I’m one of most forgetful people ever and if I haven’t written something down then it is 100% erased from my mind. I always have to make a checklist if I’m going somewhere or otherwise I’ll arrive, with half of the items I should’ve packed still at home.
Most places you’re going, whether it’s on holiday, or just a weekend away from home, it tends to be okay if you forget something as there’s shops nearby to grab the essentials. However, when it comes to festivals, you really are screwed. Stuck in a field, in the middle of nowhere, in need of whatever it is you’ve left at home and no way of buying anything.
I’ve been to quite a few festivals over the past five years, whether it’s a day festival or a long weekend, the checklist is a must! Nobody wants to arrive at their campsite, after a lengthy, stuffy bus journey to find that they’ve left something at home.
No matter which festival you’re going to, this list highlights a handful of the main essentials that you would need:
- Tent– I mean, if you forget this then you’re even worse than me at remembering things, but yes definitely the number one on the list.
- Wellies- Absolute must! Nothing worse than thinking ‘oh, it’s gonna be sunny and dry all weekend, I’ll take trainers’. Once the thousands of people have walked over those fields once, it is a muddy swamp! You will need those wellies, and thick socks to wear underneath them.
- Toilet Roll- Oh dear god, festival toilets!!! Heart-breaking if I’m honest. Portaloos seem fine a couple of hours into the weekend. But do not be fooled! After day one they are overflown, stinky, wet, sludgy and have zero toilet roll left in them. I always take a few rolls with me, then your everyone’s saviour!
- Sunglasses- If you’re lucky enough to have nice weather at the festival then you will be grateful for these. There is nothing to shade you from the sun in the open field and spending 4 days squinting does nothing for potential crows feet.
- Waterproof Jacket- No doubt you will experience rain at some point, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a festival with no rain at all. If you don’t have a waterproof with you, you will be rainy and wet and have nowhere to get dried off. Sleeping in a wet tent in wet clothes is not a happy life.
- Wet Wipes- Personally I’ve never made use of the showers at a festival before, I’m not even sure if they all have them available. But wet wipes are the camping alternative to a lovely hot bubbly bath and believe me you will need them.
Hopefully this list will help you to remember the necessary things to take and enjoy your time with no mishaps. I’m off to Cocoon in the Park this weekend with my pal Cerys, what festivals do you have planned for the summer?