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Your Guide to Surviving a South African Summer Festival

By Nov 15, 2017 Nov 29th, 2017 No Comments

Let the good times roll – summer festival season is here! And we all know what that means… sun, sweat, fast food, cold beer, late nights, incredible music and lots and lots of dirt and dust. Here’s our guide to making it through a South African summer festival (relatively) unscathed.

Know What to Wear

While fashion definitely has its place, you’ll need to plan carefully when it comes to what you’ll be wearing. This is true for two reasons – firstly, rest assured that it’s going to be HOT out there and, secondly, you’re going to be on your feet a lot more than you’re used to.

With this in mind, you’ll want to don something lightweight (preferably breathable cotton) and pair it with some sensible shoes that are at least somewhat mud and rain-proof. Lastly, in an effort to avoid returning home completely burnt to a crisp, you’ll probably also want to wear a hat!

Know What to Bring

Sunscreen and sunglasses should be number one on your list. Other than that, you’ll need:

  • A large water bottle that you can refill as needed – this is great for keeping hydrated and it also doubles up as a hygiene must when you’re in need of a quick cleanse – there won’t be any showers in sight and, considering the heat and the manic dancing you’ll likely be doing, things can get pretty stinky pretty fast! Oh, and did we mention, DUST?
  • Plasters – developing a blister or two is pretty much unavoidable no matter how practical your footwear may be.
  • Torch – if you’ll be camping out at the venue, you’ll need a handy torch for those midnight toilet breaks!
  • Cash – bring a fair amount along with you. It’s safe to say that most festivals won’t be credit card-friendly.
  • Your ID or driver’s license – we’re pretty sure that you’re going to want to indulge in a beer or three…

Our last words of advice on surviving a summer festival

If you want to have a real jol and truly enjoy the experience from start to finish, always remember that comfort is key! Embrace the dirt, the hangovers and those achy muscles you’re bound to feel as a result of getting your boogy on – it’s all part of the fun!

Finally, be sure to take plenty of pics and don’t forget to share them with us on our Facebook page.

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