The essential festival packing checklist

Posted on: 25 April 2019

It’s that time of year again. Time to dust off your wellies while cracking the mud off your third favourite pair of sunglasses, chosen for their rugged cheapness – festivals are coming.

Every year, despite preparing, something gets forgotten – you only realise you need it when you don’t have it. We’ve compiled a brief list of absolute essentials to bring along with you to make the less glamourous side of festivals easier for you.

The roof over your head essentials

  • Tent, sleeping bag, roll mat and pillow – taking these four things should make sure you’re all set, sleep wise
  • Toilet roll – trust us
  • Reusable water bottle – some festivals have said they won’t be selling bottled water this year, so make sure you remember a bottle.
  • Some sort of light – your phone is fine, but be careful about battery usage.
  • Camping chair – you don’t want to be the one who has to sit in the mud.


Garment essential

  • Wellies and sturdy shoes – be ready for lots of walking and standing. Wellies because it’s the UK and it makes sense.
  • Jumper and a waterproof – a certain cold exists at festivals that you’ll never experience anywhere else in the world, make sure you take a warmer and something to keep you dry.
  • Change of clothes plus extras
  • Hat
  • A day bag  

The cleanliness essentials

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo and hairbrush
  • Baby wipes and face wipes
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Sun cream 

All of these things are crucial to keep you feeling somewhat ‘human’ in the inevitable lengthy gaps between showers.


Techy essentials

  • Phone
  • Charger pack

Sustenance essentials

  • Breakfast bars
  • Sweets and treats
  • Fruit
  • Kettle, tea bags and coffee – naturally

The essential essentials

  • Ticket – Speaking from experience, this isn’t fun to forget.
  • ID
  • Money – how else will you buy giant Yorkshire puddings? 

We hope anyone going to a festival this year has an amazing and safe time.

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