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Festival Checklist

Festival season is back, and whilst we’re all probably eager to get the partying started right away, you can’t go to any festival without a certain few essentials. If you’re going to survive the experience, you need the right equipment! A few small things can make all the difference between the best weekend of your life or a vacation to hell on earth.

Here’s a festival checklist of everything any naïve festival goer needs to make their experience absolutely perfect in every way!

1. A Tent

Festivals don’t exactly provide luxury hotel accommodation, so you’re going to need a good tent to sleep in after the partying is over for the day. We recommend you choose a tent that’s easy to assemble, durable and has enough room for you and all your friends.A good tent is the minimum required at a  festival You may need some tent pegs too, to secure your tent in place so it isn’t blown away by awesomeness (or the wind).

2. Sleeping Bags

You’ve got your tent but it needs a little extra home comfort. Sleeping bags or inflatable mattresses will provide all the comfort needed so you can get a good night’s rest. You’re going to need plenty of Z’s to have the energy to enjoy all the partying and music!

3. Wellies

Festivals are well known for being full of mud. It’s absolutely everywhere and if you don’t wear sensible footwear it WILL ruin your good time. They might look silly but wellies are your best friend at a festival, especially if it’s raining a lot. Luckily, there are a lot of stylish and unique wellington boots out there so you don’t have to look like a lost farmer.

4. Hygiene Products

A word of warning, it gets pretty smelly at festivals. But there are ways to prevent yourself from stinking out the place. You can always try the classic wet wipe wash, which should allow you to clean the essential body parts that get the smelliest (you don’t need us to tell where those are). Alternatively, portable showers are also a fine way to wash in a bathing suit. Don’t forget your deodorant, and – we can’t stress this enough – bring a toothbrush and toothpaste as well. There’s no bigger buzz-kill than smelly breath!

Stock up on the essentials before you set off for that festival!

5. Coolers & Bags

Your festival essentials aren’t going to carry themselves you know, so make sure you have the bags for the job. You need room for clothes, hygiene products and various other bits and bobs. A cooler bag is also highly recommended to keep your food fresh and your drinks ice cool.

6. Sun Cream

Although expecting sunshine in this country requires a stretch of the imagination, occasionally a rare sunbeam may poke its way through the clouds and burn you. But there’s one way to prevent unnecessary sunburns and the long term effects that can cause, and that’s by stocking up on some sunscreen. Use it – even when it’s not that sunny. Your skin will thank you later.

7. Disposable Barbecues

Festival food from stalls is expensive, and eating uncooked food can be boring. So, what’s the solution? A disposable barbecue! They can be bought fairly cheaply and even novice chefs can cook up delicious food. At least with one of these bad boys your group of friends can have one decent meal for the duration of the festival. Just make sure you cook those burgers properly. If you must vomit, it may as well be from overexcitement rather than pink meat.

8. Rain Ponchos

As they always say, its better to have one and not need it than need it and not have one!

You can pray all you want for sunshine, sods law states it will always rain when you go to a festival. So you may as well come prepared and bring a rain poncho. They might look stupid but for mere pennies they keep you perfectly dry. A soggy camper is not a happy one.

9. Condoms

There’s no guarantee it will happen, but there may come a point where you hook up with someone and, in the words of Daft Punk, “get lucky”. If this should happen, you need proper protection. Always stock plenty of condoms. They don’t need to be fancy, just able to keep you safe. If you forget your johnnies you might end up leaving the festival with more than just happy memories. Always check that your condoms are in date before you use them too!

10. Water, Precious Water

Bringing water to a giant party in a field might seem lame, but you shouldn’t underestimate the value of clean H2O. Dehydration is a serious issue when all you’re doing is lots of jumping around and replacing all your body fluids with alcohol. Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated, which is especially important in sunny weather, and helps ease the pain of those awful hangovers. You can also use water for cleaning. Bringing water doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? So stock up on some flasks and bottles of the precious life giving liquid like there’s no tomorrow!


Now you’ve read our checklist, you should be one step closer to being perfectly prepared for that festival. However, there’s much more you need to know before setting off, so make sure to read the rest of our ultimate festival guide. Don’t forget to stock up on those festival essentials either!

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Written by Laura Swift

Laura Swift


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