THE ONE AND ONLY FESTIVAL CHECKLIST YOU NEED
THE ONE AND ONLY FESTIVAL CHECKLIST YOU NEED
Whether you are a festival virgin or veteran this festival checklist will ensure you pack every essential. Featuring the ultimate list of festival fabulousness as well as the incredibly practical – ensuring you a safe, stress free time!
Having been to over 21 festivals between us, we feel we have had our fair share of festival fails (cue sunburn so bad Lauren couldn’t dance – yeah, THAT bad) but have now perfected our festival packing list and are delighted to share it with the festival goers new and old.
Whether you’re going to dance in the mud of the majestic Scottish Highlands (and heading to our favourite Belladrum perhaps) or under the Spanish Sun at Benicassim – this festival checklist will have you covered!
LET’S START WITH THE PRACTICAL FESTIVAL CAMPING ESSENTIALS…
The first item you need to tick off your festival camping checklist is your tent. If you are camping in the UK it is essential you purchase a tent with an inner shell (not single layered), it is waterproof and has a built in groundsheet. Also consider the weight and the lack of space at festivals. Opt for lightweight but robust, if you go cheap it’ll be too flimsy and collapse. Spend too much and you’ll be gutted when you flatten it after a cider or 10. This tent is just perfect and will survive again and again when you return, because once you’re bitten by the festival bug you will return.
A favourite of our festival camping essentials because we have been attending the same music festival for over 10 years and everyone knows our tent due to the same bunting we use every year. With over 20,000 tents in a field use something such as bunting to make your tent memorable.
3. SLEEPING BAG
Although you might be tempted to dance all night, a sleeping bag is another essential for your festival packing list because you will need to sleep eventually. As we’re ridiculously cheesy we actually have a joint sleeping bag – bear with us – it can be separated into two for transit, then when the Scottish temperatures hit, we zip it together again and become SUPER warm. As a little tip, when we were in our campervan in New Zealand we used one sleeping bag opened underneath for extra padding and one sleeping bag open on top like a duvet for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
4. EAR PLUGS
An absolute essential to add to your festival camping checklist, it is insane how much difference ear plugs can make and how much a good night’s sleep can affect the following day. Also a handy addition to our festival survival kit due to the amount of questionable bands we’ve seen that we wished we could pop these in during!
5. BLOW-UP BED
I always thought it was very princessy to take a blow up bed to a festival, but it is LIFE CHANGING and now a vital addition to our festival packing list. There is nothing worse than a whole day of drinking and dancing after no sleep, but having a blow up bed guarantees a successful slumber and that tiny home comfort to help you forget you’re in the middle of a field. Don’t forget a foot pump which will blow this up in minutes and if you want an extra light weight option, then a lilo is a fabulous alternative. Just don’t use it as a sledge to slide down a muddy hill like Lauren did at T in the Park.
Another one of our festival camping essentials because it’s useful when it’s sunny and useful when it rains – the perfect place to ensure all your new festival friends can chill together without attempting to squeeze into your 2 man tent. As a wee tip, in Benicassim we saw many tents pitched underneath one to create a shaded spot and keep you cool.
Nothing says festival like warm cider, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Especially when you can now buy cool boxes with wheels. WHEELS! We even saw one at a festival that had built in Bluetooth speakers #extra – if you’re a cider snob and prefer it chilled then this a definite addition to your festival survival kit.
9. GRANNY TROLLEY
An absolute essential on your festival packing list that will save you so much tears and tantrums. We have used prams, wheely bins and backpacks yet these sturdy “granny trolleys” are the best solution. My dad (a fellow festival veteran) also swears by a sledge and uses bungee cords to strap everything in. That way, when the mud gets too high the sledge can still slide through where wheels won’t.
11. AN INFLATABLE COUCH
On the topic of your chair being nicked, these are absolute festival camping essentials – simply because they are compact, lightweight sofas that require no pump to blow up. You simply swirl around for a minute, flapping it in the air and it magically inflates with the wind. Super comfortable to sleep on and also highly amusing to watch people attempt to inflate when the wind is in particularly short supply.
