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How To Survive A Family Festival This Summer

How To Survive A Family Festival This Summer

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It's that time of year again, festival season is in full swing. Ireland has really upped its game in the past few years and the summer months are now bursting with family festivals across the country. If you are planning on heading to a festival this year here's our survival guide for parents to help you get the most out of your time there and make it more your time together more enjoyable.
  • The survival kit. Prepare a separate bag with everything you will need to get you through the day including sunscreen, hand sanitizer, nappies, wipes, a change of clothes for each child, tissues, portable chargers, lots of snacks and plasters. 
  • Plan ahead. What events, activities or performers would you like to see? Check out where they will take place and at what time. There is nothing worse than finding out you want to see a particular show only to find out it's on the other side of the world. Well, to kids it would feel like that. Download the brochure or get one upon arrival.
  • Protect their little ears. Ear defenders are a must at any festival with loud music, especially for young babies.
  • Research the food vendors before arriving. Check the festivals website or Facebook page and see what kind of food will be on offer. There's nothing worse than arriving at the event to find out your children will eat nothing. This way you can prepare a picnic and save money before you head off. If you are happy with the selection of food offerings try to eat out of the usual lunch hours. The queues do be absolute bedlam.
  • Getting around. Invest in a pull along cart if you don't have one already. Not only will they be a lifesaver at the festival but they come in handy on average days out like going to the park or even the beach. It will save you having to carry everything around and the kids can sit in them when their little legs get tired.
  • Check the weather. Will you need suncream, wellies or both? Be prepared, keep an eye on the forecast right up until you leave.
  • It might sound good at first but don't camp or set up too close to the toilets. Try to keep a small distance, between the crowds of queues and the smell you will live to regret it if you don't.
  • Better safe than sorry. Write your phone number somewhere visible on your child in case you get separated or invest in reusable ID bands that can be used for summers to come.
  • And finally, on the build-up to the festival get the kids involved with outfit planning, picking out snacks that they will eat, explain to them what to expect and what to do in the event they get lost on site. You could even make a flower crown or pick up some glow sticks in your local euro shop.
Written by Kellie Kearney staff writer at FFHQ who also blogs at www.mylittlebabog.com.