Summer Festival Essentials: 20 Festival Must-Haves to Pack

Summer Festival Must-Haves: 22 Essentials to Pack

Festivals are probably at the top of everyone’s summer to-do list. We are thrilled by the anticipation of raving all day, indulging in carbs and then raving all night; it’s all fun and games until it comes to packing.

Here’s a break-down of the items that should absolutely be on your festival packing list and also some things that you might really, really want to take with you as well.

1. Tickets

No explanations needed. Read our guide to the this summer’s most promising raves and get your tickets ASAP.

2. Portable charger / smart case

portable charger Your very smart phone will need all the energy it can get to keep that Instagram updated and Snap those timeless songs. Check out this compact portable charger that can power two devices at once, or get Apple's own iPhone smart case.

3. Sunscreen

sunscreen Putting sunscreen is not the most fun activity of the day, but that skin is not going to take care of itself. Check out the Garnier's Sun Cream Spray, which we highly recommend.

4. Water bottle

water bottle Keeping hydrated at all times is a top priority, especially during such hectic couple of days. With the Fruit Infuser Water Bottle you can combine tasty fruit infusions and have a refreshing, tasteful experience.

5. Sunglasses

sunglasses You’ll need to avoid the sunlight and hide how tired you actually are, but you also want to have the “Boho-Coachella” look going. Pinterest has some useful tips on how to get the hippie-chic festival vibe. Main takeaway: Bring more cheap pairs, you are bound to lose them. Amazon has some nice offers for both girls and boys as well.

6. Hat

hats Avoid the sun with a personal touch and maybe set a new festival trend while wearing it?

7. Wet wipes

Without doubt these will come super handy and help you avoid queues to the bathroom. Try this convenient pack of sanitising wipes.

Camping can’t go wrong (well it can, but because of the unavoidable drama) if you have the next 11 items with you:

8. Tent

tent Here you might want to go for quality over price, the lovely UK weather is too unpredictable to take any chances. This waterproof one will keep you and up to two more friends dry and covered from the wind.

9. Sleeping bag

It is crystal clear that you won’t get much sleep at a festival, but you’ll need to rest your body for a while in between concerts: even the strongest of us need to take a break from time to time. This sleeping bag will keep you warm.

10. Band-aids / First-aid kit

first-aid kit Blisters, cuts and wounds are a little price to pay for how much fun you’ll have, but why not avoid any unnecessary pain and take a couple of band-aids with you? I would also recommend throwing in a first-aid kit. Better to be safe than sorry.

11. Earplugs

The people in the next tent will be noisy, you can use these earplugs and take a well-deserved and undisturbed nap.

12. Backpack

backpack Tiny bags, although pretty, don’t really go with festivals. You can be practical and stylish with this handmade Aztec Pattern backpack, which will also add a pop of colour to your outfit.

13. Bum Bag

backpack If a backpack is too much for you, a small bum bag around your waist will help you keep your most valuable belongings close and safe at all times. Try this cute one with cool tribal prints.

14. Medication

Changing weather, junk food, lack of sleep, constant hype: your body is going to take a hit. Always bring basic medication and don’t put your wellbeing on hold.

15. Raincoats

This is England we’re talking about. Unless the Universe decides to perform a miracle, you are bound to need it. Luckily, Amazon has some cheap, but fashionable raincoats, so your style won’t get rained on 😉

16. Wellies

boots Festival rhymes with mud, but you can easily overcome that with a good pair of wellies. I really like these Wellington rain boots.

Now some extras if you want to be a bit extra:

17. Flash tattoos


This is the time to go crazy with your style: glam up your outfit with my favourite gold and silver metallic body tattoos. You can find them here.

18. Festival jewellery

Add the finishing touches with some shiny metals, layering necklaces and boho earrings. Check out Pinterest for a range of accessories and mix-and-match ideas or browse top sellers on Amazon.

19. GoPro

gopro Make the festival one to remember (in case you forget too much). With the waterproof GoPro you can create the most iconic videos and capture the most memorable moments for just £149.

20. Dry shampoo

hair How much heat, humidity and stress can those beautiful locks take? Dry shampoo could be a (very) temporary solution, or you could go for the messy bun and immortal headbands which will forever save the bad hair day!

Now choose a festival to attend and get packing to make it one to remember!

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