Your Ultimate Guide to Packing for a Music Festival

Your Ultimate Guide to Packing for a Music Festival

Are you gearing up for your first festival of the 2024 season? Or even your very first festival full stop? Whether you're a seasoned festival-goer or a newbie, packing for such an event can be a daunting task. With the right essentials in your backpack, you can ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable festival experience. Here is our comprehensive rundown of what you need to pack to make your next music festival one to remember:

What do you wear to a festival?

First up the essentials:

  • Comfortable Clothing: Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen, however do pack layers for unpredictable weather, including a waterproof jacket or poncho and a hoody.
  • Footwear: Choose sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots that you don't mind getting dirty. Comfort is key for long hours of standing and dancing. And remember those wellies for if it rains!!
  • Hat and Sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

After the essentials are packed, get creative: a festival is the one place anything goes

  • Comfortable yet Stylish: Strike a balance between comfort and fashion with summer dresses, shorts, graphic tees, and funky hats.
  • Layers and Accessories: Elevate your look with layers, such as kimonos, denim jackets, or patterned shawls. Don't forget to accessorize with funky sunglasses, hats, or glitter.
  • Fancy dress is always an option.

What equipment is needed for a festival?

First and foremost for every festival-goer is suitable camping gear:

  • Tent: Invest in a reliable tent that's easy to set up and spacious enough for your group.  We advise to invest in a tent you can use time and time again.
  • A pillow: We can’t stress enough how making room for either a travel pillow, or even better your favourite pillow from home, is the best way to ensure you’re recharged for the following day!!  You won't regret it.
  • Sleeping Bag and Mat: Ensure a good night's rest with a cozy sleeping bag and a comfortable sleeping mat or inflatable mattress.
  • Earplugs: Earplugs will undoubtedly get you an extra hour or two’s sleep in the morning which is our main reason for suggesting them. However protection to your ears from loud music and potential hearing damage, especially to children, can’t be understated.
  • Portable Chairs or Blankets: Create a comfy seating area for chilling out between sets.
  • Jetboil or other stove/cooking facility. Perfect for your morning brew or favourite ‘just add hot water’ snack. You’ll save a small fortune in the long run and not have to go hunting and queuing first thing in the morning.  The Jetboil Stash is a great option.

    • Torch or Headlamp: Navigate the festival grounds and your campsite after dark.

    What else do I need at a festival?

    So you should now have suitable clothing and everything you need for a good nights rest. Anything else we might suggest to make your festival experience as fun and comfortable as possible?

    Hygiene and Personal Care:

    • Toiletries: Dry shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, and deodorant. Don't forget toilet paper and wet wipes for on-the-go hygiene. And don’t forget your toothbrush!!  Check our Festival Survival Kits for all the essentials at
    • Hand Sanitiser: Keep germs at bay, especially when facilities are limited.
    • Sun Cream: Shield your skin from harmful UV rays with a high SPF sun cream.
    • First Aid Kit: Be prepared for minor cuts, scrapes or headaches with a basic first aid kit.

    Food and Drink:

    • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the festival by refilling your bottle at water stations.  We love the Stanley Ice Flow Flip straw, keeps drinks cold for 12 hours and ice for 2 days, perfect for festival drinks.
    • Non-Perishable Snacks: Pack snacks like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruits to keep your energy levels up. ‘Add hot water’ snacks are also perfect if you’re taking something to heat hot water and can save you a fortune. Many food vendors will also fill your ‘add hot water’ snack but often charge a small fee and you still have to queue. Worth bearing in mind though if you don’t have room to bring a Jetboil or stove.
    • Cooler Bag: Keep perishable items like sandwiches, fruits, and drinks cool throughout the festival. If there is a shop on site, we suggest getting a bag of ice, filling your cooler bag with the ice and keeping your drinks ice cold.

    Miscellaneous Essentials:

    • Cash and Cards: While many festivals offer cashless payment options, it's always handy to have some cash on hand for vendors or emergencies.
    • Portable Phone Charger: Keep your devices charged to capture memories, stay connected, and navigate the festival grounds.  We have a range of power banks on offer but if you are looking for a quick blast of power the Wolf PBX - 1200 Power Booster is a great option.
    • Festival Map and Schedule: Plan your itinerary with a festival map and schedule and don’t miss your favourite artists. Many festivals these days offer an app with schedules so check these out.
    • Portable speaker: We love listening to the upcoming artists we’re about to see while we’re getting ready and chilling around the campsite.

    With these essentials packed and ready to go, you're all set for an unforgettable music festival experience. Remember to stay hydrated, pace yourself, and most importantly, have fun soaking in the atmosphere of live music. We wish you the very best time at whichever festivals you’re attending this year and we’d love it if you let us know about your experiences.

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