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has anyone got any tips for t in the park?

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ssd Mon 06-Jul-15 14:56:45

ds is going for the first time

any tips for a terrified mum would be great

eg how much money to take/how to keep your stuff from being nicked

how to charge mobiles so I can text him all the time

what to take

how much food to take

anything else that anyone thinks of!


OOAOML Mon 06-Jul-15 22:39:59

not been to T, but you can get battery charge packs in TK Maxx which I find handy for a charge or so.

BlueThursday Tue 07-Jul-15 07:48:45

You can pre-buy cases of beer so if there's a group it can work out quite well, maybe have a look at that.

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 09:31:12

he's 17, drink is the last thing I want to buy him

Whathaveilost Tue 07-Jul-15 09:38:34

First time my DS went to a gig I made him keep his decent phone t home and let him use an old almost forgotten one in the back of a draw. Then there was no issues if it got nicked. I just gave him a spare battery.

He took nothing of value.
He was with a crowd of decent lads but I knew they would probably have a drink so I let him take a few tinnies from Asda rather than pay a ridiculous mount of money inside the festival.
Again, they used an old tent. There was no way I was letting him borrow my Terra Nova!

They had a blast.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 07-Jul-15 09:41:10

He's 17 - drink is going to be the first thing he does! wink

DD is going to this too - it's her second festival. I will ask about money etc. They're buying food today, I think lots of fillers (Pringles) and a bag of oranges, but I'll look later.

They take any old 'brick' phone they can borrow from someone's dad that's been kept in working order but they won't mind losing... and she's bought a cheapy bum bag to avoid having a pick-able backpack on.

Your DS may not want to do this, but she and her friends have made bunting to tie round their tents so they'll be easy to find as a group - I think landmarks are useful late at night!

Friends have bought 'refresher' passes for showers, but dd hasn't (hmm) - they're sold out now anyway, so my comments on that are redundant...

Maroonie Tue 07-Jul-15 09:49:51

Wheelie bin liners!
Put sleeping bag, clothes, towels etc inside them so if it rains it's kept dry.
Wheelie bin liners are also big enough to sleep in so get inside a sleeping bag then inside a liner and you'll be dry and warm all night.
Don't take anything you would t mind losing, keep anything valuable on you at all times.
Also Sun cream and baby wipes.
The toilets always run out of paper so take your own.
Il keep thinking and come back if I remember anything.

Maroonie Tue 07-Jul-15 09:52:14

Agree with something to make the tent easier to find, maybe a flag?
Or even just put their tent close to someone with a flag, I have often found my way back knowing I'm near the tent with the big pirate flag (or something like that)

OOAOML Tue 07-Jul-15 10:58:41

My parents live near where it used to be, and apparently shewees were the order of the day for female festival goers.

BloodyDogHairs Tue 07-Jul-15 11:19:51

Whats Sheewee's shock

OOAOML Tue 07-Jul-15 12:34:51

It is a device that women can use to pee standing up. There was an article on them in Good Housekeeping once which referred to them as Female Urination Devices and helpfully shortened this to FUDS - oh how I cackled in a very unladylike manner grin

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 20:32:38

dont think he'll need that!!

whats a wheelie bin liner, is it a binbag? where do you buy them?

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 20:33:25

also should he take a backpack as well as a big holdall to carry his stuff there in?

BloodyDogHairs Tue 07-Jul-15 20:43:05

Ah a shewee is that grin my sister goes every year and says the males fill bottles with urine the chuck it into the crowds! confused

ssd, definitely a holdall to carry all his stuff then a smaller one he will carry around when he leaves the tent for his phone, money etc.

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 20:47:00

eeewww at pee in bottles shock

will look out an old backpack to carry stuff around in, boys dont wear bumbags, do they? confused

and the wheelie bin liners, do they hold a lanky teenage boy nearly 6 foot in them?

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 20:48:41

also, how much money to take and how do they stop it being nicked?
he's going thursday to sunday shiver, how much £ should he take?

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 20:51:23

I bought him the refresher pack thingy, does he just need toiletries and a towel, are there hairdryers there?

SoljaBonita Tue 07-Jul-15 20:53:14

Hairdryer? At a festival?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 07-Jul-15 20:54:45

just need toiletries and a towel, are there hairdryers there?

Seriously? You'll be lucky if he cleans his teeth once while he's there. He's 17 - let him get on with it and don't let him take anything valuable that isn't his.

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 20:59:47

also (sorry), where does he get the refresh wristband from, he says he has the ticket for it but does he get the wristband at the park?

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 21:01:31

christ you dont know him, he's worse than a girl, he showers every day and goes nowhere without brushing his teeth and gelling his hair, he hates wearing anything thats creased and wont wear anything twice (can just imagine how the weekend will go grin)

BloodyDogHairs Tue 07-Jul-15 21:06:06

In that case expect him back on friday night grin for a wash, especially with the downpours of rain lately.

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 21:24:07

we are thinking that might happen grin

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 07-Jul-15 22:19:51

He probably will have to get on board with wearing stuff twice!
Dd is taking £50: she reckons that's enough to buy a burger or something every night, and she has a rucksack half full of pop tarts and the like - as well as little cans of pimms and lemonade etc.

I would say, being a huuuuge veteran of these things after she went to one last year wink: he won't text or call as much as you'd like, and you'll send him little 'hey hope all is ok?' Messages and then get anxious when he doesn't reply ... But he'll be ok, and you'll hear from him when he needs you to pick him up from the station!

He will have a brilliant time. You'll just be a bit on edge this weekend!

ssd Tue 07-Jul-15 23:00:38

so true!!

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