Festival Essentials

This time next week I’m going to be dancing in my wellies on the fields of Glastonbury and I can’t wait! Whilst the sleeping and cleanliness conditions won’t be great, there’s nothing quite like singing your favourite songs amongst huge crowds and seeing the sun set across a music-mad universe of its own. As it’s my second Glastonbury I’m taking all the lessons I learnt last time about what’s really essential and what’s nice to have to with me.

It’s the music event that signals the start of the peak in the festival season, meaning there are both day and weekend festivals, in the city and out, so I thought I’d share my festival essentials. They might be pretty obvious so please add your own tips in the comments!

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Every festival must-haves:

I think wellies are vital for all-day festivals in green spaces, it may be summertime in the UK but showers can arrive with hardly any notice and you really don’t want your toes trodden on in the crowds! Make sure you don’t get wellie rub with a pair of long socks. As for outfits, I’ll be going for layers, comfort and quick drying items, a hooded waterproof and a light scarf. This means denim shorts, tshirts, dresses and leggings, plus a light jacket and a pac a mac.

In your bag you’ll need hand santiser (taps and soap are a rarity and festival gel is usually really sticky), tissues (you don’t want to get caught out…), wet wipes, sun cream, a camera and enough cash for the days for outfits, I’ll be going for layers, comfort and quick drying items, a hooded waterproof and a light scarf. This means denim shorts, tshirts, dresses and leggings, plus a light jacket and a pac a mac.

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Weekend festival must-haves:

Festivals that involve overnight camping mean a whole set of other must-haves on top of the above. Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillows are the obvious ones. But I’d also recommend torches, a bottle opener and plenty of snacks (ideally ones not in cardboard packaging in case they get wet).

Packing sensibly is always a challenge for me, I’m aiming to take as many minatures of my daily morning routine as possible, plus dry shampoo, Berroca (for vitamin C!), paracetamol, and a mini first aid kit. As for outfits it’s all about interchangeable items and layering, for festival fashion lovers Rebecca on Florence Finds pointed out that having a colour pallet was handy for savvy packing. Hoodies are also worthwhile for the evening.

Festival nice-to-haves:

There are some things that you don’t need at a festival but having them can just take the edge off some of the more unpleasant sides to being in a field. To start, for weekend festivals it’s always worthwhile getting a tent one man size bigger than you need. If you’re snap happy like me you might want a spare camera battery or a disposable camera to avoid one of those lost perfect picture moments.

As for your wardrobe, I imagine having extra pairs of fresh socks and pants is good place to start for guys?? Girls, I won’t deny that I love the idea fitting in some great festival fashion but the practicality of it is limited. I’ve gone for a couple of bright accessories and patterned scarf, I’m also thinking a bright lip will help distract from a sleepless looking complexion!

Have I missed anything? Is there anything you can’t live without at a festival? I’m no expert and some of these items may be obvious to regular festival-goers so please share!

3 Comments

  1. Ben
    June 22, 2013 / 8:01 am

    “If you’re snap happy like me you might want a spare camera battery or a disposable one to avoid one of those lost perfect picture moments.”

    A disposable one?

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      June 22, 2013 / 8:17 am

      Ha! Yes not the best grammar there!! Thank you for pointing out 🙂

      • Ben
        June 23, 2013 / 10:15 am

        I think you misunderstand. I don’t care about grammar, but I do care about your intentions for my camera.