Camping Festival

Festival Essentials Checklist

We look forward to summer for many reasons – the sun (if we’re lucky), maybe a wee holiday, and the hopes of getting a tan – although there’s one that never lets us down: it’s Festival Season!

Between June and September the UK is blessed with a number of festivals all around the country where thousands of us flock into fields, set up camp and let loose for a weekend of music and wicked laughs.

There’s no worse feeling, however, than turning up and realising you’ve forgot something – or maybe multiple things – that puts a damper on your weekend.

So, to prevent that from happening, we’ve put together a list of all the essentials you’ll need to have a brilliant, stress-free time so it’s the dream you thought it would be.

Without further ado, here we go!

Things You Simply Cannot Forget

Festivals only go to plan if you remember to take your tickets so you should probably put that at the top of your list. You also might want to make sure you have your wallet or purse so you can eat, and your ID to avoid any other hassle.

Your phone is an essential, although we doubt anyone would forget to pick that up. As you’ll be in a field with limited plug options, a portable charger might also be a good shout if you want to actually use it and not keep it on flight mode all day long.

Camping Must-Haves

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, comfort is the key to happy camping so it’s best to be certain you take everything you’ll need to have the best time.

Of course, the most important thing is a tent so you have a roof over your head at night. You want to make sure it’s thick enough to stay dry if it rains but isn’t too complicated to set up, and then there’s the sleeping bags.

Our Festival Pack makes it easy for you with the waterproof Beatnik 2-man tent, two comfortable sleeping bags and two camping mats that give a nice base to sleep on. For just £55.99, we think that’s a pretty cracking deal, if we do say so ourselves.

Often overlooked but a total essential for the evenings is a blanket, and our soft Cuddle blanket is only £3.49 and will help keep you cosy in your sleeping bag or sitting out in your camping chair.

And if you haven’t picked out a chair yet, our Settle Folding Camping Chair should do you nicely at just £14.99. It’s lightweight so won’t weigh you down on the walk to the camping site and it has a drinks holder so you can totally relax when you get there.

Rucksack Essentials

Now that you’ll have somewhere to sleep, it’s time to think about everything else you need to bring. The 45 litre Inverary Rucksack (£39.99) will give you plenty of space to pack your clothes, toiletries, snacks and more.

Rucksack checklist: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, baby wipes, toilet roll, paracetamol (thank us later), sunscreen, a torch, hand sanitiser (a must), moisturiser, dry shampoo, plastic bags for all your rubbish and a hip flask, if you fancy.

One of the best things about UK festivals is having to pack for two seasons at once because we never know what the weather has in store for us. Perhaps the only place in the world where you’ll have to pack sunglasses and wellies together, it’s all part of the fun.

Our top picks for wellies are currently on sale at just £19.99 for both the men and women’s pair. The Recon X Men’s Wellies are a classic black pair of waterproofs, while the Elena Women’s Wellies have a lovely floral design to add a bit of funk to your festival outfit.

We have a range of classic hoodies and stylish Summer Tees to choose from to help keep you comfortable and looking cool when out in the fields. Both our Wreath Men’s Hoodie and Swag Women’s Hoodie are £19.99 at the mo, while our casual summer t-shirts start at just £1.99 – no, that’s not a typo – and there’s plenty to choose from.

The Zirra Women’s Casual Top will help you nail the festival chic look with ease. The loose-fitted check print top would go perfectly with jeans or shorts and it’s yours for under a fiver. For the guys, the Heron Men’s Casual T-Shirt is a simple navy top with a cool orange design that looks totally effortless, and it’s just £5.99 right now.

Our unisex Festival Adults’ Poncho (£7.99) is the perfect way to keep dry in an emergency without hiding your lovely new outfit as it’s nice and see through. Also, don’t forget you’ll need a small bag to carry around those daily essentials – tickets, money, phone – around the festival. Protect your valuables with our Vasp Bum Bag (just £4.99!) and you’ll not need to worry about a thing.

Now what are you waiting for? Have some fun!

Words: Ross McNeilage

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