With the 2019 festival season getting under way, make sure you’ve got all the essentials ready with our handy festival checklist!

The best approach when wondering what things to take to a festival 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 carry 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 what to take to a festival.

Festival essentials

If you’re wondering what to take to a festival, first and foremost, check you’ve got your entrance tickets, ID and cash – forget these and it may ruin your weekend. You’ll also need a phone, 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. If you just can’t last a weekend without social media, why not pick up a power bank so you can charge on the move?

Festival camping checklist

  • Tent – go for one that’s a little bigger than you need so you’ve got a bit of breathing space as well as somewhere to stash all your bags
  • Ground sheet –  must-have for camping as it provides a great protective base for your tent
  • Sleeping bag – It’s best to take one with a higher GSM if you think you’ll be cold
  • Pillow –It wouldn’t be comfy to sleep without one of these
  • Torch – every tent looks the same in the dark, so you’ll need a torch when you’re trying to find yours at night
  • Bin bags – do your bit for the environment and take away all your rubbish at the end of the festival
  • Rucksack – choose one that’s strong and well fitted so you’re comfortable trekking long distances across fields
  • Rain coat – be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you

How about a camp chair? Our portable folding camping chairs come with a carry bag for easy transportation (and handy cup holder too!)


  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitiser – a quick and easy way to keep 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
  • Lip balm

Food and drink

  • Food – stick to packets where possible to save on weight. Porridge pots, packet soup, noodles, cereal and chocolate bars are ideal items to take with you
  • Disposable BBQ – gas containers are banned at most festivals so this is your best option for cooking food if you want a change from the burger vans
  • Tins for cooking
  • Cutlery – reusable plastic cutlery is ideal
  • Soft drinks and alcohol (if permitted!)



What to wear to a festival

Pack just enough for the duration of the festival but cover all bases by taking clothes for both hot and cold weather. Layer up with plaid shirts and lightweight knits. These toasty layers can be tied around your waist when the weather warms up.

Don’t forget your trusty bum-bag. You might feel like a tourist but a bum-bag is a great way to keep your hands free at a festival. It’s also a safer way to carry around your phone and camera.

Even at the height of summer, the weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared for whatever nature throws your way with a waterproof jacket or poncho. Make sure it’s lightweight enough to fold up and fit into your bag. And if the weather decides to stay sunny you can use it to sit on.

Your festival dress code wouldn’t be complete without a pair of wellies. It’s tempting to put on a pair of sandals but festivals often involve a lot of walking and your feet are likely to get trodden on! You’ll be thankful for your wellies when you’re trekking through mud to the main stage too.

What not to bring…

Don’t bring too much. 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 There are certain things you shouldn’t and aren’t allowed to take. Some of these include glass, fireworks, drones and aerosols and animals (except permitted guide dogs).

Pick up all your festival camping essentials at wilko.com and download our handy checklist below!


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