So, you’ve got tickets for a festival? Lucky you! The headliners are confirmed and you’re officially a pro at putting up that tent that’s been collecting dust over the past year. However, in all the excitement, it can be easy to overlook the most important part of festival prep…the packing! Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled the ultimate festival checklist.

Camping gear, tent, and ticket at the ready? Let’s go!

Toiletries checklist

Sun cream

Remember how your mum used to nag you about putting on sun cream on holiday? Well, the same goes for a festival. Avoid those sunburn lines with a handy spray bottle of sun cream. Extra points if it’s water resistant so you can sweat away in the dance tent without needing to top up.

Aftersun

Sometimes the inevitable happens and you end up with sunburnt skin. Instead of staying locked up in your tent all day, pack some aftersun and get yourself back to the main stage! However, If you do catch sunstroke or have seriously damaged your skin, make sure to head to the medical tent instead of relying on aftersun. 

Biodegradable make-up wipes

Leave your skincare routine at home and swap it for these handy make-up remover wipes. Most festivals these days also won’t allow you to bring in products that aren’t biodegradable. Thankfully, these wipes are made from 100% biodegradable material. Efficient and environmentally friendly!

Roll on deodorant

This one is a no-brainer and an undeniable essential on any festival checklist. Opt for a roll on deodorant instead of an aerosol and save room while packing.

Pocket hand sanitiser

Do festival loos ever really have hand soap? Or is that just a myth? Better not to risk it and take some handy pocket hand sanitisers just in case!

Feminine wipes

Perhaps feminine wipes aren’t ‘essential’ so to speak but there’s a lot to be said for feeling fresh and clean down there.

Paracetamol

Don’t let a hangover stop you from standing front row! Painkillers are a must for any festival goer who wants to truly get the most out of their time.

Flushable toilet wipes

Much like the elusive hand soap, toilet roll is also known for its disappearing act at festivals. Instead of taking up loads of packing room with a 6 pack of loo roll, take some flushable toilet paper wipes instead. Perfect for slotting in your bum bag and having with you at all times.

Detangling hair brush

Couple this brush with some dry shampoo and get rid of any nasty knots that may have accumulated in your locks. It’s also super small so will easily slot into your packing bag.

2in1 shampoo & conditioner

For longer festivals such as Glasto, you may want to wash your hair. 2in1 shampoo and conditioners are an absolute godsend at festivals and will most definitely become your new best friend.

Towel

Want to brave the showers? You’ll need a towel, and this navy hand towel should do the trick. It won’t take up too much room but will most definitely come in handy!

Toothbrush

Leave your Oral B Pro 6000 at home and use some eco-friendly bamboo brushes instead. Pack alongside a travel sized toothpaste and you’re good to go.

Contraceptives

In all the excitement of being away from home, it can be easy to forget to practice safe sex. Whether you intend to have sex or not, it’s always best to be ready, and more importantly, safe.

Make-Up

Festival pictures truly are the reigning champions of Instagram. After all, if you don’t get a picture, did you really go? It’s truly up to you whether you choose to be a bare faced beauty or go all out with your make-up. Whatever your choice, you won’t want to forget your beauty essentials

Food checklist

When it comes to food, there is no denying how delicious festival food trucks are. However, they aren’t the most cost-effective choice. Chances are the ticket itself set you back a few pounds so you should definitely try and be as frugal as possible when it comes to your food. Here are our food essentials and tips.

Multi-Pack crisps

Crisps are a festival staple, and for good reason. They’re the perfect on the go snack and a quick and easy way to curb those mid-set hunger pangs without resorting to overpriced nachos. Seabrooks has a flavour for every taste, plus they’re in a handy multipack so you don’t eat them all in one sitting. 

Cereal bars

Cereal bars are the holy grail of festival snacks. The perfect pick me up and small enough to fit in your bum bag, these bars are a must on your packing list. 

Pot noodle

We couldn’t write a list of festival food essentials and not include Pot Noodles! The undisputed king of instant meals, instant noodles are super tasty and take minutes to make. Just ask your nearest food stall for hot water. 

Pasta

If you fancy something a little more substantial, pasta should be top of your festival checklist. You’ll need a camping stove, so add one to your packing list if need be. Pair with pesto for a quick, easy, and filling meal. 

Soup sachets

Even in peak British Summertime, the weather can still be cold and gloomy. For days when it won’t stop raining and you need a little help warming up, Heinz Cream of Tomato sachets are just perfect. Simply mix with hot water, give it a stir, and you’ll warm up in no time.

Biscuits

Nibbles are a festival must and biscuit multipacks like Jammie Dodgers minis are sure to do the trick when you fancy a light snack. Slot one in your bag and munch while you gaze adoringly at the headline act. 

Food containers

For the hyper-organised among you, food prep is probably something you’ve considered. It saves money, time, and guarantees you get a hearty meal down you without trudging to the nearest food truck. Grab a 4-pack of food containers and fill up with your favourite pre-cooked food before you go. You’ll have enough to keep you boogying all weekend without taking up too much packing space.

Tea bags

While most countries would argue against tea bags being a festival essential, us Brits know better. The perfect way to start your (inevitably not so fresh) morning, Tetley tea bags definitely belong on your list.

Cutlery

There’s no point having food if you’ve got no cutlery to eat it with, and you might as well be eco-friendly too with some wooden cutlery

Sweets

For moments when you feel yourself flagging after a long day of dancing, you need a sugar kick. A few of your favourite sweets like classic strawberry Chewits are sure to do the trick. In a huge multipack, there’s enough for everyone in your group to enjoy.

Essential clothes

When it comes to clothes, a lot of stuff is self-explanatory. However, in case you need reminding, here is a festival checklist.

  • Wellies
  • Sturdy shoes
  • A warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Changes of clothes for every day plus a couple of extras
  • Clean clothes for the trip home
  • Hat
  • Laundry bag
  • Warm socks
  • A day bag / bum bag

Other essentials

Plastic water bottle

Hydration is key at a festival and you don’t want to be buying a water bottle every time you feel thirsty. Bring your own water bottle and simply top up as you see fit. A lot of festivals also don’t allow glass on site, so make sure any liquid you bring is decanted into a plastic bottle.

Paper cups

Paper cups might be more picnic than festival but they’ll make drinks round the campsite that much easier.

Portable phone charger

You’ve got to have enough juice to take those Insta pics with!

First aid kit

While all festivals will have their own on-site medical tent, it’s always a good idea to bring your own basic first aid kit of plasters and bandages.

To finish off, here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  1. If you’re going with a group of mates, make sure you chat amongst yourselves to find out who’s bringing what. This will stop you from doubling up and bringing unnecessary stuff. 
  2. You’ll have to lug your stuff in and out of the festival so only bring what you need. Your 7 step skincare routine? Probably best to leave it at home. 
  3. Festivals that are only two or three days long will require a different packing list than five or six day festivals such as Glastonbury, so pack accordingly.
  4. Lastly, have fun and be safe!

Now you know exactly what to bring with you to your upcoming festival, check out our range of toiletries, food, and beauty essentials. Whether you’re a light packer or love to go all out, you’ll be festival ready in no time with this festival checklist.

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