With Glastonbury kicking off this week, the British festival season is well and truly underway. There is nothing better than chilling in a field, listening to some great music with friends, and if you’re lucky, soaking up some rays too.
As a veteran festival goer and market holder, I thought I’d share some of my festival tips!
Festival packing is a fine art, especially if you’re going to a massive festival like Glastonbury where you will inevitably have to walk a long way. You also want to make sure you take home everything you bring with you, so don’t over burden yourself. However, as we all know the weather in the UK is anything but predictable so be prepared for all eventualities.
- Tent – we have a pop up tent so it’s easy to erect once you’ve found your spot.
- Reusable Water Bottle – the last thing you want at a festival is heat stroke so make sure you drink plenty of water. I aim to drink a bottle of water every hour when I’m at a festival, especially if it’s hot.
- Sleeping Bag, Airbed & Pump – we actually take a thin duvet as it’s easy to pack into a compression sack. Airbeds are heavy so if you can do with a sleeping mat, take that instead!
- Torch – I have a small head torch for hands free night time toilet trips!
- Toilet Paper
- Sun Tan Lotion
- Sun Hat, Sunglasses & Fan – having a hand held fan can feel like a real life saver if it’s really hot.
- Money, phone & ID
- Toiletries – I take deodorant, dry shampoo, wet wipes, moisturiser, toothpaste & brush, hand sanitiser, hair brush.
- Clothes – be sparing, you’ll probably end up wearing the same outfit most of the time. I definitely recommend skirts, dresses, leggings and shorts; things that are easy to wriggle into in a tent! Remember that even if it’s hot during the day, it can get really cold at night so make sure you have a jumper too.
- Bin bags
- Food & drink – have some snacks on hand in case you’re queuing for a while, as well as supplies for the weekend.
- Space blankets & pegs – attach these to the outside of your tent to keep it cool on hot days.
- Ear plugs
- Hiding place – empty and dry out a wet wipes pack to put your money, phone and keys in when you sleep. Put it under your pillow in case your tent gets broken into. Take all valuables with you when you’re not in your tent. Don’t take anything to the festival with you that’s valuable or sentimental. I only take costume jewellery, I empty out my wallet and only take my car and house keys. It’s also worth making sure your phone is backed up before you go and that you have valid insurance.
- Battery phone charger
- Bumbag – the most practical way to carry your belongings. They’re hands free, and aren’t as bulky as a rucksack. Get one that has a pouch on the back to keep your valuables in.
- Acrylic mirror – festivals don’t allow glass so get yourself a small camping mirror.
- Kimono – having something to keep the sun off on scorching days.
- Make up & glitter – don’t take anything expensive but having something to add a bit of festival sparkle is an essential in my book!
- Fancy dress – bearing in mind you don’t want to add to your packing too much, try and keep it simple. Pom pom headbands, tassel earrings, cats ear headbands and flower garlands are a great way to add some festival style.
- Berocca – give yourself a replenishing lift in the morning.
- Lip balm
- Umbrella – take a light coloured umbrella if it’s going to be hot. Instant shade if your stuck out in the sun.
- Camping chair
You can find a whole host of festival accessories at my A Rosie Life Pop Up Shop at Magdalen Flea Market on Saturday 1st July. Pom poms galore!
Whether you’re heading to Glastonbury this week, or have a festival planned for later on this summer, have a magical time!
Love, Rosie xxx