12. GLOW IN THE DARK TENT PEGS
Not gonna lie, we bought these to stop us tripping over the guy lines in the middle of the night and waking everyone up. A questionable addition to our festival packing list because whether your tent pegs light up or not, you’ll end up tripping over the guy lines in the middle of the night anyway, however they do make your tent look rather jazzy.
NO FESTIVAL PACKING LIST IS COMPLETE WITHOUT THESE GADGETS
13. PORTABLE CHARGER
Add this to your festival survival kit because how else are you gonna drunk call your ex when “your tune” comes on, find your tent in the dark or take selfies with sparkly strangers – phone battery is essential! We have gone through so many cheap chargers that last a day or two and then die, wasting so much money in the process. This one is the best we’ve ever used, we charge it once and it charges our phone around 7 times, meaning your phone could last a week not just a weekend!
14. PORTABLE MUSIC SPEAKER
Because applying face glitter to the sound of your best friend spewing up yesterday’s cider doesn’t quite set the mood for the day. So many festivals are now on Spotify, so ensure you download a playlist or two as having a wee dance at the tent always gets you hyped for the real deal. Failing that, a good old Disney Frozen sing along is guaranteed to make your camping neighbours your friends – or not.
NOW FOR THE FUN PART OF THE FESTIVAL PACKING LIST…
15. WELLY BOOTS / WELLY WARMERS
The minute I put my welly boots on I feel festival ready. Finding the right pair can prove a bit of a mission – I’ve gone for aesthetic over practical so many times and they end up cracking with too much dancing and jumping around. A good tip (and more sustainable option) rather than buying a new pair every summer, invest in a good pair and jazz them up with socks or “welly warmers”. I’ve seen so many people just buy the Hunter welly warmer, on top of a perfect pair of Asda Welly boots! Welly warmers not only keep your feet warm but also prevent the boots rubbing against your legs after dancing in them for hours on end so a must have in your festival survival kit!
So many companies & festival stalls try and rip you off with face glitter. Depending you don’t throw it around like confetti (which I obviously don’t haha) then this should last you all Summer. A great tip I was told from a festival pro – although please do not use if you have sensitive skin but in order to get the glitter to stick for over 12 hours, use eyelash glue. This can be a life saver as it’s meant for skin anyway and dries clear!
17. WATERPROOF PONCHO
No festival outfit is complete without a waterproof poncho. Find a funky one which makes you extra noticeable in a crowd when you become split up from friends (or when you’re aired on National TV wearing a lady bird one like Loz was). Don’t wait and think you’ll buy one there if you need one, festivals will rip you off majorly for this sort of thing. Buy one before you go because trust us, you’ll need one.
Circa 2007 when my sisters were aged 10 and off to their second ever festival, my mum let them pack. Cue the confusion when they arrived, my mum opened their bag and discovered they’d only packed a selection of hats. No clothes. They had the right idea from a young age, hats are essentials to any festival packing list (allowing protection from the sun blah blah safety first) but also, the crazier the better to be more noticeable in a crowd! “Can you help me find my friend, she’s wearing an orange sparkly cowboy hat?” is bound to help. . .
20. FESTIVAL PLAYSUITS
Admittedly I am a self confessed hoarder of festival playsuits (I own over 30), however despite the obvious porta-loo playsuit issue they are the best for festivals as it is an entire outfit in one garment. You literally need 2 festival playsuits, a poncho and some welly boots and that’s your festival wardrobe sorted for the weekend!
24. LIP BALM
You may be like wtf? But I will never forget T in The Park festival when I was 16 and so many people stopping to ask if anyone had lip balm – sunshine & cider all day had made our lips so beautifully crispy we would’ve paid good money for one of these so it’s now part of our festival survival kit!
27. YOUR TICKET!
Probably the most important item on this festival checklist, do not be one of those people that have to buy a new one for triple the price from a dodgy dude outside the gate!
So there you have our festival survival kit secrets and should now be fully equipped to take on any field and dance as if you’re in Ibiza. Have we missed something from our festival packing list? Let us know in the comments what your festival essentials and favourite festivals are so we can be bopping in a campsite near you soon!
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