1. Travel by public transport if you can. There are shuttle buses from Castle Cary station and the trains are full of happy Festival-goers who can help you find your way once you reach the site too.
2. Travel light – only bring what you will actually use. However you get to the Festival, it’s a long walk from the bus depot or car parks to your camp site. Bring kit that you can easily carry yourself.
3. Check your tent before you leave home. Make sure you have a tent that is fit for purpose and made to last. Check that you have all the poles, guy ropes etc and you know how to pitch it. There is nothing worse than arriving in the rain/dark and finding you’re missing a flysheet. Find a way to personalise/locate your tent so you can find it in the sea of Eurohike domes and Quechua pop-ups.
4. Make friends with your campsite neighbours. Not only to keep an eye on each other’s stuff but to buddy up during the Festival too.
5. Get your daily Glastonbury Free Press newspaper. The free daily paper, printed on an old printing press on-site in the Theatre & Circus field, is loaded with great tips on things to see and do. The interesting stuff is rarely on the main stages.
6. Seek some solace in the Greenfields. The Festival is massive and heaving with people. Head to your tent or a quiet space in the far reaches of the Greenfields to escape the madding crowds once in a while.
7. Look after yourself and others. Clean your hands often – there are either taps or hand sanitiser available by the loo blocks – and try to get enough sleep/food/drink/sun protection etc.
8. Do not wee in the bushes or waterways. The Green Police will get you! Bring a portable urinal for night time (web search portable urinal) there are male and female versions available cheaply and you’ll be glad of it when you can’t face trudging to the less than fragrant bogs at 4am. Empty it down the Festival loos.
9. Treat yourself to an afternoon shower in the Greenpeace field. After a dose of hot water, eco shower gel and tranquillity, you’ll feel – and perhaps even smell! – much better. Afternoons are much quieter than the early morning monster queue.
10. Leave no trace. Take home all of your possessions and camping equipment, bin all of your rubbish and help leave your camp site cow-ready and spotless.