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Festival essentials

All you need to enjoy an epic music festival and how to recreate one at home.

Are you excited for the festival season; singing along to your favourite act and dancing till sunrise? Or maybe you fancy recreating a festival at home? Follow our top tips to keep you rocking out all weekend long.

Camping essentials

Tents in a field.

Top tents

Pick a tent bigger than you need – if there’s only 2 of you, go for a 3 man tent. This’ll give you room to store your bags or dry wet clothes.

Orange sleeping bag.

Sleeping bags

A good airbed and sleeping bag can help make any festival field feel like 5-star luxury. A yoga or sleeping mat will be just as good and easier to carry.

Green trolley.

Festival trolleys

Save your energy and easily pull your kit along with a festival cart. You’ll thank us if the car park is miles away from your tent. 

Two young women giving each other a high five in a camp.

Camping chairs

They’re lightweight, foldable and a campsite must-have. Your feet (and bum) will be grateful after a day of walking, dancing and welly wearing.

What to pack in your festival bag

Festival goers have tried and tested what you need for a stress-free weekend. And the great thing is, once you get that festival bug, you use them again and again.

Go to gadgets

Power banks.

Power banks

Don't run out of charge! Power banks are small enough for bags or pockets. They keep your phone and camera charged, anytime, anywhere.

 Canon PowerShot V10 Vlogger camera kit.


Looking for instant retro snaps? Or perhaps that front row feeling with a DSLR super-zoom. Browse our camera guide for beginners to find the right one for you.

Phone lights.


Invest in a spare phone. It’ll have more space for all your Insta-worthy photos and you won’t be so devastated, if you break or lose it.

Sony SRS-XB23 Bluetooth portable speaker in black.


Light, compact, waterproof and wireless. Portable speakers are a great way to keep the music going when you’re away from the main stages. 

Your wardrobe and washbag

Freshen up.

Freshen up

All the little things you need, to keep you fresh and clean. Who needs a bathroom anyway?

Hair and beauty.

Hair and beauty

Light, compact and handy products, helping you be mainstage ready at the drop of a mic.

Strut your stuff.

Strut your stuff

Shorts and sunnies, or rain macs and wellies. Be prepared for unpredictable weather. Or stand out from the crowd with a fancy dress costume.

Four friends walking to a festival with rucksacks and wellies on.

In the bag

Consider earplugs and an eye mask to block out that sharp morning sun. A first aid kit, sun cream and paracetamol are also must-haves.

Road trip kit

Your weekend begins the minute you load the car, start the engine and turn up the tunes. To make sure you get there and back again, check your car has all it needs.

Festival tips

Group with festival tags.

Turn up early

It’s going to be busy. Give yourself extra time to enjoy your road trip, beat the traffic and any security queues. You’ll also have a better chance to get that prime camping spot.

Tent tops.

The best spot

Be practical. You’ll want to be near the loos, but not too close you can smell them. Avoid paths (and noisy commuters) and aim for a landmark, or create a unique flag, to easily find your way back.

Person putting keys in bum bag.

Keeping valuables safe

Avoid locking your tent so it doesn't look like something valuable's inside. When out and about, keep your essentials with you in secure pockets or bags.

Sistema Twist and Sip water bottle.

Stay hydrated

Keep your fluid intake topped up, especially with all the dancing you’ll be doing. Save some pennies and fill up your own water bottle from the free water taps.

At-home festival ideas

If you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket this year or your favourite festival was cancelled, that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the festival fun. When the sun’s out, make the most of your outdoor space - get your tribe round, share your favourite playlist and find your look for the ultimate at-home festival!

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