Summer is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing…festivals! Whether you’re heading to the Isle of Wight festival or Glastonbury, here are some handy things you need to remember to take!

Plastic bin bags

If Glastonbury has taught us one thing, it’s that it ALWAYS rains at a festival, but bin bags are your new festival best friend. They can be used for a range of purposes, from sitting on to stop you getting wet to storing clothes in a leaky tent. You can wear them as a poncho or shove them inside shoes. Plastic bags are the unsung heroes of festivals.

Duct Tape

Another unsung hero of the festival is duct tape- because tents collapsing in the middle of the night are no fun whatsoever. Duct tape can fix a range of festival disasters from broken tent poles, ripped tents and leaky shoes.

Torch (and batteries)

You don’t want to be that guy at 3am, scrabbling around your tent for in the dark. Either take a physical torch or add a torch app on your phone. Word to the wise- if you take a physical torch, check the batteries are working and take some spares ;-)

Portable Phone charger

How can you take pictures and hashtag the heck out of your festival weekend if your battery is dead? Take a portable charger and hey presto! You can document your weekend on social media until the cows come home.

First Aid Kit

There’s nothing worse than sore feet, a headache or just feeling under the weather. A first aid kit can help you feel your best (or at least better) so you can make the most of your weekend. Remember to take blister plasters, sun cream, after sun and antibacterial wipes/gel.

Earplugs and Eyemask

There’s always someone awake (and noisy) at festivals. Take earplugs and an eye mask to ensure you can sleep when you need to.

Dry Shampoo

There’s no time to wash!! Wet wipes and dry shampoo will see you through! You won’t be fresh as a daisy but hey ho, you’re camping in a field.


Festivals are hard work and very physical! You’re spending a lot of time on your feet- dancing, finding lost friends and toilets and moving to different stages. Festival foods can be expensive and high in fats and sugar, giving your energy levels quick highs but these will quickly wear out. Snacks such as nuts and cereal bars will keep your energy levels topped up.

Warm clothes

No matter how warm it is during the day (or who you’re sharing a tent with), it drops cold at night. When you’re freezing at 3am a warm jumper and extra pair of socks won’t go amiss.

Toilet roll

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