Last week(end) I headed over to Bestival on the Isle of Wight to check out their new area Slow Motion which focussed on health and wellbeing, re-centering the soul and reinvigorating the mind.
Think decadent all natural hot tubs overlooking the Bestival site, whole-food, juice and raw food bars, adventure opportunities off site including paddle boarding and sea kayaking from Rapanui. On top of this, there were daily yoga classes, uplifting aerobics and for the first time ever, euphoric spinning classes.
All of this was set away from the hustle and bustle of the main festival but it didn’t mean I could escape all of that! I still had to camp; something I haven’t done since secondary school! In the words of my mum …“but you like your creature comforts” …I had to take along a few things to help me take care of myself and feel comfortable…
1. Hand Chemistry | Intense Youth Complex* – I go nowhere without hand cream so a weekend away at Bestival would be no different. As hand washing is minimal when camping / at festivals, this one was perfect as it was to be applied twice a day, morning and evening.
As an award winning product, I kinda had faith in it. It’s supposed to visibly improve firmness, elasticity, density, evenness, brightness, texture, smoothness and hydration. At 100ml per tube, I feel like it will last me a long time which helps to justify the price tag.
2. Hand Chemistry | Heel Hydration Complex* – You’ll learn a little more about my journey to Bestival below but when I arrived, my feet needed some love. I used this cream each night before bed and each morning when I got ready for the day ahead. It made my feet look and feel less dry and uncomfortable (not sure if you know, but I have a THING about my feet feeling dry! It has even been known to wake me up at night!).
This cream can also be used on hands, elbows …all those places where we suffer from extreme dry skin! Hand Chemistry say: Our heel cream contains no acids, no urea and no peeling. Our product solely focuses on repairing the cracked skin, to keep feet and other areas happy.
3. Fountain | The Energy Molecule* – I take vitamin supplements everyday in tablet form; I didn’t want to carry three separate bottles and I didn’t wanna take the tablets loose to a festival so this supplement from Fountain was a perfect alternative. In a nutshell, Fountain – The Energy Molecule is a beauty and lifestyle supplement with a concentrated energy complex of Creatine, Vitamin B12 and our Hyaluronic Acid matrix to provide sustainable lasting energy.
The ingredients put together would help to keep my joints feeling good, provide energy to my muscles and reduce that tired, lack of energy we all sometimes get.
The dosage is 5ml per day which I swigged each morning with my breakfast. They call it the feel good molecule and I think it really did help! Although I didn’t go crazy at Bestival, sleeping in a tent on the ground (essentially), walking miles (I kid you not) each day plus adding in spinning, yoga etc really did take it’s toll on me! I woke up early, went to bed late and I’m sure this played a part in allowing me to stay well! I’m not sure how I would describe the taste; it was certainly interesting but totally doable! You can also add your 5ml to smoothies and juices if you don’t want to take it on its own!
4. Rolson Tools LED Camping Light – I actually bought this light a couple months ago to use as lighting when taking photographs. At the time, I had no idea how useful it would be should I actually go camping. It has a foldaway hook which meant we could hook it to the top of the tent. It takes 4 aa batteries (and comes with them included) and at around £5, you really can’t go wrong!
5. Juice Weekender | Portable Phone Charger – Since smartphones were invented, I’ve needed a portable charger but have just never wanted to part with the money. I don’t understand my own logic sometimes. Being away at Bestival for 3 days meant I either a) ran out of battery b) relied on what would be provided at the festival or c) purchased a portable charger. I chose c, as you will have gathered! And I made a good choice (erm, hiring a portable charger at the festival for the weekend cost £20 plus a £20 deposit – so add another £10 – 15 and you have your own one to use forever! no-brainer?!)
I charged it up via my laptop at home and then it was ready to go! For my iPhone 5s it provides FOUR FULL CHARGES. So that was just over one per day for me at Bestival (I went Thurs – Sat). It charges just as quickly as a plug and is the same size (just a little thicker) than my iPhone.
6. SOLE | Sport Flips* – I read in a festival survival guide that flip flops are a no-no at festivals. I’m glad I read this after the event because I couldn’t imagine having not taken along these flip flops! After spending 9 hours travelling (and mostly queuing) to get into Bestival, wearing (brand new – I know, rookie mistake) hi top converse, my feet needed some tender loving care! The straps are cushioned and the footbed is mouldable which means it adapts to my foot. There was no rain or mud in sight when we arrived so these were just perfect for me to wear to explore the festival grounds. They were also useful for slipping on at the end of the day to allow my feet to get some air as well as for chilling on the campsite.
I tested these out before the festival during an eight hour shift on my feet. They were the first flip flops I’d worn all summer and I was surprised how comfortable they felt on their first wear.
I now have to dust them off a little post festival but they’re definitely a firm favourite in my footwear collection right now!
What are the products that help you to survive festivals / camping?!