No doubt, you’ll already have the most obvious festival essentials like festival tickets, money, I.D. etc… safely stashed already. And regarding
festival clothes, like most other outdoor activities, it’s best to pack plenty of layers – t-shirts, hoodies, a beanie etc… as temperatures can still drop at night in the countryside, even in mid-summer. Also, take a spare hoodie and jeans just in case you do get caught in the rain or take a tumble in that festival mud.
1. Decent Quality Double Skin Tent – as well as space to sleep – check that you have enough room for all your bags and muddy boots.
2. Sleeping Bag and Roll Mat – make sure these have at least a 2-3 season rating as you don’t want to be kept awake all night because of the cold.
4. Poncho, Drybag & Waterproof Pouch – we all know what British summertime can offer up… especially when there’s a festival field full of tents.
5. Festival Wellies – it only takes a few minutes of rain for those rolling green festival fields to become thick mud.
6. Portable Phone Charger – a festival essential for staying in contact with friends, taking photos/video clips of your favourite bands and festival life.
7. Waterproof Phone Pouch – we’ve all seen, on more than one occasion, someone trying to reclaim their smartphone from mosh mud.
8. Head Torch – you’ll need all the help you can get finding your way through the maze of festival tents and locating your tent zip
9. Eyeshades & Earplugs – whether you end up next to the dance tent, fairground or 24 hour ravers – it’s nice to know you can completely tune out if you want.
10. Waterless Body Wash & Lightweight Towel – freshen up in the privacy of your own tent with an all over body wash – combined with a micro towel they take up minimal space.
Add-ons that can save you money and/or make your festival weekend a bit more comfortable:
Festival Trolley – if you have lots of festival kit and/or a heavy tent – a decent heavy-duty festival trolley should definitely be on your essential festival kit list.
Camping Chair – after a day of wandering from stage to stage and pulling a few shapes – it’s nice to park your butt down on something comfortable around a campfire.
TravelJohns – a pack or two of these unisex disposable urinals will save that you that early morning trip to the long drop loos.
Flagpole & Flag – mark your camping spot and make it easier to find your way back to your tent – telescopic flagpoles are available in 2.7m to 10m sizes and attach plenty of festival flags.
Whiz Freedom – enables women to pee standing up and not have to sit on a festival toilet seat – also allows use of the ‘She-Pee’ women only festival loos.
When it comes to camping at a festival, we have a ‘leave no trace’ attitude here at Funky Leisure and would always recommend that rather than buying the cheapest ‘disposable type’ festival tent with the intent on a sacrificial tent trashing and leaving it at the end of the festival – maybe spend a little bit extra on a decent festival tent that will last a few years. It will usually make your festival weekend dryer, more comfortable and obviously cheaper in the long run if your tent lasts you a few festival seasons.
Clearing up wrecked and unwanted festival tents not only has a negative environmental impact that can affect future licence applications for festival organisers it costs money which is obviously passed on to festival goers via the price of next year’s festival ticket.
It’s definitely not one size fits all when it comes to camping at a festival. Some festival goers prefer the minimalist approach travelling light with very basic kit packed into a tiny tent and buying food at stalls all weekend. Other festival goers prefer a larger tent with living area and all creature comforts, full size camping chairs, barbequing over a festival campfire with a monster 10m flagpole covered in festival flags to mark their spot. It depends on many factors… budget, transportation, amount of people per tent, carrying weight, comfort levels, type of festival etc…