There are a gazillion lists out there on the tinterweb telling you what essentials to pack for a weekend at a festival. But when I was frantically packing last week for my trip to Womad Festival, I couldn’t find just one comprehensive list to tell me exactly what to pack. Yeah, sometimes I like to think for myself. But sometimes you just want someone else to do the hard thinking for you. So this ‘What to pack for a festival’ list is just as much a reference point for me to look back on in future as it might be helpful to you, dear reader.
Top Tips for Packing for a Festival
Before leaving on camping trip, make sure tent is in good working order
Freeze ice packs
Wrap glass bottles in tea towels, it prevents clanging and tea towels always useful
Roll your clothes
Bear in mind that the car park might be long way from the campsite – use easy-to-carry bags etc.
Use a granny trolley if you have one
If you’re a girl, tights are super useful to throw under skirts, dresses and shorts if it gets cold.
Remember that denim doesn’t make friends with water. If you’re wearing jeans and it rains you will be inching around rather than walking. (wet jeans = chaffing)
Always make sure your have clean, dry clothes for travelling home in (it could be a long journey)
What to Pack for a Festival
Mallet (we forgot this an jamming tent pegs into hard ground was … well, hard)
Spare ground sheet (for sitting on outside tent – blankets will get soggy on dewy grass)
Blankets, lots of them (good for nighttime warmth and daytime picnics)
Proper pillow (I can sleep on the ground if at least I have a good pillow)
Sleeping mat or airbed if you have one
Pump of airbed (manual or battery powered)
Camping folding chair
Camping stove (we got a great deal in Blacks including 4 gas canisters)
Waterproof jacket (roll up kagols are perfect handbag fodder)
Bikini/Swimsuit (sounds odd, but there was a spa at Womad, and in the olden days at Reading festival I would wear this under my tops, because mosh pits are sweaty)
Travel towel (the fast drying is where it’s at)
Sarong (I rarely travel without one, useful for all sorts – blanket, scarf, shawl, modesty cover etc)
Pyjamas (again, think layers, it gets darn cold when camping)
Clean underwear (festivals are smelly enough as it is!)
Jewellery (have something fun, or bling, or cute to get into the festival spirit)
Day bag (you’ll need to carry your daily supplies in something)
Flag, bunting, colourful string or something to make your tent distinguishable from all the other black, navy, green tents
Food and Drink
Juice with straw (love my cartons)
Teabags (just take a handful in a ziploc bag)
Sugar (again in a ziploc bag or small tupperware box)
Bacon (one of my five day)
Sausage Rolls (can you see a theme here?)
Crisps (pretty much my staple for the whole weekend)
Anything you can cook on a camping stove…
As you can see, my food packing was a little uninspired. We used the Aldi vouchers I won to buy a stash of food for the trip and ended up just buying a huge bag full of junk food! Oops. I think I need to get some camping food inspiration for the next trip.
Do you have any camping food suggestions? I’ll add them to the list.
This list is a work in progress, please let me know what you recommend to add!