The festival season is upon us and it is time to start thinking about what you need to pack. Whether you’re heading to UK-based festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival, Leeds or Creamfields, or heading further afield to Belgium’s Tomorrowland, Serbia’s Exit or Hungary’s Sziget, the essential items are more or less the same.
We’ve put together a list that every festival-goer needs in their backpack, so you can make sure you have everything you need.
1. A good tent
If the last time you went camping was with your parents when you were a kid, it might be time to invest in a new tent. There is a broad range on the market, so it can be pretty overwhelming looking for a new one, but the three main factors you need to consider are your pitching ability, budget and party size.
Some tents are designed just for sleeping in, while others offer more living space for relaxing or cooking. Tent sizes are measured in berths, taking into account both the number of people and luggage it can hold. An ideal size for a solo camper is a two man tent, while a four man tent suits a duo - essentially, double the amount of people for the relevant size. Height is also important and you should consider finding one that is large enough for you to stand up in as you may need to wash and change in it.
As well as a suitable tent, there are other camping items you won’t be able to live without, such as a sleeping bag and roll mat. Our advice is not to skimp on quality when it comes to these items as you’ll want to make sure you’re warm and comfortable for some serious shut-eye so you can make the most of the festival.
If camping isn’t really your bag, most festivals offer luxury camping facilities. From tipis to yurts, festival revellers can live the life of the rich and famous by glamping while enjoying the sights and sounds.
No matter what festival you are attending, we know that you like to look good while you’re rocking out to your favourite artists, but not being ready for the elements can dampen your time there. If you’re heading to a festival where the weather is notoriously unpredictable, being prepared for all eventualities is a must.
We’d recommend that no matter where you’re heading you take a hoodie or sweatshirt, a waterproof jacket and those all-important wellies, which you won’t look out of place in come rain or shine. A hat and sunglasses are essential too as standing in the sun for long periods can be just as enduring as cold and wet conditions. Just remember when you’re getting your wardrobe in order, the more comfortable you are, the more fun you’re likely to have.
While you may think slumming it is part of the festival experience, nothing can make you feel more uncomfortable than being dirty and smelly, plus not taking care of yourself while at a festival can cause serious problems for your health. We’re not suggesting you should empty the contents of your bathroom cabinet into your rucksack, just take the necessary items to keep you fresh and clean.
To help you decide what you should be taking, we’ve put together the following list of essential toiletries:
- Wet wipes
- Dry shampoo
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- A small mirror
- Small first-aid kit, including plasters, sterile wipes and bandages
- Insect repellent
You might also want to glam up at some point, so don’t forget to pack your makeup and face wipes, as well as any other beauty products you regularly use.
4. Portable power
There are lots of great moments to capture at festivals, whether it’s that selfie watching your favourite band, the art installation that caught your eye or just a group shot around your campsite, so you want to make sure your smartphone or camera doesn’t run out of juice.
The perfect way to power up your devices while away from home is with a powerbank, like the Ventura Portable Power PB60. This vibrant orange accessory should be every festival goer’s best friend. It easily fits into any backpack and provides enough power to charge a standard smartphone three or four times. Take a look at our portable solar panels and our other powerbanks.
If you want a way to stay in touch with your group to save your phone’s battery, these walkie talkies from Cobra Electronics EMEA are a great gadget. They let you stay in touch with your friends within a 10km range.
5. Food and drink
While you might think a questionable burger from a cheap van is all there is to eat at festivals, the bigger events actually boast some quite amazing food trucks with culinary delights from around the world. However, if you don’t want to splash out for every meal, it’s a good idea to pack your own food and stock up at the local supermarkets. A few simple items, such as beans, sausages and bread, should prevent your from going hungry - just make sure to check you are allowed to take them.
If you’re going to be cooking your own food, you’ll need a stove, fuel source, pots, pans, plates and cutlery, which can be a bit much for one person to carry. Arrange with your group how many you should take and who should carry it to even out the load. If you’re taking drinks and alcohol, be wary of how much you can actually carry - although we’re sure most of you will be willing to take the extra weight - and remember to take a corkscrew or bottle opener with you.
6. Your ticket
We hope this goes without saying, but don’t forget your ticket. If you’re travelling abroad, make sure you have the relevant travel documents and your passport.