If you’ve ever been to Glastonbury, you’ll know that there’s no pretty deal when it comes to hygiene, and this year was no exception. You should also know that there are some definite ‘know-how’ pointers to make it all a little less gross:
- Antibacterial wet wipes – for tent/any surface, especially anything you might eat off, and toilet seats (although squatting is the most hygienic method – we know that a few drinks can send you wobbly!)
- Antibacterial hand gel – The Pro Hygiene Collection® Hand Sanitizing Gel 240ml, £5.75 from feelunique.com was my absolute saviour, plus the sweet citrusy smell was a massive bonus as it gives a nice (albeit slightly depressing) reminder of what clean smells like.
- Makeup remover – although the rain this year did a fabulous job at removing most traces of regular mascara and skin makeup, it is still crucial to bring a good makeup remover. Firstly, this is because when mascara dries over night, it not only causes lashes to fall off but grains of mascara can also flake off into the eyes causing grittiness and damage to the cornea.
Secondly, the Face-Art at Glastonbury (see above) was simply AMAZING and the glitter and jewels really do need a good soak off with an effective formula that is gentle on this skin. We promise it exists! For regular makeup, we think that face wipes are perfect for festivals as they are great multi-taskers.
- Dry shampoo is also a must-have – for obvious reasons.
Pack plenty more socks than you think you need as the insides of your wellies will be getting damp and muddy and so changing your socks frequently is vital. To give you a indication, the image on the right was taken on the walk from the car park at Glastonbury at the beginning of the festival, so you can imagine what it was like inside and at the end!!!
Lots of spare plastic bags are great for wrapping around your feet if your wellies get wet too, and make sure to clean your feet with wet-wipes each time you change but ensure you let them dry. This is important not only because of trench-foot but also because fungal spores lurk in dark, damp conditions, waiting to take hold in those vulnerable nail beds!
Long warm summer evenings, bbq’s, holidays (home and abroad), Pimms, Wimbledon, strawberries and cream, the sea side, cricket (let’s not talk about the football!), music, friends, family, happy days – that is what summer is about, so go out and enjoy.