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Expert Festival Packing Guide

Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned festival-goer, knowing what to pack for those long weekends under canvas can be a daunting task. Our experts have put together their essential packing list for any festival, to help you make sure you’re not caught short!

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For the Camp

Your camp is your home, for a few days at least, so making sure it’s set up with everything you’ll need is a big step towards a stress-free experience. Your tent and sleeping bag are obvious ones: nail the basics for a comfortable camp and the rest will follow. A lightweight and packable travel pillow will complete your sleeping set-up, and won’t risk getting your home pillows dirty, and an airbed will make the bumpy ground a distant memory. Camping chairs are an essential for when you’re not sleeping – you won’t want to sit around in a hot tent for longer than you have to, and it’s much nicer than sitting in mud!

For Cooking

Cooking your own food is the best way to save money and reduce waste at a festival, but you’ll need to come prepared. A cool box will keep your food fresher for longer, and let you bring some camping favourites, while a stove, pots and pans, and enough fuel to last the whole festival are all you need for a basic camp kitchen (if you’re going in a group, you can spread the weight between you and make it all easier to carry). Remember to bring your camping mug, crockery and spork to enjoy what you’ve made! Bear in mind that some festivals don't allow gas stoves, so always check before you buy.