Re: Festival Tips and Tricks...
Cash, stash, tickets is the mantra.
Private potty: Take a good grade of scoopable cat liter. NO! DO NOT SCOOP IT! It just clumps and a good grade does a good job on odor. Much cheaper than the specially designed gel packs or whatever.
Food: We always cook up a batch of veggie pasta at home and store it in gallon zip lock inside an appropriate size tupperware. Really easy to reheat. Also, I always roast some potatoes at home, store the same way and break those out for breakfast. A little olive oil in a non-stick and those fry up nice and tasty. We get the milk carton eggs like Egg Beaters (little trademark symbol here) and mix into the heated eggs for a scramble.
Develop your own camping list. Start with a good one like has been posted in this thread and then customize it to suit your camping needs. We take one and when something pops up we add it to the list and then incorporate it, or not, into the
master list at a later date.
If they let you bring it in stuff your camleback full of ice at the start of the day and then add water once inside. If you're at a giant fest and don't make it back to camp often then hit a vedor up for just ice and replenish. Hydration is the key to success but ice is the key to luxurius success.
Get a good hammock and learn to sleep in it.
Don't get drunk and lose your backpack. (that one is pretty specifically aimed at me.)
Make friends with your neighbors as soon as possible.
Share what you got. Within reason.
Feeding scruffy looking kids breakfast can pay off with unexpected rewards.
Always lend a hand setting up a strangers tent/ez-up/etc. They won't be a stranger long.
Wagan Power Dome EX 400-Watt Jump Starter with Built-In Air Compressor http://www.amazon.com/Wagan-400-Watt-Starter-Built-In-Compressor/dp/B000WJEPCI
or something similar.
Don't let minor bulls*#t interfere with your fun.
Always have a spare lighter.
Zip locks for phone, wallet, camera ect in case of rain as has been mentioned.
Serously, don't get drunk and lose your backpack.