11 Awesome Ways to Sneak Alcohol into Festivals

Once you add up the ticket, the equipment, the food and the alcohol festivals are expensive. There’s no doubt that they’re worth every penny, but  they’re definitely still expensive. Most of the weekend camping festivals let you take your own booze in, Glastonbury and Bestival included. There are always a few that are just out to make as much money as possible though, such as EXIT, Field Day and Eastern Electrics. I understand. If I ran a festival I’m sure the fat cat side of me would see the potential in doing this too, but for us lowly citizens who just want to have a good time without queueing up and paying £4/5 a time for it, we need another way.

Here I’m going to take you through a few ways you can sneak alcohol into festivals to save on money and time so you can spend more on having fun.

Scroll down to the bottom for the latest in booze-smuggling technology!


1. Sunscreen bottle

Simply empty and refill with booze. Or if you want to be really crafty, and probably safer, put your booze in a food bag and push to the bottom of the bottle. That way if they open it up and sniff it or look at it, there will still be sunscreen on the top to throw them off the scent.

2. In the Pringles tube

Same idea, different smuggling vessel. Just add a food bag of booze in the bottom – weighs less than bottles – and stack a few Pringles on top. