Vegan Camp Out 2022 – Review and Advice

So, after my experience at Vegan Camp Out 2022, would I attend next year?

There are some amazing acts lined up for Vegan Camp out 2023, including BOSH!, Patrik Baboumian, and Romesh Ranganathan, and it’s taking place at a whole new venue too. With so many incredible activities, speakers, and food vendors, I’ve already booked my ticket for next year!

I’ve learned some valuable lessons and feel like I’ll be more prepared.

Here are my top tips:

  • If you’re worried about going alone I highly suggest joining groups on Facebook beforehand, to meet others who will be going solo
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave so you can be well prepared
  • Unless you really want to arrive at the opening time, aim to get there a few hours after the gates open
  • Try find a shaded spot to pitch your tent if possible
  • Before pitching your tent, check if there’s a secret forest rave nearby!
  • Get a weekend schedule as soon as you arrive, and plan your weekends activities
  • As sad as it is, you won’t be able to eat from every vendor available. Have a walk up and down all the food stalls and pick 5 you’d absolutely hate to miss out on
  • Not all the card machines at the stalls worked, take some cash with you just in case
  • Expect not to shower, unless you’re okay with queueing for a while
  • There is poor signal and not-so-great WIFI, so forget about it and enjoy being in the present

And here’s what you absolutely should bring with, if you have space:

  • Tent (don’t forget your tent pegs)
  • Sleeping mat, sleeping bag and pillow
  • Camping chair, or you’ll be spending lots of time standing
  • Toiletries such as toothbrush & paste, soap, hand sanitiser
  • Clothes and underwear for 3 days
  • Warm clothes to sleep in
  • Reusable water bottle (I love my Chilly’s 750ml bottle)
  • Small backpack to carry your purse/wallet, phone and bottle
  • Tupperware – portion sizes are huge and you’ll most likely have leftovers (don’t be wasteful)
  • Money and lots of it. I’d say around £100 per person just for food if you’re planning on buying for every meal, and take more if you want to buy merch, WIFI, alcohol, or rent a power bank
  • Suncream/sunglasses/hat/parasol
  • A fully charged power bank
  • If you’re a light sleeper bring an eye mask and ear plugs
  • Toilet roll and wet wipes
  • A torch or head lamp
  • Exercise clothes if you want to take part in any of the yoga or fitness activities
  • A towel
  • Comfy shoes – you’ll probably do lots of walking (I racked up 48,000 steps from Friday to Sunday!!!)

I think the absolute best advice would be to just have fun. Live in the moment, don’t be scared to meet to new people, and attend as many events as you can!

VCO is one of my highlights from 2022, and I can’t wait to see what joys Vegan Camp Out 2023 brings.

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