It’s festival season! Everyone loves a good frolick in a field right? And we all know what we’re doing by now right? We never get sunburn, or drenched. Certainly no blisters and we definitely don’t forget anything. Yeah? No. It’s pretty easy to forget some of the festival essentials, so we’ve put together a handy guide on what to take to a festival! That way, you’ll never be caught out again.

Don’t worry though, we’re not asking you bring everything but the kitchen sink! Party of the beauty is roughing it after all. Use this as an essential checklist of what you should probably try bring.


Kind of a no brainer right? You’d be amazed how many people forget their tickets.

Make sure that your ticket is somewhere safe, ideally easy to reach because you’ll be needing it at the door. Once you’re in and you have a wristband, your ticket has done it’s job and you can

You’re not getting anywhere without your ticket – it’s arguably the ultimate festival essential. 


If you’re not planning on bringing (or smuggling) in your own drinks, it’s going to be a good to bring some kind of ID.


More and more festivals have cashpoints now, so just bringing your card is easier than ever. However, they do run the huge risk of getting lost, and in the age of contactless someone could be having a great time on your money. Signal isn’t great either, so you might not be able to ring your bank and turn it off.

Bringing cash with you is always reliable, and it sets you within a budget – which may or may not be a good thing.

Download Festival
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An absolute festival essential. It can be as simple or as fancy as you want. If you plan on doing a lot of festivals this summer, it pays off investing in a good tent. If you’ve just got the odd one or two, a £20 pop-up tent can’t really go wrong.

And if you do plan on getting a cheap one and ditching it, make sure to keep an eye out for any homeless charities that are taking donations! Don’t be that guy that leaves it in the field for someone else to take care of.

Sleeping bag

The same goes for a good sleeping bag – but you might get more use from a good sleeping bag outside of festival. Get one warm, insulated and waterproof. Keep an eye for those army surplus stalls – they always good, hardy stuff and it’s not too expensive.

Sleeping bags and tents are a festival essential for Leeds
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Roll mat

This isn’t always a must-have item, but it can be life changing. If you manage to find a nice, flat bank to pitch your tent, great. But most people won’t be so lucky, and so a roll mat can be the perfect remedy.

If you’re really keen, a blow up mattress may be the way to go, but bear in mind your tent will need to be big enough to match.


Yeah, we all have phones now and they come with torches, but what if you’re looking for you phone? Also, your phone can run out and then what. It’s pretty essential to keep a wind-up torch in your tent at a festival, that way you never need to worry about charging it or finding batteries.

Tissues, wet wipes and loo roll

Don’t trust porta-loos. Ever. Under no circumstances are they to be relied upon, okay? Keep a few loo rolls in your tent, and take some packets of tissues with you when you go out to the arenas. Wet wipes never go amiss for a quick sponge bath either/

Portable Charger

Gone are the days where you expect to go without outside communications for the whole festival. It’s actually pretty easy to stayed charged the entire time, especially with the addition of charging stations everywhere.

There are loads of pretty affordable power banks and portable chargers out there now, and they come in handy when you’re out and about everywhere. Especially when you’re sat somewhere comfy and just don’t want to get up to move near a plug. Anker by far have some of the best priced chargers for their quality.

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Bin bags

These are an absolute festival essential with over 1000 uses. Need to separate your clean from dirty clothes? Your wet from dry? What about extra waterproofing on your bedding? Somewhere to put your rubbish? Putting your feet back in wet shoes? Or even as an extra raincoat in the worst of circumstances? Trust us. Bring bin bags.

Sunshine makes sun cream and sunglasses a festival essential

Waterproofs & wellies

It’s essential to have a good pair of shoes at a festival, wellies or not. They have become a solid part of festival fashion, and there are so many great designs out there that you’re spoiled for choice. Design your own, or even invest in a good pair of walking boots for true all round foot protection.

Don’t forget to bring a solid waterproof jacket as well. You will be thankful for it when UK weather does what it does best. Check out more ways to survive a festival in the rain.


Remember the age old rule – UK weather is contrary and will always do the exact opposite of what you want. Bring some sunglasses too, just in case it’s actually sunny.

Sun cream

Which means you should also have some sun cream to hand. You don’t want to come away from a festival with just sunburn to prove it.

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Hand sanitiser

Remember when we said never trust Porta-loos? Yeah. Hand sanitiser will be an absolute godsend, so make sure you always have some to hand. Remember, running water is scarce at a festival.

Duct Tape

This is an absolute must, especially if you don’t plan on bringing any extra tent proofing. Duct Tape can fix absolutely that can go wrong. Hole in your tent, in your jacket, waterproofing your shoes, fixing your love life… Well, maybe not that last one, but it’d do a damn good job.

The possibilities are endless with Duct Tape, and it’s well worth bringing some along. Your campsite will love you for it.

Earplugs and an eyemask

If you’re a light sleeper this one will come in handy. Campsites are going to be noisy, it’s a given, but you can’t always enjoy yourself if you’re grouchy from a bad nights rest.

Benicà ssim
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Reusable water bottle

This is fast becoming an festival essential. Festival’s have water points all over, so make sure you have a hardy water bottle you can take with you. Remember to fill it up before you go to bed each night, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

First aid kit

It doesn’t have to be complicated, but some plasters and disinfectant can go a long way. You may get blisters, or your grand ideas at making breakfast may go wrong, and they’ll be there to save the day. Pain killers will help when you wake up with that morning after headache too.

Dry Shampoo

It’s unlikely that you’ll find a shower at a festival, so a good essential to have is some dry shampoo. It’s the little things that can make you feel a bit more human on day 3!

Is that enough for you?