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5 must-bring items for festival camping

5 must-bring items for festival camping

It’s that time of year again.  You are getting ready to sit in waterlogged fields and share a damaged port-a-loo with ten thousand other people.  There’s no better feeling than sharing a few loud beers whilst your favourite band’s battering through their anthems.

Festival Camping

Do you remember your first festival?  Or are you here because you are about to go to your first?

Any seasoned festival goer will give you advice on what to bring, where to camp, or how to sneak alcohol in.  But there are things they might not think of, until that moment you realise you are caught out.

Here are our 5 must-bring items for festival camping.


Toilet paper is a definite must-bring item


Camping isn’t all rock ‘n’ roll.  It is thousands of people living outside with sparse hygiene facilities available to them.  And of course, festival toilets are as famous as the bands that are playing.  Or should the word be infamous?

As tempting as it might be, it’s best we avoid conjuring up any imagery.  We know what it’s like.  We also know that the hard workers at these events may not know when the toilet roll has been used up.  You do not want to get caught out.

Make sure you pack a spare toilet roll, or even a pack of wet wipes to avoid any unpleasantries.

Festival Camping

Bring a torch for those late night journeys

We have all been there, scrabbling around the tent at 4am after a day full of warm lager.  There’s nothing worse than a pitch black trek through a field when anything could have been discarded.

Having a torch will not only make those late-night journeys safer, but it will also work well in your tent if you are staying up telling ghost stories. 

Duct tape is perfect for festival camping


Duct tape is just the best thing in the world.  Imagine what would happen if you broke a tent pole.  You might be tempted to pass an engineering degree to resolve the issue.  Or you could just grab a bit of duct tape and voila.  It fixes almost everything.  At least for long enough.

It is portable and lightweight and cost-effective.  To mend and cover up a multitude of festival camping sins, you will really thank yourself for remembering it.

Festival Camping Tips 

Non-perishable snacks


You might find that at the end of the day you are pretty tired.  Unless you are used to getting up and hitting the mosh-pits all day, you could be using more energy than normal.  Refuelling is always wise.

Add packets of nuts, crisps, and other high carbohydrate snacks with a long shelf life to keep you going.  Even if this is just to soak up the alcohol you are consuming.


You don’t want to burn, remember the sun cream


There’s a saying in the UK.  If you don’t like the weather, wait an hour.  Only winter seems to have any consistency.  However, one day you could be suffering under a powerful deluge that would shame any monsoon, the next you could be swatting away flies in Saharan temperatures.

Welcome to Britain.

Don’t get complacent with the weather and pack for all eventualities.  Sun cream is a must, especially if you are drinking all day.  Being dehydrated and sunburnt is not a great combination.

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