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The seven festival essentials you’ll probably forget

As an everyday festival-goer, I’m used to telling myself what a fantastic factor hindsight is whereas hobbling from stage to stage with blisters on each ft and painfully sunburned shoulders. In all of the excited planning for 4 evening’s tenting in a far-flung discipline, it’s simple to overlook the easy issues that may make competition residing that bit extra comfy.

Roughing it’s a part of the enjoyable, positive, however you may keep away from pointless hardship by making a competition packing checklist. Strive breaking it down into “garments and equipment”, “toiletries”, “valuables” and “tenting”, and ensure to incorporate these oft-forgotten objects that would enable you out of a decent spot.


Even in case you’re not a manic mosher, you’ll be exerting extra effort than you realise just by being in your ft day and evening. Packing nuts or cereal bars – one thing slow-burning with a superb mixture of fats and protein – will make sure you keep away from vitality dips.

Blister plasters

You’ll cowl large distances journeying backwards and forwards throughout a competition website over the course of a weekend. Throw in a pair of wellies you’ve worn as soon as earlier than, and a few hundred folks treading in your toes, and blisters are just about inevitable. A gel-based plaster to guard in opposition to additional rubbing is an easily-overlooked necessity.

Duct tape

Suppose damaged tent-poles, tears in your tent canvas, even holes in your wellies. A bit of industrial quality tape within the backside of your rucksack may get you out of a disaster, and it takes up little or no house.

A torch

We’ve all been there: scrambling round in a pitch-black tent at 3am after too many heat ciders, trying to find the zip in your sleeping bag, attempting to make use of the display of your dying telephone as a light-weight. You want just a little, light-weight torch. In case your tent has an inside hook, you may even arrange a makeshift gentle by hanging your torch from it – and if it doesn’t, get your duct tape out. Duct tape is helpful, see?

Moveable telephone charger

Calls to find pals and irresistibly Instagrammable sunsets over the principle stage are going to run that battery down very quickly. Most festivals now supply a charging facility, however there are queues, they could value cash, and telephones can disappear. Moveable chargers are reasonably priced and dependable, and even the most affordable fashions can give you one or two pre-loaded prices that may type you out for the weekend.

Earplugs and eyemask

Chances are high you’re going to need at the very least one first rate evening’s sleep to see you thru 4 days and nights of exertion. Even in case you’re tenting far from the principle area, you’ll be with a number of loud and completely satisfied folks – and tents should not precisely soundproof. So in case you’re a light-weight sleeper, earplugs are a should. Additionally, it’s summer time, and the solar rises insanely early. If that’s going to wake you up, pack an eyemask and get an additional couple of hours of relaxation.

Garments pegs

Seize a few garments pegs earlier than you permit house and pop them in a rucksack pocket. There’s certain to be a deluge sooner or later. When the solar lastly comes out, squeeze out your sodden clothes and peg them to your tent, or a close-by tree. Socks particularly – nothing nicer than a dry pair on day three.

The remainder of my competition equipment checklist:

  • Tent (with sufficient pegs)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll-mat
  • Inflatable pillow. Or only a pillow case – you may stuff a jumper into it
  • Plastic luggage and bin luggage
  • Water container
  • Blanket
  • Clothes for all weathers
  • Wellies – and lengthy socks
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Money
  • Waterproofs
  • Sun shades
  • Bathroom roll
  • Moist wipes
  • Paracetamol
  • Any remedy
  • Dry shampoo
  • Anti-bacterial hand-wash
  • Solar cream
  • Toiletries

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