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 Going to Glastonbury or another summer camping festival in Europe?festival camping

Here’s what you need to pack.

Tip: Bring stuff you don’t mind losing – plus if you have an old mobile phone lying around these usually stay charged longer than new smart phones. If you can’t bear to be without your phone, you should at least get it insured. I use

The essentials

  • Pop-up tent (+ pegs, poles & tarps) – these take seconds to assemble and only 1 minute to pack away
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping mat (self-inflating or roll-up)
  • pillow case (stuff with clothes to save on space)
  • torch
  • toilet paper
  • picnic blanket (for lying outside your tent when it’s sunny)
  • bin liner & plastic bags (to keep things dry/transport wet clothes home/rubbish)
  • large water bottle & small water bottle (empty them if you want to lighten the load and fill them up when you get there)
  • mallet (although the ground is usually soft enough to use your boot on the tent pegs)

Footwear

  • Wellingtons (a.k.a. gumboots)
  • long socks
  • flip-flops (in case you need a shower and for the journey home)

Clothes

  • underwear
  • spare trousers (in case your first pair get wet)
  • t-shirts
  • thermals (if you feel the cold)
  • hoodie/warm top
  • waterproof jacket (or poncho)
  • shorts / skirt (with tights in case it gets cold)
  • change of clothes for the journey home
  • beanie / hat

Toiletries

  • evaporating disinfectant hand gel
  • spray on deoderant
  • wet wipes – these will pass for a shower in most cases
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • travel towel
  • body wash / shampoo / conditioner (you can get travel sized all in one)
  • contact lenses you can sleep in (otherwise bring your case and solution)


Accessories

  • flag: why does it always rain on me?sunglasses
  • bottle opener
  • gaffa tape (to repair your tent)
  • camera/phone
  • USB phone charger (or a smaller version)
  • pegless clothes line (to dry out your clothes in the tent)

Food & drink

  • Alcohol in plastic bottles or cans (no glass is allowed)
  • Fruit that travels well (e.g. apples or pears)
  • Snacks (muesli bars, crisps – not chocolate as it’ll probably melt)

Nice to haves

  • A flag to attach to your tent so you can find your way home (otherwise camp up near someone else’s, but remember most won’t stay there during the day)

If you have a car

  • wheelbarrow to cart your stuff to your campsite
  • gas stove / bbq
  • icebox (esky)
  • food
  • drinks
  • foldable chairs
  • cutlery
  • pots, pans
  • plates/bowels/mugs

 


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