It’s festival season and the only festival I ever attend is Glastonbury. This is my seventh year and hopefully not my last.
So, before I head off, here’s my list of essentials:
Let’s start with the obvious. You’ll need somewhere to sleep…
To be honest, I’m still not sure how to put tents up (I usually get a friend to do it) but it is worth getting a roomy one with two skins so it doesn’t leak.
My current one is from Go Outdoors – a Freedom Trail Sendero 6 Family Tent (£134.99) – which has heaps of room and a porch, giving you space to chill if it is raining!
And bring all the furnishings: a blow up mattress (ours has a built in footpump), fairy lights and a sleeping bag.
It is worth investing in a backpack with proper support as you can be walking a while before you find your tent. Glastonbury is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, with 900 acres of land, so a comfortable backpack is crucial.
Mine is a Berghaus Trailhead 50 (£95). At 50 litres, it isn’t the largest but it is big enough to pack all your goodies in for a festival without breaking your back – especially if you’re small like me!
My trusty waterproof, which I’ve had for years, is also from Berghaus and essential for festivals – you don’t want to get drenched while watching your favourite bands.
Forget the showers, you need lots and lots of wet wipes – it might sound gross but they do the trick. Add some hand sanitiser and LOADS of tissues for the loos too – you’ll need them.
Then, if it is sunny like it is this year, bring suncream (factor 30+) and I always take some first aid kit – plasters, paracetamol, ibruprofen and rehdyration sachets – you don’t want being poorly to ruin your time and they could help a friend out.
Don’t forget the obvious: toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, moisturiser, makeup wipes and any tampons if you need them!
Not really a toiletry, but make sure you bring bin bags too – perfect for cleaning up but also turning into a makeshift poncho for the rain or something to sit on if it is a little bit muddy!
The Pic ‘n’ Mix Festival Kit is fab for drawing all these little essentials together. It stocks loads of mini-toiletries and other necessities which you can literally pick and mix together for a custom order. They also have fun tattoos, hair chalk and… the REALLY ESSENTIAL power banks (seriously, I’m taking four this year!).
Food & Drink
I could probably save more money by bringing my own food and a camping stove but the food on site at Glastonbury is so good. They have stalls with every kind of cuisine, from ostrich burgers to frozen yoghurt, but I always bring a few cereal bars and snacks, then budget around £15 per day for food (one or two meals).
As for drink, you can’t take glass into the festival, so decanter any alcohol you have into plastic bottles (or bring a box of wine!).
I tend to pre-mix what I can but, if you’re looking for something refreshing, you can buy bottles of lemonade, coke etc on site. If you’re feeling flash, they have bars there but the drinks are expensive!
AND BRING LOTS OF WATER, IT GETS HOT.
Clothes & Accessories
You’ll see my fashion edit after Glastonbury… but the general vibe is bright, colourful and wacky, anything goes.
Along with light dresses, sunglasses, tops, shorts, wellies and a waterproof, you need GLITTER and lots of it.
See my recent buys here:
It is all in the accessories: fun bags, statement jewellery, tattoos and face glitter.
Dust & Dance do an amazing range of chunky mermaid glitter and gems. They give 10% profits to YoungMinds, a charity for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Don’t forget to bring special glue (or Vaseline) to stick the glitter on!
To keep your money and phone safe, I would recommend a bum bag or some form of pouch. These marble ones from Harvey Smith Leather are stunning.
They are handmade, one of a kind, leather accessories using marbling techniques from Venice. Made by a family team in Lancashire, the products are all hand cut, hand-dyed and stitched – and the results are colourful and fab.
So there’s my shopping list! Did I miss anything? I’m signing off for Glastonbury now, speak soon. Peace ‘n’ Love x