Festival-goers 'must get travel insurance'
26 January 2009 10:24
Thousands of revellers will be jetting off to festivals overseas this summer and the majority are set to camp out in tents.
But this kind of accommodation leaves travellers vulnerable to becoming victims of theft and travel insurance is therefore particularly vital.
Price comparison website moneysupermarket.com warns festival-goers to ensure they keep their personal possessions "locked or safe".
Peter Gerrard, head of insurance research at the firm, said that policies are unlikely to cover items which are taken if they are simply "lying around" in tents.
"For belongings, you just need to make sure normally - regardless of whether you're drunk or not - that you've got the opportunity to keep them locked or safe," he said.
"If, for example, you're provided with lockers or safes, then use them."
Mr Gerrard added: "If you just leave them lying around then you're seen to be being negligible there because you're not taking the most precautions."
Music events taking place abroad this year include the ever-popular Exit Festival in Serbia and Spain's Benicassim Festival.