31 Essentials you must pack to guarantee an amazing Festival experience

By 02/04/2016 Blog 2 Comments

Summer is here and so are the festivals!
Let’s get prepared.

This festival checklist aims to cover all the essentials of what to pack for a festival and any extras alongside, to ensure you don’t end up (literally) stuck in the mud.

Anything missing? Feel free to make suggestions in the comments!

  • Travel & Festival Tickets – Obvious really.
  • Identification –  To prove you are you. And of legal drinking age.
  • Directions / Maps – Don’t get lost on the way there and miss stuff. Very embarrassing. You are also expected to find your way home afterwards.
  • Cash & Cards – You will need money. It is inevitable.


  • Raincoat & Waterproofs – Because it will probably rain. British summer time at its best.
  • Wellies – You don’t want to lose your awesome new vans in the mud.
  • Sunglasses – No-one looks cool if they spend the whole weekend squinting into the sunlight.
  • Headgear – This is especially relevant for the follicly challenged. wear a hat to keep the sun off.
  • Clothes & Shoes – Obviously bring clothes to wear. Durgh. Plus you can wrap them in Plastic bags to keep them dry and ready for action.


  • Phone – So you can keep track of your mates and Instagram every precious moment.
  • Chargers / Batteries – So you can keep Instagramming / texting / facebooking
  • Torch – Makes looking for stuff in your tent at night that little bit easier.
  • Umbrella – Just be prepared for rain OK.
  • Tent – You should definitely double check you have this packed before setting off.
  • Sleeping Bag / Pillow / Mat – Comfortable sleep = having more fun during the day.
  • Books / Magazines – Great for the journeys. Or if you get up earlier than everyone else.
  • Bin Bags – Tidy up after yourself. Were you born in a barn? Bin bags work better than sleeping in the midst of the filth. And you can use them to keep your stuff dry.


  •  Toothbrush & Toothpaste – Bad breath will not be popular in a crowd. Or if you are sharing a tent.
  • Deodorant / Antiperspirant – BO will not be popular in a crowd. Or if you are sharing a tent.
  • Towel – Because you may wish to make the transition from wet to dry.
  • Dry Shampoo – Tame that greasy hair you gorgeous creature you.
  • Wet Wipes – The single most important way of staying remotely clean / human/ respectable. Use liberally. Wipe everywhere.
  • Contraception  – As my dad always said, hope for the best, plan for the worst. This is hope.
  • Toilet roll – For cleaning up all manner of ungodly messes. Always take your own to the loo.


  • Lighter / Matches – For lighting BBQ’s, Cigarettes, Pipes, Cigars and waving in the air during a slow number.
  • Bottle & Tin Openers – If you are taking bottles/ cans. Take something to open them with. It’s not rocket science.
  • Cutlery – Probably a good idea unless you plan on using your grubby hands or a lukewarm barbecued sausage as a spoon.
  • Cooking Equipment – If you plan on saving a few quid than you can swerve the food stalls and take a few basics with you.
  • Blanket – Sleep in it. Picnic upon it. Or retreat to your safe place grasping your blankie.
  • Food & Drink – Depends how prepared you want to be. Don’t take any perishable items though! Take it from me that Malt Loaf can be a life saver.
  • Earplugs – Because the people in the next tent over are going to be having noisy sex. Trust me on this.

Looking for some festival tickets? The head to eventim.co.uk/festival-tickets to get tickets to some of the biggest and best festivals happening this summer in the UK and Europe.

Anything missing? Feel free to make suggestions in the comments!

About Adam French

I write about all of our upcoming events, plus features, competitions, playlists and anything else I feel like.

  • Ross Barr-Scragg

    Ta Adam x

  • celia

    Pain killers and Rennies are also important :) plasters too! I somehow managed to slice my thumb on a beer can last year and needed plasters D:

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