Festival organisers are as keen as you are to help protect your stuff, so check out what facilities are offered before you go. Queues for on-site ATMs can be long, but most festivals now accept card payments and even cashless payment options like Apple Pay.
Make a note of your bank’s emergency number just in case you lose your card. If you do need to carry cash, split it into two stashes and consider storing some in a money belt or at least zipped pockets.
One simple way to avoid ending your festival on a low, is to secure any valuables that you won’t regularly need in a festival locker.
That vintage ring or expensive pair of sunglasses might look great with your festival outfit, but it’s all too easy to lose things in the crowds.
While Nationwide home insurance could compensate you financially against loss, theft or damage so long as you have proof of the item’s value, family heirlooms are sentimentally irreplaceable.
We’re not going to tell you to leave your phone at home – you’re likely to need it to meet up with friends, take snaps of your favourite band or check the line-up using the festival’s app – but there are steps that you can take to keep it safe.
Keep it in a zipped pocket or bag when you’re not using it and consider a waterproof case to protect it from the elements. Use a PIN or password so that if it is found, no-one else can run up a large bill and activate any tracking devices your phone may be enabled with. As well as with Personal Possessions cover, if you are a FlexPlus customer, your mobile phone will also be covered under this product.
Label possessions with your name and postcode to deter thieves and make it easier for them to be returned to you if they are handed in. To improve the ability to recover lost or stolen items, you can also use things such as SmartWater.
If you have to leave items in the car, make sure they’re hidden from view and locked away if possible – and the car itself is locked.
If your car is empty, leave the glove compartment open so that would-be thieves can see that there’s nothing worth stealing.