With festival season underway for 2017, make sure you’ve got all the essentials ready with our handy festival checklist!

The best approach to festivals is to pack light and pop it all into a rucksack so it’s easy to carry around. Your camp site could be anything up to a mile from the entrance so you don’t want to be carrying too much over this distance. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the ultimate camping essentials you’ll need to pack for the event so you don’t have to worry about forgetting a thing.

Camping essentials

• Phone – and make sure it’s fully charged so it lasts the weekend. It’s even better if you’ve got an old phone that you can take with you to avoid the risk of your good one getting stolen or damaged. Chances are the battery will last longer on your old phone too!
• Entrance tickets, ID, cash and card
Tent –  go for one that’s at least one berth bigger than you need so you’ve got a bit of breathing space as well as somewhere to stash all your bits and bobs
Rucksack – choose one that’s strong and well fitted so you are comfortable trekking long distances across fields to your camp site
Sleeping bag – it’s best to take one with a higher GSM if you think you’ll be cold, or invest in a liner for extra warmth
• A Sleeping mat can be found in our camping essentials range
Seating – this portable, folding camping chair is currently only £6.50 and comes with a carry bag for easy transportation (and a handy cup holder too!).
Bin bags – do your bit for the environment and take away all your rubbish at the end of the event.

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• Wellies – because it’s more than likely going to rain at some point and no-one likes soggy shoes!
• Waterproof jacket or poncho
• Clothes – pack just enough for the duration but cover all bases with clothes for hot and cold/wet weather.
• Sunglasses

Food and drink

• Food – stick to packets where possible rather than tins to save on weight; porridge pots, packet soup, noodles and cereal/chocolate bars are ideal items to take with you.
Disposable barbecue and matches – gas canisters are banned from most festivals so this is your best option for cooking food if you decide not to brave the burger vans!
• Tins for cooking.
Cutlery – this set comes with a built-in can opener so that’s one less thing to remember!
• Soft drinks and alcohol (if permitted!)


Toothbrush and toothpaste
Hand sanitiser – a quick and easy way to keep the germs at bay
Dry shampoo – if you decide against using the showers this is the best way to keep your hair looking fresh.
Baby wipes
Toilet roll
Sun cream and after sun

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