Festival Packing Essentials & Tips

With Glasto just around the corner I thought I'd make a quick post on my packing essentials for both day festivals and camping ones and throw in a few tips as well. I actually meant to post this after I attended Parklife but as always, I seem to have neglected my poor little blog once again!
After attending Leeds Festival for the weekend four years running and going last year for the day as well as Parklife, I feel I'm a pretty experienced festival goer and have all the essentials nailed down to a tee. So here's my list of things to remember:

For The Day -

  • Hand Gel
  • Tissues
  • Cash (If there are ATM machines in the festival you'll be charged a bomb to withdraw from them)
  • Print Out Timetable
  • Lip Balm
  • Rain Coat
  • Sunglasses (Even if it's rainy they'll help keep the rain from ruining your eye makeup)
  • Wet Wipes
  • Lighter (Even if you don't smoke, you will get asked for a light at least 20 times)
Only For The Weekend - 
  • Backpack/Bumbag
  • Disposable Camera (You don't want to be lugging around a heavy, expensive camera so if you want some memories these are a good option)
  • Deck of Cards (Great for drinking games and getting to know your camping neighbours)
  • Bin Bag/Camping Chair (If you want to go lightweight just take a bin bag to sit on)
  • Deodorant (Lots of it!!)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Perfume Sample (You don't need to take a full size just for the weekend)
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Medication (Plasters for blisters, paracetamol for hangovers & any period related pills)
  • Makeup Wipes (So much more practical than micellar waters)
  • Moisturiser (Preferably with an SPF)
  • Sun Protection
  • Compact Mirror
If you're camping, take as much food and drink with you as you can especially if you're drinking alcohol. Food & drink is seriously overpriced inside festivals so take something small such as cereal/protein bars to fill you up. Most camping festivals let you take alcohol as long as it's not in glass bottles so if you want to be drinking wine you'll have to decant it into a plastic bottle before you go! 

Take more money than you think you'll need. Trust me, it's far better to come home with money left over than to run out on the second day. 

If you can find timetables online beforehand, print them off as they always charge a ridiculous amount for them inside the arena and you don't want to miss your favourite act. 

Give up your dream now of seeing all the bands you want to see. I know you've paid a lot of money but it's best to just have a couple acts you must see and then go with the flow for the rest of the weekend. There's always a few clashes so be prepared to have to compromise. 

Only take a few basic makeup bits. I know this can be hard to whittle down but the truth is, you'll end up sweating off all your makeup anyway so you might as well save a bit of space in your backpack! You don't need to be contouring at a festival, unless you really want to in which case go for it. 

If you buy a bottle of water, save the bottle as most festivals provide clean, drinking water at various sites so you can just refill that for free rather than shelling out time after time for more bottles. 

So I think those are all the tips I have or at least the only ones I can think of. Other than that, just enjoy yourself and embrace the filth and mud! It's a once in a lifetime experience so make the most of it. If you're at Glastonbury this weekend then I hope you have an amazing time! Any other festivals people are looking forward to?

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