Last month, the popular US music festival Coachella wrapped up, officially marking the start of the festival season. Yes, it’s time to grab your flower crowns and flowing gowns and head off to a festival. Whether you’re going to V Festival, Leeds and Reading or T in the Park, there are a few essentials that you should take with you. To help, Additional Lengths have put together a helpful checklist of items to make the weekend easier.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair brush, ties and accessories
- Dry shampoo and nourishing hair oil
- Makeup and moisturisers
- Sun tan lotion and SPF lip balm
- Baby wipes/facial wipes/tissues
- Feminine hygiene products/medicine
As they’re toiletries, many shops already have travel size versions of many of these products, so take a look out for those to make your trip to the campsite that even bit lighter. It’s important to pack light as you’ll have to haul all of your items through the car park into the campsite, which can sometimes take over an hour. The weather can be dry and warm, especially if you are applying dry shampoo, so love your hair and take some Moroccan Oil to give it a bit of moisture. If you plan to have showers at the festival, you should also take soap and regular shampoo/conditioner.
- Enough outfits for each day you are there, including warm PJs.
- Two extra outfits (just in case)
- Something warm and waterproof, including a few pairs of socks.
- Emergency Poncho
- Wellies and a pair of comfortable shoes
- A spare pair of shoes and an outfit in your car
Festival weather is extremely unpredictable, and regardless of if it is forecast to be sunny all weekend, it’s best to prepare for the worst. Keeping an emergency poncho in your bag with you at all times is a good way to stay dry, at least until you make it back to the tent to get your waterproof jacket. Always bring spare clothing, even if you keep it in the car, as you never know when it can pour down.
- Waterproof tent, pegs and any other accessories
- A camping chair to keep yourself off the ground
- Sleeping bag, pillow and a roll mat or blow up mattress
- Torch or head torch and spare batteries
- Collapsible/empty bottle of water
- A spare towel for leaks or showers
If you want to cook your own food, we recommend that you take a hexi burner, fuel, a light source and a collapsible pan set. Then of course you will need your tinned food and a tin opener, and something to wash the pots after with. There are water facilities at all festival campsites so this shouldn’t be an issue. Remember that a lot of campsites no longer allow gas canisters, meaning it needs to be hexi.
Food and other accessories
- Snacks such as cereal bars, crisps, bananas etc.
- Drinks and beverages
- Mobile phone and portable charger
- Cash, tickets and form of I.D
- Something with stage times
- First aid kit
Festival food is notoriously expensive – save time and money by eating breakfast and snacking on food that you bring. Obviously you’ll need a few cans of cider to help you get to the music arena, but also remember to keep hydrated with water and stay safe. We recommend a first aid kit with things such as paracetamol, plasters and other necessities.
We hope that this has helped all of you who are going to festivals this year, whether you’re a veteran or new to the whole experience. Enjoy your time and have fun – you’ve earned it.