The ultimate festival backpack

It’s that time of year again, when those of you who haven’t booked your festival tickets yet, will be scraping the money together to order them soon. The summer season is full of awesome festivals, ranging from folk to heavy metal, so that no matter what genre of music you love, you can enjoy some live music in an ultimate festival experience.

You have to be ready for anything when it comes to packing your bags for a weekend in a field. You never quite know what the weather will bring, with it changing from sunshine to rain and back again in a matter of hours. Pack wisely, and you can be prepared, no matter what. But, what should you take? Remember that you have to carry your stuff from the car to the site, and sometimes that can be quite a trek!


A Medieval Fancy dress party.

A Medieval Fancy dress party. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You should pack light and avoid things that may be a cumbersome or items that take up too much space. Hoodies, for example, are a popular item but can take up a lot of room in your bag should the sunshine come out to play. Jeans take ages to dry if they get wet, so opt for something else to wear if you can help it – leggings, skirts and dresses are ideal and will look super cute on the ladies, while guys will often be found wearing three-quarter length shorts or combat trousers.

Pack a lightweight anorak for when the heavens open, and some lightweight hoodies and long sleeve tops to help keep the edge off on colder days. Light layers are ideal, so that you will be comfortable, no matter what the weather.

If you fancy injecting even more fun into the festival experience, fancy dress would be perfect addition to your backpack. You don’t have to spend a lot either – you can find some great women’s and men’s fancy dress at George that will help you to stand out from the crowd, while also bringing some humour to a mosh pit!

Food and Drink

Be careful about just how much food and drink you decide to take with you, because a lot of will end up being wasted. Make sure you also read up on the festival site that you’re going to before you buy things too – many don’t allow glass bottles, and some limit the use of BBQs and campfires. Pasta snacks and cereal bars are perfect and remember that the arena will have plenty of stalls offering hot meals, too.

Party at the Clardy's - Sorry you missed it...

Quite a party… (Photo credit: Jill Clardy)


Any festival-goer will know that being clean at a festival isn’t as easy as it is at home. Taking some toiletries, such as your toothbrush, toothpaste and some baby wipes can help to make you feel human for the duration. Dry shampoo is excellent for those with long hair, while a basic first aid kit, and some Paracetamol (for the morning after the night before!) are a must!

Most importantly, don’t forget your tickets, your ID and your cash! Remember there will be ATM machines on site, and bear safety and security in mind at all times. Enjoy!

Disclosure : Advertorial. This post is not written by Julie.

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