We’ve all witnessed the scenes: a decimated festival wasteland of post-apocalyptic proportions. Broken tents, windows and doors flapping in the wind, overturned cool boxes leaking sweaty sausages onto grassy knolls, sleeping mats and flags abandoned at jagged angles. It’s not how any festival should end.
Rather than buying a tent that’s not up to the job you're likely to abandon, invest in a high-quality tent that you want to look after and will see you through many more festivals and adventures to come. Same with your rucksack. Find one that can carry everything you need and fits correctly, so it’s comfortable when you’re finding your pitch. Make the journey back to the car as easy as possible for yourself, and when it’s all over remember to leave no trace. If your kit gets damaged or worn out, take it with you and get it repaired using our Repair and Care service or donate it to charity. If it is beyond use, our Recycle My Gear programme will make sure it gets a new lease of life and stays out of landfill. Some festivals offer a kit recycling service too, so it’s worth doing your research. At the end of the day though, your kit is your responsibility, so make sure you look after it, take it with you and get the most use out of it that you can.
To make sure you pick the right tent for you, use our Tent Finder Tool.