How to be a pro at Glastonbury Part 1: Festival Check List

This year I’ll be making it to my fourth Glastonbury, so I’ve got a few pearls of wisdom since I first went with my friends Sarah and Lucy (pictured) back in 2014. In my first post, I’ll cover what you really need to bring to the festival, and the things you can definitely leave at home.

Packing for Glastonbury

  • Tent – where else would you sleep?
  • Roll mat – or if you have room, an airbed to stop rocks digging into your back at 4am
  • Rucksack – a 50-65L bag should be enough for all your festival essentials. I’d also recommend lining your bag and all pockets with bin liners/plastic bags to make sure none of your belongings get wet on the walk from the car
  • Sholley – great for carting heavy items i.e. alcohol and food to and from your car
  • Wellies – to have a true festival experience. Welly socks advisory
  • TICKET – do not forget this! A friend last year forgot hers, and spent the whole of Tuesday evening calling everyone she knew between crying and sleeping in the car
  • Bumbag – good for keeping essentials (money, keys, phone, loo roll) nearby
  • Day backpack – if you have more stuff you want to cart around
  • Sleeping bag – try to pick a small but warm sleeping bag to save on space but not comfort in the early hours
  • Travel pillow – inflatable ones are good, or a rolled up hoodie will do the same job
  • Ear plugs – if you want to get any sleep while you’re away
  • Waterproof – or opt for a few emergency ponchos if the weather’s supposed to be fair
  • Travel towel
  • Travel wash basin – if you want to wash yourself/hair, you need one of these
  • Water carrier – a 10-15L carrier saves lots of little trips to the water stations
  • Water bottle – make sure you bring a spare for your evening alcohol (and you can tell the difference between them!)
  • Tent decorations – bunting, flags, stickets – whatever will make your tent stand out amongst the other thousands at Worthy Farm
  • Camping chair – for years I never took one, and last year I did. It honestly changed my festival experience
  • Bin bags – to help keep the farm clean
  • Mug/plastic cup
  • Spork – handy for any food you do bring
  • ID – if you want a cider, you will get ID’d
  • Money/bank cards – I would try to take all the cash you need with you (allow £15-20 a day if you want a morning cup of tea, evening meal and a few ciders thrown in)
  • Playing cards
  • Paper and pens
  • Head/portable torch
  • Spare batteries
  • Portable speakers
  • Powerbank – handy to have if you don’t want to wait for hours in the EE tent
  • Mini first aid kit – paracetamol, blister plasters etc
  • Phone plus charger
  • Book – for any down time on Wednesday/Thursday
  • Camera plus charger
  • Anti-bacterial gel – a genuine life saver
  • Baby wipes – as unless you pay, you ain’t showering. A baby wipe shower is certainly an experience
  • Loo roll – one roll should cover the festival. Always good to have some in your bumbag
  • Shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo – the former if you dare to wash your hair (I can’t recommend it enough) or the latter if you’re going for the greased look
  • Hairbrush, hair bobbles, hair grips
  • Facewash, cleanser
  • Cotton pads, cotton buds
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Showergel
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Bag for dirty clothes
  • Packs of tissues
  • Suncream/aftersun
  • Body glitter/gems/UV paints
  • Clothes – pack for all weathers!
    • Jumper/hoodie/trackies
    • Playsuit/dresses
    • Tights/leggings
    • Thick socks, or welly socks
    • Shorts and/or skirts
    • Shirts
    • Underwear – make sure you have a clean pair for every day!
    • PJs
  • Shoes – either stick to walking boots or trainers; you can always pack sandals or flip flops in case the sun comes out
  • Food – I am a strong advisor of bringing breakfast/lunch/snacks after spending a small fortune my first year. Here are some good examples
    • Breakfast biscuits or cereal bars for the morning
    • Apples or bananas, as well as dried fruit as snacks
    • Nuts or trail mix are also good to have
    • For lunches, either bring a pre-made rice type sachet, or cook tortellini before you come and eat that. If you’re doing the latter, try to bring a cool bag
    • Sweets/chocolate – will always go down well with your friends
  • Alcohol – try to bring a mix of hard stuff and beers/cider, as you don’t want to be ‘that person’ who never makes it through the whole day (or as I’ve witnessed, is sick watching James Bay on the Pyramid stage at 3pm and has to get taken home by their friends)

I know I’ve covered a lot here, so look out for my next blog post(s) in the lead up to this year’s festival on where to camp, and the do’s and don’ts of Glastonbury.


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