You’ve bought the tickets, checked the line-up again and again, and are counting down the days to the festival. All that’s left is deciding what kind of accommodation you’d like to to stay in. What could be better than waking up in a campervan, surrounded by mountainous landscapes in a camping village with other excited festival-goers? While some attendees would opt for a tent, which creates the hassle of putting up and down, or an expensive hotel, which means forking out even more getting to and from the festival each day, a campervan provides both transport and accommodation in one, thus making things simpler and much more comfortable.
Most companies need to know in advance if you’re attending a festival in your campervan as some may charge additional fees. Suppliers in the United States will charge approximately US$500-1000 if you are travelling to certain festivals, whereas other suppliers may not charge a fee but require you to hire for a minimum amount of time. Another thing to remember is that many festivals will require you to purchase a pass to camp there, so be sure to check with the event you are attending to find out more. Be aware that limited passes and space may be available if taking a campervan, so it is best to get in early to avoid missing out. Checking the festival website will generally give you all the information about the camp grounds.
It is important to keep an eye on your keys and keep them on you at all times. Generally, suppliers will only give you one set of keys and being locked out of your campervan is not advisable nor fun! With some campervans you can split the habitation door key from the main ignition/cab key and this will enable two people access into the vehicle, just in the case your group gets divided. Remember to store your keys in a responsible place as searching for lost keys is the last way you’d want to spend your time at the festival.
Make sure you take all rubbish with you when leaving the festival, or dispose of it responsibly on site as many events have a ‘Leave No Trace’ policy. This keeps the environment clean and places minimal impact on the area, especially when large numbers are attending. Keeping the campervan clean is also a must, as suppliers will charge a cleaning fee if the vehicles are returned dirty. This includes both the interior and exterior. As many festivals can become dusty or muddy, especially festivals such as Glastonbury in the United Kingdom, it is advised to protect the interior to avoid additional costs. This can be done by using floor covers or a door mat. Many vehicles are equipped with a towing eye in case it needs to be towed from bad conditions.
Mark your campervan
As tens of thousands of attendees come to the event, it is wise to mark where your campervan is parked or remember specific points. This can save a lot of hassle looking for it after a long day of checking out your favourite acts, plus prevents you from wandering around late at night in the dark when all you feel like doing is relaxing. Many people will rent campervans from the same supplier and may look the same as yours, so it it crucial to keep an eye on your where you have parked your one.
One of the biggest advantages of staying in a campervan at a festival is having all the amenities provided. Don’t want to be constantly waiting for the bathroom line? No problem, as you’ll have your own on board! If you opt for a vehicle with a shower then even better, as you’ll be able to stay squeaky clean without the notoriously long shower queues. Another thing to find out is if the campsite allows generators, as you’ll be able cook your own meals and keep food fresh in the fridge. This saves money, rather than having to pay festival prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can add up to huge amounts.
Many suppliers offer a number of extras to make your festival stay even more enjoyable. Some may offer linen sets, satellite navigation and generators. One of the perfect extras that you may be able to hire is an outside dining set. There’s nothing better than relaxing outside with a group of friends over a meal or a few drinks when taking a breather from the excitement of the events.
We hope we’ve given you a some tips and tricks for travelling to a festival in a campervan and in our next blog, we’ll be bringing you some of our favourite summer festivals. For campervan hire simply visit our website or call our toll-free number on 0800 358 1229 to find out more!