It’s June, which to many people means one thing: it’s time for a festival or two! With Glastonbury - arguably the world’s biggest festival - and many others around the corner, keen campers (and not so keen campers) are planning their trips with gusto: which includes not only the fun stuff, like perusing the line up for each day, but also preparing for the ordeal of packing one’s life into a single rucksack.
Keep reading for some of our favourite ‘home hacks’: items from your home and kitchen accessories that could have a multitude of handy uses throughout your stay!
1. Torch. Ah, the faithful household torch: who’d have thought that this would be top of the list? Turns out that a torch is simply essential for any festival. Not only will it allow you to see inside your tent as the night draws in (remember, you’ll have said goodbye to plug sockets and the like), it will also help you find your way back to said tent after a long day and night of partying. It could also prove rather crucial during an unexpected call of nature at 4am…
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2. Bin bags. Now, don’t panic, we aren’t clutching at straws here: a pack of bin bags can actually be a lifesaver at a festival. You can separate dirty/muddy clothes from the clean ones (what clean ones…?!) with them; use them as a little ‘entrance mat’ to your tent to store dirty shoes on; sit on them if the ground is cold or wet; and even use them to create a convenient rain shelter with. And a small roll is light, easy to store, and easy to carry. All hail the lowly binbag!
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3. Bottle opener. Bringing it back to the world of cool now, ever so slightly – because a bottle opener can look super-stylish whilst serving as a truly useful bit of kit at a festival. Whether you’re planning to imbibe vast quantities of beer or stick with something a little softer, a bottle opener’s uses don’t end there: it can be used for prying off lids, scraping the mud off one’s boot (cleaning thoroughly before using to open a drink, of course), and even as a makeshift blade if you need to slice something.
It can also be a source of amusement. Take our award-winning Subbuteo bottle opener, for instance - with this baby in your pocket, you’ll be a hit at any social event. We wouldn't go anywhere without one!
4. Reusable water bottle. Festivals, it may not surprise you to know, can end up costing major bucks; and one thing you really don’t want to be shelling out for all the time is a bottle of water. So grab that canister from the back of your cupboard and shove it in your rucksack now: your purse and general levels of hydration will thank you, as will the environment.
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Whatever festival you end up at, we hope you have a brilliant time! Feel free to share any pictures of your antics (particularly if these involve unusual uses of household items!) with us on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.
Our Subbuteo Bottle Opener scored a hat-trick at the Gift of the Year awards!
Not only did we win the Best Men's Gift and Best Collecible Gift, we also won the prestigious OVERALL GIFT OF THE YEAR 2014!
The awards were presented by Sebastian Conran at the Giftware Association's annual Gift Of The Year awards ceremony held at the NEC in Birmingham.