It is easy to become completely overwhelmed when packing to go to a festival. You need to quickly learn what’s a luxury and what’s a necessity while packing lightly and effectively. You are only going away for a few days so you don’t need to over do it, trust me when I say the walk from the car park to the campsite is a killer.
I had no intention of going to any festivals this year until recently when I decided it would be a good idea to get a T in the Park ticket. With getting my ticket extremely last minute, I thought it would be a good idea to show you my festival essentials and what I generally take a long. To do this I am going to split this up into three sections, Clothing, Hygiene and miscellaneous.
Picking the right clothing is important, it could make or break the weekend and it goes hand in hand with the weather. Living in Scotland the weather is often sporadic and unpredictable so bringing the right stuff along is crucial. This year I made sure to invest in a waterproof jacket. Well I thought it was waterproof but after actually trying it out it seems it is just a windbreaker, as I got soaked. Last year I went from getting badly sunburnt to almost drowning at Leeds and the same happened again this year T in the Park. It was not a pleasant experience to say the least. I always make sure to bring two pairs of trainers with me. Being on your feet for 4 days and wearing the same pair of trainers will not do you any favours. Lastly I would make sure to pack a spare outfit, you might not even need it but it’s there just in case. Who knows you might get soaked one night or covered in mud, wearing that the rest of the day will not be pleasant.
Wet Wipes, Wet Wipes and more wet wipes. Getting washed with wet wipes is not the most amazing experience in the world. Then again what else do you expect, sure you can splash out and get access to the refresh tents. Where you often have clean toilets and showers. But where’s the fun in that and who actually wants to spend £40 on that? Dry shampoo is also a must, I originally thought what’s the point in putting more shit in my hair it will just make it feel worse, but it is only a couple of pounds and it will really make the difference, trust me.
There are two things left that really are essentials for having the best festival experience. Firstly I would always recommend a disposable camera, I am always going on about them. Memories are important and there is no better way of capturing them than taking one along with you. I will have a post up next week showcasing the photos I took at T so be on the look out for that. The social aspect of festivals is one of the main reasons why people love them so much. Alcohol comes along with that and I’m not complaining. My advice would be to take as little or as much as you want. Make sure you have enough to last you the weekend and remember you are going to have to carry it to your campsite. This year I took advantaged of the BEChilled service at T, This means I could just collect my beer when I am there whenever I want and it was perfectly cold. I cannot put it into words how good that first cold can was after setting up the tent.
Those are my festival essentials and they always come in handy. What are your two must have items when you are camping at a festival? Let me know in the comments below.