What To Take To A Festival

To make life easier for festival season, here is a run down of all the essentials you need to take to any festival, especially in the UK. This weekend I’m off to Lost Village with Rocket Dog Shoes and I’m pretty excited. I’ve not been to a dance festival before and this one has all kinds of fancy things going on. I’ll be doing a vlog of the weekend, so keep an eye on my YouTube channel if you wanna see that! Anyway, for UK festivals you need to be prepared for anything as the weather is just so erratic! Layering, waterproofs, cleaning, warmth. 

What To Take To A Festival

Sensible Footwear: The amount of people who I know who still pack just sandals to take to a festival. JUST. SANDALS. It’s not Coachella, it’s England. You can’t seem to predict the weather so you kind of need to be prepared for anything. One year at Leeds we were knee deep in mud, then the next year not a drop of rain. Of course, for Lost Village I’m hoping for plenty of sun, but a safe all-rounder is a comfortable ankle boot. They’ll keep your feet dry and go with pretty much any outfit. I’ve chosen the Camilla Boots from Rocket Dog for my weekend of partying, and the best bit is they’re now only £39.
Wet Wipes: Obviously you don’t have to be all fancy pants with this, but you will get dirt in places that you didn’t even think was possible when at a festival. You will need them for your hands, your face, your nose, your bum. It’s amazing how dirty you get living in a field for over 72 hours. I don’t know if it’s just because my nose is slightly upturned but I get so much dirt up there it’s unreal, so go for around 4 packs to get you through!
Multi Use Make Up Products: You want to think about how heavy things are when you need to carry them from the car to the tent. Streamlining everything in the multiuse products is the best route to make sure everything is manageable and you can carry it without hiring a donkey for the weekend. Balms which can be used everywhere such as Dr Paw Paw are great for any sore lips or dry skin which may creep up when you’re exposed to the elements for so long.
SPF! Even if it’s raining, windy and cold, you are still outside ALL the time. You need to protect you skin as much as possible with SPF products. I actually forgot that the sun burns you, as we haven’t seen it for so long and I accidentally caught it with my shoulders the other day. So sun cream is firmly packing within my festival bag! Try and get a moisturing foundation with an SPF in too, as this will protect you face and will keep your skin looking good alllll day (and night) long.
Meal Replacement Bars and High Protein Snacks: Festival food is expensive, so you’re going to want to save your money to have your one ‘treat’ meal a day. Meal replacement bars like the ones from Exante are perfect, as they also contain a shed load of vitamins which I am convinced keep hangovers at bay too! There’s also high protein snacks to keep you fuller for longer which will help. Protein crackers are the future and if you’re thirsty after eating a few then just grab a can of Strongbox (although don’t quote me on that when you have one too many). 

Hair Bobbles/Clips: By day two your hair is going to look a little worst for wear, there are showers and facilities on site, but I generally just leave my hair to do what it wants. Take bobbles and clips to tie it up and create different styles each day.  I always have my extensions in for festivals, as my natural hair is still too short for fancy styles, but this way it doesn’t look as greasy as quickly and when it does I have more options for styling.

Hand Sanitizer:  There is hand sanitzer everywhere on site, but it’s always too harsh for my skin. I found the Body Shop Hand Sanitizers are not only kind of my hands, but also smell amazing. These are so potent in scent you could possibly even skip taking perfume, let’s face it, everyone smells a bit erm, gross after the first day anyway.
Spare Light Weight Clothing:You need to think about layers, lot’s of layers, preparing for the worst, but ultimately looking your best. The Muji Shrink Wrap dresses and other clothing is PERFECT for festival or holiday packing. They’re so cheap and take up so little room and also look nice layered up or worn alone. Check it out in your local Muji store, they’re really cheap for the brand and come in fancy little cubes to unravel.

Remember, the key is functional and combining as many uses in one object as possible for the majority. Another handy device which kills two birds with one stone is the Bluetooth Lantern from Vango, which I am actually so excited to try out. Not only is it a super bright lantern, but it also acts as a speaker and PHONE CHARGER. It’s a bit of an investment, but the amount I’ve wasted on those little charger things which don’t last 5 minutes soon adds up, so it would have been much wiser to just buy this from the start!

Other things you will need:

Plastic carrier bags – for dirty clothes, clean clothes, litter, keeping things dry.

Something water proof to wear!! You can find tones of Waterproof Jackets about for dead cheap now. Even IKEA is selling fold away ponchos. Oh how affordable rainwear has changed since my first festival in 2003.
A lock for your tent. One year a load of people I camped with had things stolen straight from their tents. Don’t let this scare you or put you off as security is very good. But I always take a mini padlock to lock  the zips tags on my tent together. Get a tiny one so you can hide it under the flap so it can’t be seen by passers by who are chancing a robbing spree.

A spare bottle for water and such. There’s nothing worse than waking up in a boiling hot tent and having to trapse across the camp site to the water tap. Oh, and you’ll want to take some toilet roll as there’s often a limited supply despite the best efforts of the toilet roll replenishing team!
Also remember that glass bottles are usually not allowed! So you can either decant your alcohol in to plastic bottles, or check out the cocktail pouches/bags in Asda and Home Bargains, they have quite a tasty selection.
Roll on Lost Village this weekend! #RDFestivals
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Laurel Sumner

Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic post! I wish I was going to a festival this year but nonetheless I still loved this post.
Laurel xoxo

Hips Like Cinderella

Good tips! Never been to a festival. Really must go one day, feel like I'm missing out! X



Wellies crack when the esters are released from the plastic, making them brittle. So keep in a cool, dark place! When I first started going to Leeds I NEVER took wellies and the weather was fine.. so weird. I took them for the first time in 2008 I think and that was the first time I really needed them.


I've never been to a festival before but I really hope to in the next couple of years – I had no idea how much thought it was necessary to put in to what you take though aha!



Great post – personally I wouldn't recommend a padlock myself though, we never have as we figure it makes it look like we've something worth stealing inside (although I guess that's why you hide yours)- equally, tents are pretty easy to cut open if you're desperate to get robbing.


Butting in here- When I went to Download, we took a padlock on the basis that there are so many openly available tents that thieves won't bother fighting to get into one when they could just go to the one next to it that's unlocked. As well as the fact that it's pretty noticeable to have someone cutting into a tent!


I guess it all depends on the vibe of the festival, some pride themselves on low crime rates. Another preventative method is probably to not bring anything worth stealing in the first place. We had our tent broken into at Reading last year, but they just ended up strewing our dirty (from the WHOLE WEEKEND) clothes everywhere, bit annoying but nothing to really worry about.

Shannon Wilson

I love those wellies! Hope you and Victoria have a fab time. Raspberrykiss xo


Ahhh I love those wellies! They are so cute xx