Crowd enjoying the music at a summer festival
Tips & tricks

Your festival survival guide

Summer is finally here. Which only means one thing… festivals!

We’ve all been there. Packed up our tent, eski and best mates into the car for a weekend of live music and good vibes, which is why we’re sharing our top tips for a fun and safe festival season

Stay hydrated

Drink lots of water. You’ll be outside, under the summer sun and dancing up a storm in the mosh pit, so it’s important to keep your fluids up. Heat-induced illnesses can actually be very dangerous and you’d hate to miss your favourite band with a trip to the first aid tent or worse. Bring a reusable bottle and fill up at water stations around the festival, which will keep you and the planet happy.

Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide

You know the drill! Protect your skin from the harsh Tassie sun. Slip on protective clothing. Slop on some SPF 30 water-resistant sunscreen (and don’t forgot to re-apply – we’ve all made that rookie mistake). Slap on a hat. Seek shade. And slide on some sunnies. You’ll be saving your skin and won’t have to endure a sleepless night with sunburn in a sleeping bag… ouch!

Dress comfy

There’s a lot of standing around and walking at music festivals, so comfy shoes that won’t give you blisters in the first five minutes are a must. It’s also a good idea to bring some gum boots in case it rains and gets muddy. Clothes for all weather is also a smart idea, especially in Tassie. It’s definitely worth packing a raincoat and your puffer jacket for when it gets cold at night.

Prep your wheels

Before you head off, fill up the tank at United and get six cents off per litre if you’re a member with us. It’s also important to make sure your car is up-to-date with its servicing, has plenty of water and oil, the battery isn’t running low, the lights and indicators are working and you’ve got the right tyre pressure. Top tip: check the placard inside the driver’s door to find out what PSI your tyres should be at. We recommend you go two PSI above what’s on the placard so your tyres last longer, you save petrol and reduce heat generation. If you do hit a bump in the road on your way, our roadside team is available 24/7 and can help you out.


Festivals are usually pretty pricy when it comes to food. You can save some dosh by packing as much of your own food as you can. Snacks that won’t go off easily such as muesli bars, apples and your go-to Arnott’s Shapes are always an easy option. You could also pick up a tasty burger before you hit the road from Burger Got Soul.


Everyone’s got a list of extra bits and pieces (and some things you really don't want to forget) that make the festival experience so much better. Here’s ours:

  • Your ticket;

  • Your ID;

  • Cash and a bank card;

  • Baby wipes for when those shower queues are way too long (or even worse, there are no showers);

  • A portable phone charger;

  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes and shoes;

  • Ear plugs for sleeping and protecting your ears from loud music;

  • Bathers and a towel (for festivals near the beach);

  • Bedding, such as a sleeping bag, mat, pillow and blanket;

  • Waterproof tent;

  • Tarp;

  • Camp chairs;

  • Portable gazebo (they’re easy to set up and great for seeking shade);

  • Band-Aids;

  • Paracetamol;

  • Hand sanitiser; and

  • Torch.

Look after yourself and your mates

Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Don’t drive distracted or tried. Don’t speed. And always wear your seat belt. It’s important to keep yourself, your mates and other festival-goers safe on the road – we want you all to arrive safely.