Packing for Glastonbury Festival was almost as hard as packing for a RTW trip. I mean, you have to pack for all weathers, you need camping supplies, and you also want to be totally festival chic everyday right? Hard work. So here’s my ultimate checklist of what to pack for the greatest festival in the world.
THE ESSENTIAL CAMPING SUPPLIES
Everything you need to make sleeping in the middle of a field much more endurable.
- Tent – Preferably 2-ply so you don’t get that awful condensation to the face when you wake up in the morning.
- Sleeping Bag
- Self-Inflating Mat – Much easier than an air mattress in my opinion…
- Camping Chair – For sitting around in the morning with your besties, re-living the best moments of the night before.
- Camping Light – To hang inside your tent for when you stumble home need to find your make-up wipes.
BE A HYGIENE QUEEN
No showers, no straighteners, no home comforts. These are the essentials to make you feel more human.
- Tissues – I prefer packs rather than toilet roll because it’s easier to carry around.
- Baby wipes – Your portable shower.
- Anti-bacterial Gel
- Toothbrush, Toothpaste & Mouthwash
- Contraceptive Pill – No-one wants to be on their period at a festival.
- Rehydration Satchets – For the hangovers.
- SPF 30 Sun Cream
- Vitamin C Tablets
- Hayfever Tablets
- Plasters – As well as some blister plasters for the dreaded wellies.
FESTIVAL BEAUTY BASICS
Where else can you wear face glitter?
- Batiste Dry Shampoo – A full bottle is definitely necessary.
- Body Butter
- SPF Lip Balm – I’m a big fan of Balmi in raspberry flavour.
- Hairbands and Kirby Grips – For all of the mandatory braids.
- Disposable Razor
- Everyday Make-up
- Glitter & Gold Eyeliner – Because festival.
- Hair Chalk – Because festival.
VITAL ITEMS FOR YOUR COACH BAG
However you’re coming to the festival, chances are it’s a long journey. Bring supplies.
- Your ticket!!
- Small purse with money, bank card & ID
- Asthma Pump
- Old school camera – Because you don’t want to waste your phone battery.
- Nail File
- Bottle of Water – Which you will refill for the duration of your festival visit.
- More Hayfever Meds – I get it bad so nasal spray and eye drops are essential.
- Silk Bra Pouch – To keep cash in case I lose my bag.
MAKING BOOZE BRITAIN PROUD
Don’t underestimate how much booze you need. Of course you can buy it there, but why spend a bomb when you could take Aldi’s finest with you?
- More Alcohol
PREPARE FOR ALL WEATHERS
This is England we’re talking about after all. Despite Glastonbury taking place in the summertime, the festival has seen extreme weather of all kinds from flash floods to a heatwave. Be prepared.
- Warm Coat – Even if it’s hot, you’ll need it in the evenings
- Bumbag – To keep your hands free for raving whatever the weather.
OUTFITS FOR FESTIVAL CHIC AND COMFORT
Sure you want to look like Kendall Kardashian at Coachella, but you also need outfits that can withstand the mud, will keep you warm in the evenings and be comfortable enough for you to dance all night in.
- An comfortable outfit to wear there
- 4 main outfits for the 4 main days at Glastonbury
- 2-3 spare outfits in case of rain, mud or just a change of mood
- A fancy dress outfit just because you can
- Headscarves – To cover the grease.
- Wellies – For mud.
- Flat Boots – For everything else.
- A comfortable outfit to wear home – Packed into a separate carrier bag so it’s fresh and clean!
THINGS I FORGOT TO TAKE PHOTOS OF
- Food – I ate all of the fabulous food at the festival but I took snacks for breakfast.
- Pillow – A normal one from home is the best.
- 5L Collapsible Water Carrier – Just to keep at the tent for when you need a drink in the middle of the night.
- Duct Tape – Mishaps happen, and this normally does the trick.
HOW TO CARRY IT ALL
Wait, how are you meant to carry all of this stuff out there? Yeah, I’m still working on that one. I went for the granny trolley full of booze that had a wheel fall off as I boarded the coach on the way there. A savvier option seems to be to go for the industrial looking trolleys that you can pile on a couple of cases of cider.
My travelling 60L backpack was perfect for carrying my clothes and toiletries and I could strap my sleeping bag, camping mat and wellies to it. Ideal.
Take your curiosity and your sense of adventure. It’s the best festival on the planet for a reason!
Although you should be prepared that coming home will be awful. The Glastonbury Blues are real.
Have fun, kids!