Our friends at Festival Safe helped us put together a guide to make your Boardmasters experience an enjoyable one!

Boardmasters Packing List
  • Ticket
  • ID – Valid forms of ID are a Drivers License (provisional is ok), Passport or any other form of ID that is certified in the PASS System.
    • Please note we do not accept photocopies.
  • Hand sanitiser (60% alcohol content or more)
  • A good tent – read more about all things camping and how to choose the right tent here
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Roll mat
  • Ear plugs
  • Tissues
  • Wet wipes
  • Toiletries – miniature if possible (including sanitary products)
  • Medical information – if you have any allergies or medical conditions
  • Medication if required – please remember to pack this in a clear, sealable container with your name and number (+ details of personal assistant if applicable) visible. For more information, visit our accessibility page.
  • Plasters and a small first aid kit
  • Head torch or handheld torch
  • Sun cream
  • Wellies or good waterproof boots
  • Lots of socks
  • Warm jumper
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Swimsuit / trunks (if you fancy a dip, we are by the beach after all!)
  • Hat
  • Bum bag/money belt to carry valuables
  • Mobile phone (charged!)
  • Portable mobile charger – or, purchase our Charge Candy upgrade so you always have access to a charger on site.
  • Reusable water bottle, to fill up from drinking water points on site
  • Enough changes of clothes in case you get wet
  • Quick drying leg wear – jeans are not always the best option in the rain as they take ages to dry
  • Money/cards
  • Bin bags – for dirty clothes, keeping things dry and rubbish

Remember: We do not permit any single-use plastic onsite, this will be confiscated from you on entry to the festival. For a full list of prohibited items, visit our info page.

The Tent Commandmnets

The Tent Commandments

  1. Rule number 1: Don’t be a #FestivalFail – bring a tent! Or at least know where you’re sleeping.
  2. Go for a double skin tent, this means it has two layers of fabric between you and the elements. Single skin tents flood easily.
  3. Bring a tent that is one size too big, for example a three-person tent if two of you are staying in it. This will give enough space for you and your stuff.
  4. Festival campsites are tight on space. Don’t take an overly large tent if you don’t need it.
  5. New tent? Practice putting it up and down before you go. Check you have all the poles and sufficient tent pegs. A mallet is useful for hammering tent pegs in.
  6. You might have the same tent as 100 other campers; make it stand out with a flag or something recognisable.
  7. Use your guy ropes and secure them properly, same with your tent pegs. Heavy wind can blow your tent away if it is not pinned down.
  8. Never leave valuables in your tent when you are out. When sleeping, put your valuables at the bottom of your sleeping bag, read more about avoiding theft and robbery here.
  9. Wind and rain are a camper’s worst enemies! If the rain is particularly bad, try to lift your clothes off the ground of your tent in case of flooding.
  10. Take your tent – and your other belongings – away with you when you leave the festival. If it’s bust, take it down and bin it yourself, don’t just leave it up in the campsite.
Location, Location, Location
  • Always camp in allocated areas and don’t obstruct fire lanes – you’ll get asked to move.
  • Map out a route from your tent to the arena using recognisable landmarks that won’t change so you don’t lose your tent – classic #FestivalFail!
  • Bring a head torch – guy ropes and exposed tent pegs can make for an interesting walk home.
  • Scope your surroundings – where is the nearest drinking water point, information point, toilet and shower located?
  • Beware of camping next to trees or fence lines: people sometimes use them as toilets – you shouldn’t do this, love the site! Near generators: they are loud at night. Under light towers: they are bright and you won’t sleep very well
  • Don’t tape off your camping area as this can make it difficult for other people to get home.
  • Get to know your neighbours! It makes for a nicer environment for everyone and means you know who should be coming and going in your area.
  • Try and respect other people’s need for sleep. Even if you want to stay up all night, keep noise levels respectful in the early hours.
Fire Safety & Camping

A fire can destroy a tent in 60 seconds. Make sure you:

  • don’t use candles in or near a tent, torches are safer;
  • avoid smoking inside your tent;
  • disposable BBQ’s are not permitted in any of our campsites. There is plenty of delicious food options available from one of our many vendors on site.
  • know how to escape by cutting your way out of the tent if there is a fire;

What to do if there is a fire:

  • keep calm and get everyone away as quickly as you can;
  • contact the nearest steward or campsite info point
Fire Safety in Camper or Caravans
  • Fit and regularly test a smoke alarm in your van, optical alarms are most effective.
  • Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector.
  • Take special care when cooking, don’t leave pans unattended.
  • Turn off all appliances before you go to bed.
  • Never dry clothes over the stove.
  • Remove any litter and rubbish near the van to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
  • Make sure the van is well ventilated to avoid a build-up of poisonous gases, never block air vents.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher by the entrance to your van, but always read the instructions before using it.

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