You’ll get thirsty with all that dancing or, at least, walking around, especially if it’s hot, so you must keep hydrated. Some festivals don’t allow you to take in full bottles but generally you can fill up empty ones for free once you’re in there (check the website of the festival you’re going to for more information).
Related: How much water do you really need?
Don’t rely on festival food
Pack portable items, such as sandwiches, nuts, energy bars, bananas and crisps - the queues for food stands can be very long and the fare is often very pricey.
Bring a fold-up trolley
Useful for lugging your tent and sleeping bag from the car park. Some festivals offer a wheelbarrow service, a golf buggy or luggage 'Sherpas' (see jollygreensherpas.com) - at a price.
Sleep in comfort
If you’re camping, take a blow-up bed or self-inflating mattress - at some campsites you can pay to have it blown up. You can also pay a company (check out tangerinefields.co.uk) to put up your tent and prepare your bed ready for your arrival. Or go posh and book a tepee or a yurt. Pack earplugs - you’ll need them to get some rest!
Stay dry and warm
Pack serious waterproofs, including trousers and wellies, a jumper and thick socks - it can be cold at night, even in the summer.
Wear comfy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and scuffed, and bring a hat, sunglasses and a torch. Don’t forget sunscreen, moisturiser and lip salve - hot sun is very drying.
Invest in cleanliness
Bring your own toilet roll, hand sanitiser and wipes, and always fork out for the pay loos. They might be expensive (around £20 for the whole weekend at the Isle of Wight music festival, Bestival) but you don’t want to endure the horrors of a stinking pit.
Keep your money safe
Bring cash and keep it on you, preferably in a hidden pocket or a bum bag. Never, ever leave it in your tent. Always wear your campsite wristband and carry your ticket unfolded, somewhere safe and dry, so the barcode can be scanned.
For our guide to the best festivals for the over-50s this summer, see the May issue of Saga Magazine.