New to the festival scene or are you a seasoned veteran? Either way we have advice to make your trip a little more comfortable through the correct kit.
Ensuring you have the right gear is essential to make the most of any festival. Below is a guide from us on what you should consider taking with you when you go to a festival.
Click the tabs across the top to view specific advice on equipment. Below are some top tips to ensure you have the best time possible.
Ensure you have packed all your essentials such as medicine, food and any camping equipment you need. We sell a great range of first aid kits which would be ideal. You can buy medicine at festivals but it generally isn't cheap!
Charge your mobile phone.
If you don't have them already make sure you have all your friends mobile numbers, it makes finding them easier.
Take cash with you. At larger festivals there are usually cash machines but they charge for use and have large queues.
Stock up on food that doesn't perish.
Read the festival rules before you go. Last thing you want to do is turn up with something you shouldn't such as alcohol, glasses, etc.
Keep yourself safe
There is no better way to ruin a festival than something unexpected and unwanted happening. Consider the following things in advance and your festival will go much more smoothly.
Sun - Is it going to be a scorcher? Take some sun cream and a hat to ensure you don't get sun burn or worse yet sun stroke.
Sickness - Take some antibacterial gel for your hands and use it whenever you need to, festivals are generally not the healthiest places.
Dehydration - Alcohol in particular will dehydrate you. Make sure you take plenty of water with you and drink as often as possible.
Blisters - Being on your feet all day can really put stress on your feet. Wear thick comfy socks and shoes.
Hunger - Pack plenty of food so you don't get hungry a daypack is a great place to store some food so you don't have to go back to your tent.
Theft - Make sure you keep anything you wouldn't want to loose close to hand. Better yet only take with you what you are willing to loose.
Think of the environment
Festivals are generally held in the countryside, so remember to bring back as much of what you take as you can.
Pack bin liners and plastic bags and store your rubbish in them.
Camp cooking - where you can use cylinder burners, these don't leave a mess when you leave and take less room to pack.
Take you tent when you leave! It's become a trend to leave a cheap tent when you leave but unless there is a scheme in place take it with you.
Don't leave any food or items that could be harmful to animals - this is pretty obvious.
Making sure you have packed the essentials makes all the difference to to having a great time and rubbish time. Below is the list of the bare essentials for a festival.
We have specific advice for indevidual bits of kit over the next few tabs but here is a quick list:
Keep safety in mind by taking a first aid kit with you. We have a great range of first aid kits from lifesystems, ideal for chucking in the bottom of a rucksack for when you need it most.
There is only really one thing you want to consider when buying a tent for a festival; how many people are coming?
A festival tent should be relatively cheap, thats not to say buy the cheapest thing you can find but things have a habit of getting wrecked at festivals so only spend as much as your willing to loose.
We have a festival tent department for you to peruse. However below are our recommendations
For the guys the Vango Dart is ideal. This simple pop up tent is great value and with its pop-up design is dead easy to pitch. And it comes in 2 or 3 man to accomodate different groups.
Fancy something a little different? A Vango Juno Tepee is what your looking for. With only one pole they are one of the easiest tents to put up and certainly stand out from the crowd.
Lastly, one for the girls. The Vango Zetes tent comes in a vibrant shade of pink. Ideal for the girls and will be a doddle to find in a sea of other more common tents.
When you go to a festival you want a rucksack that's big enough to hold all your essentials but you don't want it to be too big because you can then use it when you're away from your tent. It also needs to keep the water out because there's nothing worse than wet clothes or a ruined iPod!
Rucksack which have an additional daypack are ideal. You can keep all your clothes and other essentials in the main compartment and you can zip-off the daypack for the items you want to keep close to you like your purse/wallet and mobile phone etc.
We have lots of suitable festival rucksacks, but here's a few we think are perfect:
The Berghaus Freeflow 30 Plus 6 Rucksack provides you with a main compartment which fits 30 litres of belongings as well as the extra 6 litre daypack which you can take to the music tent with you.
Because women tend to have more stuff to take with them, we suggest this cool Womens Freeflow Pro 40 Rucksack in Amethyst from Berghaus.
