With limited space, temperamental weather and limited facilities it can be difficult to know what to take. As a rule, try to pack only what you need - you may end up carrying it quite far, and leave anything valuable or sentimental at home. Here is our Festival Essentials list – complete with links to buy if you don’t have it already!
Tent – Ideally, a small, light and easy to use design which is easy to spot in a crowd.
Sleeping Bag – Warm with a small packed size
Sleeping Mat – Will keep you warm and comfortable and is smaller/lighter when packed than an air bed
Torch – Ideally a small torch with a lot of power such as a LED Lenser. For the camp look out for small camp lights - some even come with built in speakers for playing music!
Pen Knife – These are banned at some festivals so be sure to do your research before you go. They can be great for saving space, especially mini ranges
Mallet – Again, check they are not banned before you go
Bright Guy Ropes – Great for avoiding trips and falls
Duct Tape or Heavy Duty Tape – Just the job for minor emergency tent repairs!
Matches – Store in a dry place
Loo Roll – For when nature calls. Store in a waterproof bag
Bin Liners/Dry Bag – Great for rubbish, storing wet clothes, sitting on wet or damp grass and keeping things dry – they can even be worn in a rain emergency!
Water Bottle – Collapsible designs are great space savers. Try and get a small one to carry with you and a larger container for camp
Backpacks – Ideally one to carry gear and a smaller daypack or bag for during the day
Wellies/Boots – Comfortable enough to walk around in all day and water proof. Pack a pair of good thick socks and keep a pair spare
Waterproofs – Such as waterproof jackets (3 in 1’s are great for temperamental weather), hooded plastic ponchos, waterproof trousers, and as a last resort – bin liners!
Hat – Sunhats will keep you cool and shaded; a warm hat is great at night. Both will hide unruly hair!
Sun Glasses – Keep the sun out of your eyes and very forgiving!
Sun Cream – And after-sun. Look for smaller travel sizes and remember to use every day, even if it’s cloudy. Don’t forget to reapply!
Wet Wipes – A great way to keep clean and remove makeup
Hand Sanitiser – Carry at all times and use after the toilet and before eating
Dry Shampoo – A must for longer hair. Look out for travel sizes
Tooth Brush, Toothpaste and Other Toiletries – Again, look out for small travel sizes
Ear Plugs or Ear Defenders – To prevent damage from very loud music (especially for young children) and great for when it’s time to go to sleep!
Medication – Be sure to pack any medication you take, and pack some Paracetamol, plasters and Hay Fever tablets just in case
Phone – Fully charged with all your mates’ numbers
Phone Charger – Car chargers, solar powered chargers and other emergency chargers are great. As an alternative pack a spare fully charged battery pack
ID – Keep on you at all times
Tickets – Including travel tickets, transport time tables, and maps
Sometimes it’s trial and error with festivals. Here are some handy tips we’ve picked up along the way!