Festival Packing Tips For A First Timer

We are quickly heading into the festival season and there will be many people considering heading to one of the many festivals on this summer who have never been to one before. But what can you expect if you are a festival first timer?

Here are some top tips to make your first festival experience amazing.

Pack What You Need




It can be tempting to pack far too much or far too little. What you really need to do is ensure you have got enough clothes to last you the amount of time that you are there and also a spare change of clothes. The weather can change at any moment and festivals can get rather muddy - you definitely want a change of clothes ready if you end up going face first into a load of brown mud! It's also a good idea to pack wet wipes and hand sanitizer as festivals campsites aren't the cleanest places, oh and don't forget suncream, waterproofs, wellies and an umbrella if you are going to a festival in the UK to cope with all weather eventualities. 

You Can Enjoy Some Luxury


Whilst a lot of people love the festival experience of chilling out in a tent, getting muddy, getting drunk and enjoying some good music, others do still like a bit of luxury in their life. If that is you, fear not, there are festivals out there that have a luxurious edge, such as Coachella.

There are often pop-ups and installations at festivals - luxury brands have tapped into the idea that they can attract young people to their brands by attending festivals and meeting them on their home turf. Depending on the festival too, there may be tents with different things offered like hair, massages etc. There is even a Bollinger stand at The Hay Festival. You can certainly still get a sense of luxury if you want it.  To have the luxury on a budget you could even make a hamper of treats to take with you with your favourite snacks, drinks and home comforts.

Where Shall I Stay?


This is the big question of all. Some people bring along their own tents - big or small. Large tents are great as there is often plenty of space. There’s also the option of booking accommodation at the festival itself so you don’t have to worry about bringing along a tent. There are companies that not only offer accommodation in huts, tents or yurts but also provide an extra special experience too - offering transport to and from the camp, a fabulous bar and even delicious breakfasts in the morning. It is totally up to you what you decide to do - it is your experience after all.

Be Prepared


We’ve talked about what you need to pack clothes wise but it is always important to make sure you are prepared when it comes to other items too. Taking a phone, a phone charger, money and cards may seem obvious but it is amazing how many people run out of money or forget their chargers and can’t charge their phones over the course of a festival. You should also ensure you’ve got any medication you may need, numbers for your emergency contact available and an alternative money option should you run out of money or lose the money you do have. You don’t want to be in a position where you are stuck at a festival with no money and no way to contact anyone - being prepared is key.

With so many festivals coming up, I hope these tips have helped you. Have you got any festival in particular that you would like to attend this year?


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13 comments

  1. We've been looking at festivals this year, although looking to book accommodation there rather than take our own tent etc

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  2. Parking can be awful at these sort of things can't it! I've been to day ones before and I've always dreaded getting in and out. These are some wonderful tips.

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    1. Ah yep, with so many people parking can be a bit of a hassle.

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  3. These are great tips. I've never actually been to a festival but I'd like to!

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  4. This is super helpful. I haven't been to a festival before so should I go, I'll know what to take! xxx

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    1. Are there any festivals you really fancy going to?

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  5. Great ideas here! I'm going to Boomtown and hopefully some festivals around Europe. I've been to enough festivals to have a safe idea of what to expect but somehow I still end up overpacking! x

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  6. Whenever I travel, I make sure to bring wet wipes, alcohol or hand sanitizer, candies or bar of chocolate in my bag. Thanks for this awesome ideas!

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  7. So many fab ideas! I always tend to over pack, so need these tips haha xx

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  8. I've never camped at a festival before as I don't like the thought of sleeping that close to all those people lol. I usually book into a nearby hotel instead, which leads to me taking way too much stuff with me that I end up not using!

    Louise x

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  9. I’ve never actually been to a festival, I feel almost ashamed to say that! But these are some great packing tips, I especially like that there are companies out there you can rent accommodation from!

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