You've got 40 litres for all your essentials and let's face it, it's a nice girly colour too.
The Kohima Wheelie Bags from Lifeventure come in men's and women's versions. These are perfect if you need more space for all your camping gear. Plus you can wheel them along too, so they're great if you've got a bit of walking to do before you can pitch your tent.
A festival sleeping bag shouldn't cost you the earth, but you do want one that is going to keep you warm and dry of a night.
If you want to spend a bit more money on a comfy nights sleep then I'd recommend investing in a good airbed!
We have loads of suitable sleeping bags for festival goers but here are a few of our favourites.
If you want to save as much money to spend on beer at the festival, then this Vango Wilderness 250 Sleeping bag is perfect. It will keep you warm in the spring and summer months and won't stretch the purse strings.
If you're looking for a sleeping bag that's going to stand the test of time then the Coleman Lite 1240 sleeping bag is ideal. Despite being ultra-lightweight, it will keep you warm and comfortable through the night.
Gone are the days where you have to have your own individual sleeping bag. Couples can now get themselves a double sleeping bag to cosy up in under the stars. The Vango Galaxy 250 sleeping bag is perfect.
As easy as it is to get a hot dog or burger when you're at a festival, there's nothing better than sitting round the camp fire cooking your breakfast or dinner – plus, it's got to be cheaper!
When you're cooking it's not just a stove you need, but other essentials like cups and plates and knives and forks, so don't forget to make a list before you go!
Here's what we think are a must for camp cooking at a festival
The Campingaz Camping Chef is amazing, it's so easy to use and you can cook loads of great meals on it for a group of people, including a delicious fry up in the morning, just what you need if you've had one too many the night before!
The spork (spoon / knife / fork combo) is a fantastic multi use tool. It is available in plastic too, but the titanium version will stand the test of time. A fantastic essential which doesn't mean you have to take your whole cutlery set away with you.
Outwell do a fantastic range of acrly glasses and bowls. They are really hard wearing, and let's face it, one of the most important things you will want to make sure you have for your festival! What else are you going to drink from?
Nothing sets you up for the day better than a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. With your own Jetboil personal cooking system it's never been easier, it boils water in 90 seconds! Not only great for tea and coffee but soups too.
If cost and size are the main considerations for a burner then the Campingaz Twister Plus Stove is ideal. At under £20 its not expensive and is ideal for making a warm drink or cooking something small.
Although the British festival season is set in the summer months, we all know what the weather can be like here! Always make sure you take some warm clothing for the evenings around the camp-fire and some waterproofs just in case there's a unexpected downpour!
Here are some definite must haves to think about taking with you to your festival
You always want to take a waterproof jacket with you. They're not as old fashioned as they used to be and we have some nice stylish ones which are perfect. For women, why not check out the Helly Hansen Aden Jacket in black, and for men, the North Face Resolve Jacket in Asphalt Grey?
Grab yourself a pair of waterproof trousers, if not to keep you dry, to keep your normal clothes mud free! If the weather's really that bad you will want to be protected all over. For women, take a look at the Berghaus Paclite Pants and for men the North Face Venture Half Zip Pants in Black are perfect.
Keep yourself nice and warm in the evening with a cosy fleece or jumper. The North Face TKA 100 Glacier fleece is perfect for women, plus it comes in a great range of colours to suit you. For men we're loving the Mountain Hardwear MicroChill Zip Tee, it's warm despite being lightweight, and is great to layer under your jacket.
Festivals are never a place of cleanliness, but you should try to do your best to keep clean so you don't become ill, nor do you gas your friends out with the smell from your armpits! Oh, and don't forget a couple of rolls of toilet roll too!
We know that there can be minimal resources for washing so we have some great products we think are perfect for festival goers.
When there's no showers on site then this Solar Shower is the best thing you could take with you! The shower holds 20 litres of water and can be used over and over again. Just fill it with water and let it sit in the sun during the day to warm up and have a nice shower in the evening. It's that easy!
This handy little pack contains50 leaves of pure, dry soap that won't turn into a soggy mess that covers your toothbrush and other toiletries. Simply add water like you would normal soap and give yourself a good old clean. A great space saving idea that works!