Packing For A Festival: What To Take, Where To Get It & Top Tips

Hello guys and gals,

Today I am starting to get super excited because we’re finally on our two-week countdown to Download Festival 2016. It’s come around so quickly this year!

I desperately need to get organised and start buying all of the extra things and outdoor gear that we need and pack it all up ready to go for our early morning wake-up call and drive over to Donnington.

That reminds me, I need to print off our annual ‘Honk If You’re Horny For Download‘ sign for the journey as well 😉

Packing For A Festival: What To Take, Where To Get It & Top Tips

Every year it’s a scramble to get everything sorted and I forget what I put on my list from the year before so I end up getting there and realising I’ve missed something which is a complete nightmare with the crazily-inflated prices at the campsite supermarket – if you’re lucky enough that what you’ve forgotten is even stocked! If it’s not there, well you’re snookered aren’t you?

So, in the spirit of finding some sort of organisation and for my benefit and yours, I’ve knocked up a festival packing list for you to download + print so you can make sure you’ve crammed everything in your bags and can free your mind ready for your epic weekend of drunken antics and awesome bands.

Festival Packing List (Free Printable)

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Festival Packing List

Where To Buy – Camping Essentials

Festival Camping Wishlist

(1) 3-Person Tent (2) Alcatel Emergency Mobile Phone (3) ‘Mummy’ Sleeping Bag (4) Instant BBQ (with legs) (5) Double Inflatable Mattress (6) Rubber Mallet (7) Leopard Print Lace-Up Wellies (8) Portable Bluetooth Speaker (9) Camping & Festival Trolley (10) Fold-Up Camping Chair (11) Waterless Wash Kit

Where To Buy – Festival Fashion

Festival Fashion

(1) Cut Cross Backpack (2) Alchemy ‘A Rose For Eve’ Pendant (3) Banned Striped Hoodie (4) Killstar Vegan Vest Jacket (5) Killstar ‘Sera’ Star Harness Dress (6) Hair Chalk (7) Banned Skull Wire Rose Vest (8) Manic Panic Lipstick (Atomic Turquoise)

How Much Money Will You Need?

This depends entirely on how extravagant you want to be whilst you’re at the festival.

At most festivals, including Download and R & L, you won’t be able to take your own alcohol in to the arena although it’s fine to have your own drinks at the campsite. The bar in the arena charges approx. £5 per pint and we have about 10 a day on average – fitting them in when we’re not happily getting squished in the crowds – so for two of us, that’s £100 a day.

We don’t take food in to the arena either so we probably spend another £40 on meals as well. Your average burger/box of noodles/pizza is anywhere between £5-£10 depending on where you go. There’s usually a wide range of food stalls including toasties, crumpets, noodles, burgers, mexican food, pizzas, ostrich burgers, chips etc.

You’ll probably want some money for merch as well right?  As a guide, t-shirts are about £20-£25, hoodies are closer to the £50 mark and there’ll be some other novelties as well such as beanies, bandanas, plastic cups and (hopefully) baby clothes!

You might also want to buy a lanyard with the stage times on which is about £10 and absolutely not waterproof!

For a 3-day weekend, Michael and I usually take £400 with us to cover everything comfortably. However, we don’t drink as much on the final day as we’ll go home after the last band plays to avoid congestion and traffic jams.


Top Tips

– If you take a digital camera with you, take a photo of your mobile phone number and details so that it can be easily returned to you if misplaced.

– Put a lock code or combinatation on your mobile phone so it’s useless to anybody else if picked up or stolen. If you ring your number, they should still be able to answer it without unlocking everything else and you can arrange for it to be returned to you.

– Take an emergency mobile phone as a back-up incase anything happens to your smartphone or you’re not able to charge it up. I’ve just bought this Alcatel from o2 for £9.99 with free next day delivery.

– Arrange a meeting point so if you get separated from your partner or friends you have somewhere to go to find them again.

– Make sure you keep things like your phone, money and keys on you at all times and that they’re in your sleeping bag with you overnight to avoid pickpockets and thieves. You can use things like a key chain or keep everything in a zipped pocket instead.

– If the festival you’re going to has lockers you can store your valuables in there instead and there’s usually a USB cable to charge your phone as well.

– You won’t be allowed to take any glass bottles in to the campsite so decant your Jack Daniels and other spirits in to plastic bottles before you set off.

– Try and be clever wth your packing. Yes, you’ll want to try and be prepared but you’ll also need to lug your bags/trolleys from your car/drop off point all the way through the queues and across the fields to your chosen camping spot. This usually takes a couple of hours so you won’t want to be bogged down with lots of heavy clobber!

