Working out how to get to a festival is a large part of any attendee’s preparation, especially if you’re travelling with a lot of kit, so it’s well worth planning in advance to find more environmentally-friendly options. The collective carbon footprint racked up by those travelling to festivals can be huge – up to 80 per cent of all UK festivals’ total emissions – so start by looking for alternative modes of transport, such as bikes or trains. You could think about organising a carpool to get you and a group of friends to the site. Don’t know anyone else going? Websites like GoCarShare and Liftshare provide a safe way to find a seat in someone’s car. It’s a good opportunity to make new friends – just make sure to be mindful of your safety if you are meeting people alone.
Take your own water bottle and cutlery
It’s always good to be prepared, especially as many festivals are cutting down on plastic waste this year. Carrying your own water bottle and cutlery will help you dramatically reduce the amount of plastic that gets thrown away. Familiarise yourself with water refill points so you don’t get caught short if you’re lucky enough to score a festival heat wave. You’ll save money you would have spent buying endless plastic bottles too. You can find stylish reusable bottles from Global Wakecup and S’well. Invest in a good-quality set of travel cutlery to make sure you won’t need to use disposables. Joseph Joseph’s stainless steel set nestles into a handy silicone spoon-shaped pouch to keep it clean, and Shurlple’s Toolbox is a collapsable spoon, fork and chopsticks kit that comes in a biodegradable wheat-composite box.