you really don't want 'festival tummy'! 'nuff said? We know that some people take immodium or similar to try and delay the inevitable with varying degrees of success - but sooner or later you will have to use them thar toilets.

While we're on the subject use the toilets - don't piss in the hedges - can you imagine the environmental damage caused by 100,000 people pissing in the hedges? (Not to mention the health risks). It's another thing that puts the future of the festival in jeopardy - Glastonbury were prosecuted under environmental health laws - and to be honest there's not much excuse for it at Glastonbury where there are a wealth of facilities.

Portaloos are found at most festivals with the advantage that they flush and they have locks (some activities you just don't want to share eh?) - the disadvantage is that they do stink - especially in the heat - put a bit of perfume or tiger balm under the nose before entering (honest it really does help!) You certainly don't want to be touching anything if you can help it and will have to perfect your hovering technique (so much easier for the boys in general!)

Long Drops are used at Glastonbury - they have the advantage of being more open and tend to stink a bit less - sometimes they have a lock on the door - sometimes not (which can be a bit off putting) but the open nature does make for a slightly 'better' toilet experience. They are basically stalls positioned over a large pit - we would advise that you don't look down!

Most festivals do have some form of washing facility adjacent to the loo's nowadays - use them! always wise to make sure you have a pack of wet wipes on you as well though.

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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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