Festival Packing List

What do I need to take to a festival?

This is one of the most common questions I get asked by everyone thinking of going to a festival. Although what I take differs from festival to festival, for the most part, it remains the same. Here is my comprehensive list of what to pack for a festival so that you are ready to hit the festival fields this summer.

Are you off to Bournemouth Sevens,  Love Saves the Day or Hogsozzle in a couple of weeks? As I am off to Hogsozzle for the bank holiday weekend, I thought my packing list would be a great idea to share with you all! Of course, you might not need everything that’s on my list, but I hope it gives you a good idea of what things to take…

  • Festival ticket/Wristband
  • ID
  • Cash/Card
  • Mobile Phone (Fully Charged)
  • Your festival packing list
Camping bits-and-bobs
  • Tent
  • Mallet – This is needed if the ground is super hard! I have bent so many cheap tent pegs trying to push them in with the underside of a welly!
  • Camping chair – I never do a festival without one! Sitting off the soggy ground when you pre-drinking, doing your makeup or eating is bliss.
  • Picnic Rug – Great to sit on in the campsite or fold up and put in a backpack for when in you’re in the arena.
  • Towel
  • Gas cooker (Check each festival website for restrictions on bringing gas cookers)
  • Saucepan
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Re-usable water bottle
  • Cutlery
  • Mug/Plate/Bowl
  • Sleeping mat – This could be inflatable or even as simple as a thick yoga mat.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow – I use a little pillow I have ‘eternally borrowed’ from an aeroplane.
  • Bin liners – You have no idea how useful these are! Dirty clothes, wet shoes or even as an emergency groundsheet!

Top Tip – Have a read of my Festival FAQ and Top Tip: Where to camp at a festival, so that you are prepped and ready! 

 Clothes and Shoes
  • Wellies/Walking Boots
  • Flip Flops
  • Boots/Trainers/Sandals
  • Socks
  • Welly Warmers/ Thick welly socks
  • Underwear
  • Shorts/Skirts/Jeans
  • Dresses/Playsuits/Jumpsuits
  • Tops
  • Jumpers
  • Light jacket – I take a denim jacket for the evenings as it can get chilly.
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fancy Dress
  • Accessories – Flower Crown 
  • Pyjamas
  • Swimsuit – Sounds odd but great if the showers are communal or if it’s hot!
  • Hat

Top Tip – Always have a set of clothes that you NEVER wear outside the tent. That way if all your clothes get wet or muddy you always have something warm and dry to sleep in! 

  • Battery Pack – These are incredible! Just don’t forget to charge it before you go.
  • Charging leads
  • Camera
  • Speakers
  • Torch – I have a wind-up one which doesn’t require batteries!
  • A mirror – This is something most people forget!
  • Toilet roll
  • Wet wipes
  • Dry shampoo
  • Shampoo and Conditioner – Most festivals do have hot showers
  • Shower Gel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Makeup
  • Glitter – Use my code ‘TFB50’ with Kiss & Glitter for 50% Discount at checkout!
  • Vaseline and Q-Tips – Used to apply glitter (See my festival makeup guide for how to apply your face gems and glitter)
  • Deodorant
  • Suncream
  • Aftersun/Alovera just in case you get a little too much sun!
  • Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser
  • Moisturiser
  • Hairbrush
  • Contraceptives
  • Medications
Food and Drink
  • Alcohol – Check each festivals regulations about bringing your own alcohol and do not bring anything in glass!
  • Soft drinks – I would suggest cans as bottles will go flat very quickly
  • Water
  • Energy Balls
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit – Apples, Satsumas and Bananas
  • Pre-made Salad – I hate eating rubbish at a festival, but even those that aren’t super healthy eaters, trust me, you will crave some goodness after all the drinking and junk food.
  • Crisps
  • Croissants
  • Popcorn
  • Porridge – I take the ones in little pots that all I need to do is add hot water!
  • Tea bags
  • Long Life Milk/ Milk Powder
  • Instant Coffee
  • Flag
  • Sunglasses
  • Ear Plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Light-weight backpack/bumbag/Over shoulder bag
  • Belts and jewellery (nothing too valuable!)
  • Plasters
  • Flower crown ( It is a festival after all)

Flower Crown

So there you go. A full list of everything I am likely to take to a festival. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and to use the #ThatFestivalBlogger so that I can see you at your next festival – I really do love to see all your outfits and adventures!



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