Join us as we share our top 10 items you'll want to have at a weekend festival. In no particular order...
- Camping Equipment
It’s going to be a rough weekend if you haven’t got camping equipment. We recommend the ‘pop-up’ variety of tents because they are way easier to put up and take down. This is especially good when you might be feeling a big fragile after a long weekend of partying.
- Sun Cream
We Brits get very excited when it comes to summer time. We’ll soak up any sun that there is, usually without any protection. Although this is great for the tan, it’s not so great for your long term health. I hate to be a downer, but if you don’t want to be a wrinkly bag when you grow old, it’s best to get some use protection. We recommend at least getting at least SPF 20 in daily. You’ll thank me when you’re fifty!
- Light Up Shoes
Although we might be just slightly biased, we believe light up shoes should be a priority for everyone going to a festival this summer. (In fact, we think that everyone should have at least one pair so that they can experience the fun and nostalgia of the LED trainers that most of us had as kids, but that’s beside the point.) A pair of flashing shoes is the perfect addition to a festival, heightening a lot of the best bits; the light shows, dancing, and generally having a good time. Disclaimer: Be prepared to receive a lot of attention with these.
- Coconut Water
Heralded as one of the best cures for a hangover, Coconut water boasts more potassium than a banana! This is great because a weekend of lounging around in the sun coupled with drinking is bound to deplete you of your precious electrolytes. You know that pounding headache you get in the morning? Well, that’s mostly due to dehydration, so this will sort you right out. The potassium and other minerals help you to retain any liquids you do still have in your body, and the water itself will help to top them back up so you’re ready to take on another day. Plus, coconut water is rather tasty, far removed from the Bountys you would find at the bottom of a tin of celebrations!
- Festival Toilet Roll
Nearly as bad as waiting half an hour for the loo is inevitability that when you finally reach the Promised Land there won’t be any toilet roll left. But fear not. Being the clever cookie that you are you brought your own. In fact it’s specially designed for festivals so it’s light and compact. Well done you!
- Solar charger
Worried about running out of battery with your phone or camera? A solar charger will remove all your worries and keep your devices topped up with juice for multiple days on end. You can even charge them up beforehand so you don’t have to rely on the British sun (although it will still charge up in overcast weather).
I know what you’re thinking: ‘I go to festivals for the music. I don’t want to block it out!’ Well, yes I agree. But have you ever stood in the front row of Andy C, in close proximity to the enormous bass speakers? If you have, you’ll know that you’re hearing will be a little short over the course of the next few days. That’s why earplugs are a sensible addition to your festival arsenal. Not only will they prevent tinnitus, but in some cases they actually make live music sound better. Just remember to get silicone ones rather than foam ones which can sometimes muffle the music.
Festivals are all about enjoying live music with good friends, but a lot of time will be spent chilling out around your camp site. To make the most of your down time we think a Jambox is a great idea. Portable, with 10 hours of battery life and Bluetooth connectivity, having this mini-speaker at your disposal means you can keep the good times going. Couple it with a solar charger and you’re prepared for anything.
- Hand sanitiser
Have you seen the toilets at festivals!? Without this miracle juice you’re risking all sorts of weird and not-so-wonderful germs. Ever wonder why so many people get ill 2 – 3 days after a festival ends? It’s because your immune system is severely compromised from all of the drinking and consecutive late nights, so germs have a much better chance of taking you down! Not with this though. A couple of drops after each loo use and you’re right as rain J
- Diffraction glasses / Love Specs
This is probably the number one way to make friends at a festival. No jokes! If you’ve got a pair of diffraction glasses to hand you can become buddies with just about anyone. Coupled these with light up shoes and you’re on to a winner. We think that Love Specs are the best ones out there. Why? Because these sunglasses turn everything in to love hearts. Could you bring better vibes to a festival?