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Excited for the festival season? Our complete guide is here to help you avoid the last-minute frenzy while helping you pack all the must-haves from tents and trolleys to blankets and beauty products.

Festival packing list

While festivals are fun and adventurous, packing can be tricky. From forgetting bits and bobs to ending up without a ticket, you name it and someone in your friends or family has been through it. But hey presto, not this time. Our handy downloadable festival essentials checklist can help you go prepared to the festival this summer.

Other festival essentials

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Rucksacks and bags

Crank up the comfort with lightweight camping rucksacks. Go for bags with multiple pockets and side zippers to store and find your clothes, meds, makeup, gadgets and gizmos easily. Check for thicker straps and weather resistant qualities, too.

A woman in white festival costume drinking water from a clear water bottle.

Water bottles, carriers, flasks and mugs

Keep your drinks hot and yourself hydrated. Water carriers are a great way to store water near you. And, flasks and travel mugs help you sip that cuppa while it's piping hot. You can also fill water bottles for free from taps around the site.

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Save your phone's battery for capturing memories. A torch can be useful when you are getting back to your tent in the dark, finding your stuff in the bag or when you want to use the bathroom at night.

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Have blankets at the ready for when the weather takes a chilly turn. Or use them to lie down on when you've found the perfect spot for stargazing.

Festival gadgets

Festival looks

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Festival hair

Get creative with those strands. Add a pop of colour, make some waves. Go for braids, twists or a messy bun, it's all about having fun. These cordless stylers make for perfect sidekicks.

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Festival beauty

Unleash your imagination. From floating liners to Glasto manicures, go bold and bright. Explore face paints, light, compact makeup and glitter to be mainstage ready at the drop of a mic.

Two girls and a man in festival TU apparells.

Fancy dress and clothing

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

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Freshen up

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

Festival top picks

Festival tips

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Don’t forget your tickets!

Make sure to keep your etickets ready to avoid the last minute email hunt. Keep your physical tickets, IDs, cash and cards in a compact cross body bag, close to you.

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Turn up early

Beat the traffic and give yourself extra time to enjoy your trip. An early arrival means skipping the long security queue and a better chance to get that prime camping spot.

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Find the best spot

The ideal spot is near the loos, but not too close to smell them. Avoid paths (and noisy commuters) and aim for a landmark, or create a unique flag, to easily find your way back.

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Keep your 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 small bags.

Camping essentials checklist

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