Are you going to a music festival and want tips on what to pack? Then read on.
I’ll be heading to my fourth Glastonbury Festival at the end of June, and after much overpacking in the past I have come to realise that as long as I have the absolute essentials to keep comfortable and clean for the five days, I am off to a great start.
So here are the 10 essentials you need for a five day music festival.
1. Your festival ticket!
An obvious one, but this is pretty much the only thing that you cannot purchase whilst there.
2. A reliable tent
I made a rooky mistake at my first Glastonbury, I bought a ‘2 man’ festival tent. In reality it fit one small woman (me) on a single air mattress and nothing else.
The following year I bought this great 3 man tent.
It is just perfect for me, my belongings and leaves me enough space to get ‘washed’ and dressed.
This really makes the world of difference and means that I get a decent nights sleep.
I have an airbed similar to this one.
It takes about five or so minutes to inflate with the built in foot pump (it’s a good workout).
It stays inflated, as long as you make sure to close the release valve properly!
4. Sleeping bag
Make sure you get one that is warm enough, and if you have the legs of a gazelle, long enough.
5. Practical clothes
Of course you may want to bring some fun clothes and that’s great, but do bring items you can layer and mix and match; a light waterproof jacket; something warm for bed (at night it can be colder than you would expect).
6. Extra underwear and socks
This is the one area I suggest that you slightly overpack. Who knows, you might want to change partway through the day be that because of hot weather, wet weather, or mishaps …I’m not here to judge, anything could happen!
7. Comfortable footwear
Be prepared for surprise wet weather. The wellies or walking boot debate continues and it is completely up to you, but whichever you choose, make sure they are well worn in as you will be doing a lot of dancing and most likely lots of walking.
It can get a bit boggy around the toilets and water taps so at least bring something more waterproof than your fresh white plimsolls!
8. Basic wash items
For me that is a toothbrush and toothpaste; razor; washcloth; shower gel; quick drying towel; moisturiser (look after the skin you’re in); deodourant. If you have problem skin, try to keep up with your cleansing routine even if it is a simplified version.
You may also find my blog post on how to stay clean useful.
9. Just in case items
Tampons, pain relief, sun cream, plasters, mini sewing kit and safety pins, duct tape (for any rips or tears).
I also bring a sleep eye mask to block out the early morning light.
10. Portable power bank
Unless you’re doing a digital detox while you are there, you will need a power bank to charge your phone.
Be sure to get one that has the capacity to fully charge your phone for the duration of the festival. I have one of these 5000mAh capacity power banks and a seperate 10000mAh capacity from the same brand and they usually power my phone for the full five days.
The higher the mAh, the more power it can hold, therefore the more times you can charge your phone.
Tip: Switch your phone to airplane mode whilst charging (it charges quicker) and when you are not using your phone, or turn off your 4G to save battery power.
Thats it! Get packing and have a great time.