Search

en / USD $

Ultimate Festival Essentials Checklist: The Fun, The Smart and The Necessary


You'll forget something. You'll get really jealous of something someone else didn't forget. And you'll swear to yourself that you'll come better prepared next time.

Glitter, baby wipes and duct tape don't normally have much in common, but at a music festival they all become your best friends – especially if you're camping.

Here's your ultimate festival essentials checklist, from camping necessities to those extra flourishes that'll make your momma proud.


The Fun

 

Fancy dress


Solo or in a group, fun levels skyrocket with a full-body costume. Meeting new people has also never been easier.



Glitter


Shimmer and shine like a true festival spirit. But make sure it's eco-friendly.

Other face/body makeup


Bright colours also rule, as does the ability to cover over each morning's tiredness, if that's your thing.

A water gun


If it's going to be hot.

Frisbee


Make it a light-up one if you'll want to play at night.

Inflatable flamingo / pineapple


Just something filled with air to wave around in the crowd. You might even get noticed by your favourite artist.



The Smart 

 

Old, light-coloured clothes


If there's going to be a paint party.

Baby wipes


It's a classic. You might not immediately think of them, but any seasoned festival fan will tell you baby wipes are indispensable.

Dry shampoo


No need for a shower, and your hair will look (almost) as good as new.

Duct tape


You really never know what might fall apart at any moment. 

Toilet roll


You'll 100% need it, and the festival toilets will 100% run out way before the festival is over.

Poncho


A necessary if you're going to a UK festival. Because the rain will always hit.



Guinness, or red wine


Because they're fine (or even at their best) at lukewarm temperatures.

Paracetamol


For headaches and more. Or Ibuprofen, which the NHS website informs me you can take alongside beer.

Plastic bags / bin bags


One of those handy things that comes in handy more often than you'd think. And if you forget your poncho or rain coat, a bin bag with holes in it comes a close second.

Clothes pegs


Rain = wet clothes = the ability to hang them up if the sun comes out again = a happy you.

Inflatable pillow


Packs up small, doesn't take much breath to blow up, and will improve your sleep immeasurably. Sure, go for its big brother the Blowup Mattress if you really want, but you'll need a pump for that.

Earplugs + eyemask


Unless you can sleep through any amount of noise and bright sun coming in through your tent walls.

Folding chair


If you're going to a camping festival, you'll end up buying a folding chair anyway. Much cheaper to get beforehand, and it'll last longer before eventually collapsing too.



Torch / headtorch / flashlight / headlamp


It's hard to see in the dark.

Portable phone charger. Fully charged before you leave


Avoid the solar-powered variety, which to be honest will probably let you down.

Blister plasters


Saving your feet is a noble goal. Being on hand to save someone else's feet (and therefore weekend) will make you the best friend ever.

Berocca


Little fizzy orange doses of magic, bringing more than your daily dose of Vitamin C direct to all of your major organs.

Backpack


A big hiking bag beats roller suitcase any day. And check if you can take a little one into the arena/venues.



The Necessary

 

Festival ticket


Duh.

Tent


Don't be a douche. Take it back home with you.

Sleeping bag


Synthetic is lightest, so probably most convenient.

Roll mat / sleeping mat


Hard ground is not fun.

Wellies


The most powerful of all festival outfit weapons.

Knee socks if you're taking wellies but it might be hot


The ideal companion to the most powerful of all festival outfit weapons.

Sun cream / sunscreen / sun block


Whatever you call it, only a fair-skinned fool thinks they'll survive without it.

Contraception


Stay safe and respectful at all times, people.

Extra toiletries


Toothbrush, mini toothpaste, deodorant, contact lens + solution (and glasses with case).

Sunglasses


Aviators, round or thick-rimmed. Make sure they're real shiny.



Hat


Cap or beanie, or both.

Clothing for all weather


Layer up and make sure you're not caught short.

Cash and card


The more caaaaaaash you take, the less queuing you'll eventually do. But take one card too, because you'll almost certainly need it. Leave the rest behind.

Unless the festival you're going to is fully cashless, in which case scratch the above, and just be armed with your wristband and a card to top up with.

ID


A lot of festivals will want this on entry; all of them should want it when you're buying drinks if you don't definitely look over 25.

Medication


If there's anything you need to take daily or in particular circumstances, please Lord don't forget it.


More like this:

Do you have any questions?

Check our FAQs