Packing for your first music festival can be something of a chore – particularly if you’re used to preparing for resort holidays or fancy weekend getaways. However, choosing the essentials to take for that ultimate guys or gals festival experience needn’t be difficult. Your backpack or duffel bag in hand, it’s time to get down to the task at hand.
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You’re going to need somewhere to stay for the duration of the festival – unless you’ve chosen to sleep offsite or glamping in pre-arranged accommodation. Make sure that you’ve practised pitching your tent before you set off, and never, ever attempt to put up your tent once you’ve started drinking. Priorities, people. Team your tent with a sleeping bag, torch and chairs.
You’re going to need a few changes of clothes for your weekend away. Well, festivals are renowned for their unpredictable weather. Consider taking a few staples items that can be dressed up and down, including:
- Wellington boots
- Flip flops or sandals
- A supply of fresh vest tops or t-shirts
- Spare shorts, trousers or skirts
- A lightweight rain jacket or poncho
- A sweatshirt or a hoody
We wouldn’t recommend taking any of your poshest, or most beloved items of clothing.
Festivals are notoriously dirty places, so you’ll want to pack a toiletry bag that will keep you feeling human for the duration of your weekend. This could include:
- Cleansing wipes
- Antibacterial hand gel
- Toilet paper or loo wipes
- A hairbrush and comb, and spare hair bands
- Medication, including allergy tablets
- Dry shampoo
- A small towel
- A first aid kit
Sure, there will be plenty of food vendors dotted around the festival, but it pays to pack your own supplies too.
- Healthy snacks, including fruit bars, dried fruit, cereals and non-perishable items
- Reon Powder Shots, so that you can keep dancing to your favourite tunes regardless of how long you’ve been on your feet.
- Bottles of water, and plenty of them
- While we wouldn’t recommend drinking to excess, particularly when it’s warm, it’s worth taking your own drinks to avoid extortionate festival rates. Check your festival’s rules and regulations for contraband.
Last, but by no means least you’re going to need a few emergency supplies. These include:
- Your tickets
- Your passport and travel documents if you’re leaving the country
- Site map, which should be freely available
- Cash and/or cards, and a discreet bag to keep them in.
- Your phone and a camera
- Batteries for your camera, or a battery pack for your phones and devices
- Ear plugs and an eye mask
- Plastic bags for rubbish and washing