Car shows... some of the most exciting events of the year!
For a lot of people, it can be a minefield trying to get organised for them! Especially for full weekend shows with camping involved, we've put together a little guide on the essentials and what you should expect!
So, what should you bring with you?
Food & Drink
A lot of shows will have places you can buy food and drink, however this comes at a hefty price compared to what you'd pay at a supermarket. For a day event, I take one bottle of water and one bottle of fizzy for a day show, but always suggest bringing some spared! It's better too have too much than not enough. I strongly suggest taking a few extra bottles of water, it's better to take too much than not enough.
A fab idea are cool boxes! you can pick up a pretty decent size box for around £10, and skinny/slim ice packs which can last up to 9 hours for £4 (per pair) which will keep you going for a decent amount of time, especially if you travel with it in the footwell with your AC on like I do!
You're going to need to be carrying cash on you, regardless of if you want to be buying from the trade stands.
Cash points within the show grounds often charge to withdraw your money... not cool but it's probably down to the convenience of it.
You never know when you may need cash, and you can always pay it back into your account but you won't be able to avoid those charges on the ATM's once you're parked up and eyeing up the deals in the trade stands...
Or when your packed lunch just doesn't smell as good as those lush burgers!
I usually take around £50 for each day, but you should check on which companies are attending, as if you think you'd definitely like to buy from them you should consider bringing more.
This is an absolute must have for any show, after getting badly burnt at the start of April at spring action I can't stress enough how important it is, even if you think you won't need it.
For weekends it'd also be worth bringing aftersun, in the event you're a little late to the protection party. You're outside all day and will need to stay protected and hydrated throughout the day, especially if you're attending with children!
Car shows are social events, and we always encourage people not to just sit in their cars, but come to the table on stand and chill out. We strongly suggest bringing something to sit