As I get ready to head off into the fields later this year to get set up for Reading Festival, I’ve been making a list, checking it twice and inevitably adding a heck load more booze. As the ultimate list queen (on paper, my phone, my MacBook, online and offline post its…it’s a problem), I thought I’d share my ultimate festival packing list that will get you thorough the carnage and the most outrageous of muddy field action.

As a seasoned camping and festival goer, and as a former Girl Guide, I feel my outdoorsy-ness plus my bargainista ways are a winning combination. Grab a pen. Grab some space to lay your stuff out. Open up Amazon. Now let us begin.

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Sleeping Gear + Essentials

  • Sleeping bag (get a 2-4 seasons one, UK nights are chilly! I love this sleeping bag from King Camp)
  • Pillow (you can get inflatable or camping pillows. I may just do hoodies in my “sleeping bag” bag, or I might take this one I picked up last year)
  • Roll Matt (you can go for inflatable mattress, but they are heavy – this does the trick fine! If you want to wrap yourself up, Shmangles are amazing!)
  • Blanket (something cheap to keep you warm round a campfire or at night – fleece is lighter to carry). Something like this would do.
  • Proper hiking rucksack (as per my essentials post)
  • Mini torch (for those night trips to the long drops…urgh. eBay are cheap as chips here)
  • ID for the over 18’s wristband…if you look 12 like I do.

Festival Packing List


  • Wellies & welly socks (no getting around this. DO NOT FORGET THESE). For the ultimate in wide fit comfort, try these.
  • Pair of trainers/sneakers in case of freak dry weather.
  • Rain mac or poncho – something easy to fold up. These from ASOS are fab.
  • Bumbag for ultimate in festival chic (!?) or a small cross body bag for your essentials
  • Warm PJ’s. Onesies are fun, but man getting naked in a festival toilet is not.
  • Clothing – overall I am packing for a 4 night/5 day festival (including what I wear there)…
    • 2 x hoodies
    • 2 x denim shorts
    • 5 x tights/leggings
    • 6-7 x tees or vests
    • Denim/lumberjack shirt
    • Enough undies/socks – I’m not telling you what to pack here…

Festival Packing List


  • Mini sports towel – weighs nothing but is very useful and cheap
  • Body wet wipes – these are better for a full wash than usual wet wipes (see the beauty post!)
  • Hand sanitiser + packs of tissues for your schexy bumbag.
  • Sunscreen. Well, you never know.
  • Face wipes & cotton wool pads.
  • Deodorant and body spray. Your tent friends will love you.
  • Dry shampoo. Really, this should be an essential!
  • Your choice of make up – but keep it minimal yeah?
  • First aid kit (you may want to share with your mates) including:
    • Plasters/blister plasters
    • Savlon
    • Immodium
    • Paracetamol/Ibruprofen
    • Pro Plus
    • Mini Scissors
    • Indigestion tablets
    • Hayfever tablets
    • Any medication you usually take – don’t forget it, even though medical tents are on site

Little Extras – Not Essential

  • Camera + battery – I tend to just use my phone these days, but disposable cameras can be fun
  • A portable phone charger. I recommend this one from Anker to everyone. It will last the whole festival.
  • Glowsticks. Yes glowsticks. It’s a festival. It’s fun. They are ONE POUND in Poundland

Festival Packing List

Communal + Group Gear

And finally. Do not, whatever you do, forget your ticket. This is probably this most important thing you will pack besides your pants. Have fun, and don’t forget to list your festival essentials in the comments below!


Festival Packing Tips | Camping | Music Festival | UK Holidays

Festival Packing Tips | Camping | Music Festival | UK Holidays
Festival Packing Tips | Camping | Music Festival | UK Holidays

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  • Funny, you are packing so much. It seems like you are moving.

  • Lena Martini

    Thanks for sharing your packing list ! I love going to festivals 🙂

  • Danik Bates

    Good advice and love the packing list. Still waiting for my first ‘proper’ festival experience mind you 😛

  • Pericles Rosa

    Great tips Sam.
    I’ve never my my way for one of those big festivals, but your list will definitely help me when I decide to do that 😉
    Cheers and be safe 😉

  • Haven’t been to any of these festivals, but this is a great list. Has almost everything one might need. Makes for an amazing reference 🙂

  • This is a very useful packing list for festivals, good timing too with the Glastonbury Festival coming up. Fortunately I don’t need ID for an over 18’s drinking pass, my balding and grey hair is proof enough!

  • Anna Sherchand

    Very handy post for people attending festivals. I’m sure to send to friend who is attending EDC.Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ariane Petit

    Great tips on packing for great events! 😉 Yayyy! Welllies are a super important item, especially for central and northern Europe! Have fun at the festivals, cheers!