Whether you’re a seasoned festival pro or this is your first time we can all do with a helping hand when it comes to packing. Here we’ve listed some of the essentials.
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1. Your Ticket
Together with any ID you may need and your wallet, your ticket is not to be forgotten. You don’t want to be chowing down on your motorway pit-stop burger only to remember your tickets are two hours back in that place you put stuff where you definitely won’t forget it.
2. First Aid Kit
If you’re attending Austin City Limits in October you’ll be able to marvel over having remembered your first aid kit as you enjoy the indie stylings of First Aid Kit. Regardless of where the festival is plasters and pain killers are likely to come in handy at some point, most likely the latter part of the festival when we’re all a bit worse for wear.
But the tent bag is so big, you couldn’t possibly forget that! …or could you? Sometimes it can be easy to become so preoccupied with the smaller more forgettable things that you find you’re stood in a muddy field with a travel speaker, an acoustic guitar, sun cream and no tent.
4. Wet Wipes
Parting a festival crowd like the seven seas with your three day no shower stench has its advantages if you’re keen on getting to the front quickly, but it won’t win you any friends. When the shower queue is fifty deep and you’re desperate to see the next act a quick private moment between just you and the wet wipes is the best course of action.
5. Sleeping Bag
You’re going to find yourself very cold if all you bring is your clothes and a ground sheet. Nobody would intentionally not pack a sleeping bag but they roll up so small that they can easily be missed when packing. If you want to spend the weekend snug as a bug in a rug you should not misplace that sleeping bag.
6. Dry Shampoo
If you don’t bring dry shampoo and you’re not able to shower there’s only so much wet wipes can do for you. No dry shampoo and as day 3 approaches your head will be greasier than the festival burger vans.
Phones have torches but they also have poor battery life at festivals. You don’t want to find yourself stumbling about in the dark at three in the morning with a dead phone battery and no light source, especially if you’ve just spent £4.70 on a tiny tray of cheesy chips. I appreciate they were expensive, but wading through mud in the dark for chips is not dignified even if you are sick of freeze dried noodles and pasta.
8. Cooking Equipment
You may not be too keen on noodles, pasta and soup in plastic containers at home but out on the road they’re trusty friends. Your trusty friends will be very dry, very powdery and very cold without cooking equipment.
If you are attending a festival in the UK it’s always sensible to be mindful of the weather. Waking up in a tent isn’t the best feeling as it is without having to worry about climbing into a pair of crusty mud caked shoes. You don’t have to wear them all the time, but if it looks like it’s threatening to rain it’s easy to pop back to your tent and change shoes.
10. Portable Speaker
When you’ve just witnessed an awe inspiring festival set it can be frustrating having to wait until you get home to listen to your favourite songs again, so why not bring a portable speaker? Unwinding with a mug of noodles and a cup of tea is vastly improved by a bit of background music.