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Download Festival.

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rubylady Fri 03-Jun-16 01:36:59

My DS is off to his first festival next week, Download, rock etc. He is going on his own so he isn't sharing costs of what to take with anyone. I have bought him the ticket and the coach travel but am at a loss as to what he will need to be there. I don't want to spend money I haven't got on things that he won't use but also don't want to not buy him something that will be really useful. Not a lot of money left after ticket and coach and his spending money too (all his birthday present) so I don't want to waste a penny as he might not bother to go to any more. Any help please? smile

Jenty61 Fri 03-Jun-16 08:50:51

he will need money for food and drink or he could take his own and of course souveniers if he wants them..also make sure he takes sun screen as its a sun trap if the weather is good...oh and a black sack to sit on in case the ground is Ive not been but my younger grandaughter and grandaughter have been several times..

Alea Fri 03-Jun-16 08:56:14

You have already bought him his travel and the ticket rubylady and he is 19, so can't he be left to think of this for himself?

Teetime Fri 03-Jun-16 09:00:47

How about some emergency food supplies like cereal bars. When my DD went to her first Glastonbury after A levels she came home filthy and starving but had a wonderful time- maybe some wet wipes!! I hope he has a great time - lovely to be young!!

Indinana Fri 03-Jun-16 09:07:14

What is Download? confused

Riverwalk Fri 03-Jun-16 09:07:38

I assume he already has sleeping bag, tent, backpack, etc?

Indinana Fri 03-Jun-16 09:08:26

You can download all sorts of music, from classical to nursery rhymes, so how can it be a genre?

Jenty61 Fri 03-Jun-16 09:27:38

Indiana ....Download is a music festival thats held every year in the uk...

Indinana Fri 03-Jun-16 09:31:43

Thanks Jenty - the way it was written - "download, rock etc" - made it seem is if it were a music genre. It doesn't take much to confuse me grin

Alea Fri 03-Jun-16 10:30:50

I still think Rubylady's son should be taking responsibility. Presumably he has finished his exams and bearing in mind he will be off to university in the Autumn, he is old enough to have a go at independence and (with all due respect) his mum should not need to think about what he needs. Let him ask his mates, or learn the hard way!
Step back * rubylady* enjoy the foretaste of empty nesting, let him be an independent adult. He will appreciate home comforts all the more.

rubylady Fri 03-Jun-16 23:24:03

Thanks everyone. Indinana, you made me laugh, I hadn't heard of this festival until he wanted to go.

Alea I know I have had problems with my son, and moaned about him on here. I don't seem to say when he is good to me though, probably like many people don't with their loved ones. He has had lots of social problems in his life and I am very proud of him even thinking of going to his first festival and to be brave enough to go on his own because he loves the people who are on stage, Ozzy Osbourne being one of them. Plus, we have had a lovely day today going round shopping finding all the things that he needs. True, he is going to uni in another 3 months. Therefore this part of his life will be over and I will not get to do things with him like this ever again and so I am enjoying it while I can. I was asking anyone if they had any good tips on things for him to take. He is not perfect and I have been really honest over the last few years about him, but show me a perfect teenager? Is there one? I wouldn't be a normal mother if I didn't worry when he is going to his first festival on his own, with no one with him, 19 year old or not. It is all part of him growing up, but I worry because I love him, shoot me!

Badenkate Sat 04-Jun-16 08:49:19

Absolutely understand what you mean rubylady, you want to make sure you've covered the important things in your own mind without necessarily letting him know you're checking and maybe subtly suggesting things that might be a good idea. It is a big step going to a festival on your own for the first time - hope he really enjoys himself and the weather is kind to him

PRINTMISS Sat 04-Jun-16 09:05:46

Love is really quite hard, isn't it, letting go! I am sure your son will be fine Ruby and however much you worry about him, he should be able to take care of himself, if not, perhaps this is the way to find out? I do hope he enjoys his first Festival, and perhaps manages to make some friends, as I am sure they do on these occasions.

Indinana Sat 04-Jun-16 09:06:31

I completely understand how you feel rubylady. Of course we worry about our kids, whatever their age. Nineteen or not, this is his first time going to a festival - and on his own! It's perfectly natural that you want to do all you can to make sure it all goes well for him. I know I would!
I hope he has a great time - and you must try to sit back, relax and enjoy the weekend without him. He'll be fine smile

TerriBull Sat 04-Jun-16 10:00:19

My son has been to a few festivals such as Bestival. One of his main gripes is that some adopt a policy of not allowing festival goers to bring their own water in etc. and then charge over the top prices inside. Aside from that he has always come away very tired but glad he went, even when it rained. I hope your son enjoys himself and has a great time.

Mildred Sat 04-Jun-16 10:16:26

Buy sun cream, my son (43) never thinks of that, even last Sunday when helping his Dad at the allotment but he did admit when he came back he should have put some on. If you give him some and he doesn't use it that's his problem rather then him getting burnt because he didn't have any. Rubylady if you cannot be Bolshevik at home where can you be? He sounds like a lovely normal lad dealing with life as best he can for his age.

Mildred Sat 04-Jun-16 10:17:52

Should be bolshie was implying he had Communist leanings!

millymouge Sat 04-Jun-16 10:26:11

Don't know if anyone has mentioned but a toilet roll is very handy!

Badenkate Sat 04-Jun-16 10:29:40

Good point millymouge grin

Tegan Sat 04-Jun-16 10:35:17

I live just down the road from Download ruby; I'll pm you my tel number so if he needed something he'd forgotten I could pass it on to him.....

grannyactivist Sat 04-Jun-16 10:38:51

Tegan that's a lovely gesture - Gransnet at its best. flowers

Indinana Sat 04-Jun-16 11:47:35

Tegan smile. So kind x

Greyduster Sat 04-Jun-16 14:29:16

My DS has been to Download with his eldest step son a couple of times. They had a great time. They camped once but never again - he said he was getting too old to rough it! You're bound to be anxious - I was when DD and her partner started going to Glastonbury - but he'll be fine and he'll have a great time. It'll probably be the first of many. Toilet roll, wet wipes, energy bars, and if he's camping a head torch is useful apparently!

Tegan Sat 04-Jun-16 14:43:04

The S.O. says his son told him the food there is very expensive. The Co-op at Castle Donington is always very busy [it's a couple of miles walk from the festival itself].

ninathenana Sat 04-Jun-16 17:33:20

Sun cream is important of course but this is Britain.
Equally important to have wellies and waterproof clothing !