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:
- Cash and credit cards
- Festival site map and map to festival
2. Camping Gear:
- You’ll need a tent (obviously)
- 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).
- Dry shampoo
- Body wash (you can indeed get waterless versions)
- Face and body wipes
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!