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Open thread: What's your one festival secret weapon?

Go on. Share that wealth.

FESTIVAL SEASON IS well and truly upon us.

Castlepalooza is this weekend, as is Indiependence, and Electric Picnic looms large next month. Many of you will have enjoyed weekends at festivals such as Body&Soul, Knockanstockan and Sea Sessions – amongst many others – this summer already.

Yep, you’ve broken out that tent you throw to the back of the wardrobe for most of the year, rolled out the ground sheet like a red carpet, and you’ve got your game face on.

Festivals. A particularly unique beast – something that veterans discuss in hallowed terms, passing on tips and tricks like gospel, wisdom borne of bitter experience with portable toilets and camping spots.

So, what are your sneaky festival tricks?  Here are a few examples to get the ball rolling:

1. Olbas oil

For the long drops. Dear God, the long drops. One staffer in Towers swears by sprinkling liberal amounts of olbas oil around the area, and also having a handkerchief dosed up to drape across your nose and mouth. So now.

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2. Small packets of tissues

Speaking of the long drops – yep, we’re going there, straight away – a packet of tissues is much more discreet than a big massive roll of toilet paper, especially when you’re heading to the portable toilets in the morning through the entire camp site. Word to the wise and all that.

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3. Sippy cups

Especially the ones with handles. Ideal for drinking while lying down (in the foetal position on the Monday morning, for example). Sippy cups are handy not only for the camp site craic, but also for the thirsty head the day after. Pro-tip: colour-code those babies so no liquids get mixed up. The horror.

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Yep, so while there might be a legitimate and sensible festival checklist for you to check off before you head for the big weekend, those little magic touches are indispensable too.

What’s your festival secret weapon? Let us know in the comments. We’re all in this together, guys. Share the wealth.