– If you can, do a practice run with your tent in the back garden before the event to make sure that you’re familiar with how to put it up and that there’s no rips or tears in the material. If you do find any issues with your tent whilst you’re there, you should be able to buy a replacement tent, blow-up bed etc. from one of the vendors, if needed.

Are you going to any music festivals this year?

Lucy Signature

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  1. June 1, 2016 / 7:43 PM

    Love this and such perfect tips. Not been to a festival in ages but I remember once taking three cans of slim fast thinking that would keep me full for three days so hardly took anything else with me!

    Love Blue banana too I was so gutted when the shop here went 🙁 xxx

    • June 1, 2016 / 9:24 PM

      I’ve never been in an actual Blue Banana shop – good job really, I’d leave with an empty bank account haha! X X

  2. June 1, 2016 / 11:24 PM

    What a useful list, I am sure it’s going to help lots of people.

    • June 1, 2016 / 11:35 PM

      Thank you, I hope so! It can be a pain trying to remember everything you need that’s for sure X X

  3. June 2, 2016 / 12:21 AM

    This is absolutely fantastic – what a great guide! I have to admit I’ve never been to a festival so I would have no idea where I would start. x

  4. June 2, 2016 / 12:49 AM

    Great tips and a handy packing list, thanks for sharing this will come in handy.

  5. June 2, 2016 / 7:41 AM

    Some really valuable tips for anybody attending festivals this year. Great post lovely x

  6. Jessica McDonnell
    June 2, 2016 / 12:19 PM

    This is a great post. I’m sad I’m missing download this year, I used to go all the time.

    • June 3, 2016 / 10:08 PM

      Thank you 🙂
      Oh no! I hope you manage to get there next year, it’s one of my highlights every summer!
      X X

  7. June 2, 2016 / 4:34 PM

    This came at the right time because I am meant to be going to a festival in the summer and I forget so many important essentials every year. Pinning this checklist and sticking it to my wall lol.

    • June 3, 2016 / 10:06 PM

      Which one are you going to Ana? I hope you have a lovely time and that the checklist proves useful for you! X X

  8. June 2, 2016 / 6:01 PM

    We’ve been wanting to go to Download Festival for years now, hopefully one day!!! Such great ideas and I love the Festival Packing List. I so want the Killstar Vegan Vest Jacket, that is now on my lust list.


    Laura x

    • June 3, 2016 / 10:06 PM

      Ooh I hope you can come sometime, it’d be lovely to meet up for a drink and a chat 🙂
      I know, it’s gorgeous isn’t it? It could be my ‘gig jacket’ (totally justifying it, haha!)
      X X

  9. June 2, 2016 / 7:04 PM

    I haven’t been to a festival in years but this checklist is great! I’m going to pass it on to a friend who loves camping & festivals.

    • June 3, 2016 / 10:05 PM

      Ah thank you, that’s very sweet of you and I hope you’re friend finds it useful 🙂 X X

  10. June 2, 2016 / 7:53 PM

    Oh this is perfect! Such a great post – we go to our first festival next month! Kaz x

    • June 3, 2016 / 10:04 PM

      Thank you 🙂
      Woop, which one are you off to?
      I hope you have an amazing time Kaz!
      X X

  11. June 3, 2016 / 12:53 AM

    Excellent advice! I’m not a festival goer as I dislike crowds and loud noise (claustrophobic), but I am a massive fan of having packing lists! Hope you have a good time! (Lucy/R is for Hoppit)

    • June 3, 2016 / 10:04 PM

      I love a good list as well, keeps me organised and on my toes! X X

  12. June 3, 2016 / 9:47 PM

    You’re one cool Mummy! i love how a sledge is on the campsite essentials?!!
    Have a great time!


    • June 3, 2016 / 10:02 PM

      Aw, why thank you! *blushes*
      Oh yes, a sledge or trolley is definitely required, how else are you going to get all of your stuff (mainly booze!) to the campsite? Haha!
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂
      X X

  13. June 13, 2016 / 7:34 PM

    Such a handy list Lucy! I haven’t been to a festival for sooooo long! Whilst download is a little too heavy for me some of the others I have previously enjoyed have become way too commercialised! I love the tip of taking a picture of your phone number though! That would be good to have on a camera all the time I imagine. Thanks for co hosting 🙂 #thewishlistlinky xx

    • June 15, 2016 / 8:50 PM

      I know I think I’m going to do it on my DSLR as well, fab tip isn’t it?
      I hope you get to a festival soon, such an amazing experience!
      X X