This time tomorrow I’ll be sitting in a campsite, so that’s kind of fun. I think I’m nearly there with packing but I thought this was a good blogging opportunity. I wanted to show you what I bring to festivals and find out what you bring, and maybe help you if you’re in that dilemma of ‘what to pack’, something I face with most getaways.
I don’t want to make out that I’m some kind of ‘Festival Veteran’ because I’ve only been going to them since 2007, and I’ve only ever been to two; Guilfest, in Guildford and the Glastonbury. Glastonbury was a big jump from a mid-level local festival – although it’s grown in popularity since I stopped going, I’ll have you know that Tulisa had the decency to do a no-show this year. In all seriousness though, it has had some popular headliners and is the first place I saw Bowling For Soup (and met them) so…
Glastonbury is a whole other ball game, it’s amazing and given it’s about five times the size of Guilfest, it’s toilets are great/as great as toilets outside can be. There’s structure, but they’re not stingy on what you can bring to the stages and even in the mud it isn’t so bad. It’s because of how great Glastonbury has been for the last couple of years (I can’t wait for 2013!), that I’ll be honest and say I’m more than apprehensive about Reading. There are a few bands that I want see, but I’m only really going because my friends are, I’ll admit it, I bent to peer-pressure and it cost me nearly £200. That’s the first killer, Reading costs just as much as Glastonbury and so far, I can’t really see why, I’ll let you know when I come back. My friend’s stories of Reading don’t exactly fill me with confidence, with ‘Sunday-night Riots’ and sludgy, ‘worse than Glastonbury’ toilets, not to mention people filling bottles with piss, my heart does sink a little. Although I don’t mind it, I’ll admit to very much being a (*vom) ‘Glamper’ at the root of it all, which is why it’s kind of important to me to have as many reasonable home comforts that I can get away with, it might be lame but I’ve paid a lot to not get to use indoor plumbing so I should at least be allowed the luxuries of handsoap and toothpaste.
So, here’s my comprehensive list of festival essentials and tips, I’ve tried to include as much as possible and I hope it comes across okay, like I said, I’m not really an expert, I just love planning.
Pretty much everything that goes into my ‘festival’ washbag.
I never worried about this until Glastonbury last year, but it’s amazing how dirty your nails can get in a field, so the nail kit is just a personal one (although I bet you’ll find that with all of these). So, because last year was the first time I’d not bitten my nails and been to a festival I really noticed how dirty they can get, and I’m not a fan so when I found this mini-kit in H&M I had to pick it up, especially for just £1.99.
I’m only bringing one toothbrush so one of these is Moon’s, I use and electric toothbrush which is a little redundant if you can’t charge it so this twin-pack was a a real winner. I probably won’t use the cotton buds, it’s just in case, same with the cotton rounds, they’re kind of for makeup but I’m not planning on wearing too much if any at all.
Also, I can’t stress how important it is to bring enough socks, because there’s nothing worse than wet socks, there’s nothing better than a clean, dry pair of socks and you’re sleeping outside so they can also keep your feet warm in that instance too.
Some don’t bothers:
I think that’s it, I hope I’ve given you a good insight into what to bring to a festival, as well as how much of a priss I am. I hope you have a nice Bank Holiday weekend! x