Festival Week: S&G Guide to: Festival essentials


With images of Glastonbury populating the internet and Splendour in the Grass approaching very quickly, we’ve put together a list of essential stuff to make your festival fun-times freakin’ fantastic…

So what exactly counts as an essential item when you have a just a small overnight bag to accommodate your clothing/toiletries/make-up/shoes and so on for a few days?  Read ahead to find out – or you could print it out and check things off as you pack!

1.     Don’t leave home without them:

  • Tickets
  • ID
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Festival site map and map to festival

2.     Camping Gear: 

  • You’ll need a tent (obviously)
  • Chairs/seating
  • A Torch
  • Cooking equipment and utensils if necessary including bottle openers, matches/a lighter, bin bags, cutlery and plates, washing detergent and a small kettle because tea or coffee in the AM never goes astray!
  • Sleeping bag and pillow and if you’ve got one a blow-up mattress and pump. Don’t also think you’re smart and decide to take a super comfortable foam mattress (unless you want to end up lying on a wet sponge when it pours with rain and your tent becomes a swimming pool).

3.     Toiletries: 

  • Sunscreen
  • Dry shampoo
  • Body wash (you can indeed get waterless versions)
  • Face and body wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and tooth brush
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Berocca and nurofen
  • Tissues/toilet paper and a Shewee if you can get one
  • Hair brush/Comb and a quick dry towel
  • Contraception
  • Band aids
  • Insect spray
  • Any medications

4.     Primping: What girl doesn’t want to look hot at a festival? But you don’t want to look like you’ve tried too hard right? Just effortlessly amazing cool? Don’t forget:

  • Moisturiser and cleanser
  • Make-up: a BB cream or light foundation, blush, eyeliner and mascara will get you through the weekend.
  • If you want to straighten/curl your hair nothing is better than a GHD (this is an essential boys sorry!) …unless you don’t have electricity in which case…take a hat!

5.     Miscellaneous: Those things you sometimes forget to take – this time you will remember!

  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Poncho/Raincoat
  • Camera (fully charged with plenty of space on memory card)
  • Phone plus your battery chargers
  • Blanket (it can get cold)
  • Portable speakers so you can play music while chill in’ at your campsite.
  • Something to identify your tent like a flag, or bright decoration.

6.     Fashion that will survive against the elements: We’ve all seen them – girls in heels trying to negotiate mud bowls in heels…don’t be one. What you really need to take is…

  • Gumboots/Wellington Boots/weatherproof Boots of any kind really
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Enough clean underwear to last you through the event
  • And a warm, waterproof jacket in case it gets cold – be smart people!

7.     Food and Alcohol: it never hurts to have a supply -especially to get you through late nights and hangovers. A few of my favourites include:

  • Muesli or energy bars, crackers or some fresh fruit
  • Water is an essential!
  • Soups and instant noodles whilst not great nutritionally, also offer a quick alternative to waiting in line for hours for a slice of half cold pizza.

Anything we’ve missed? Email us and we’ll add it to the list!

Whether a first-timer or a festival veteran, you’ll be glad to have these items with you when the time comes, and it never hurts to be prepared!


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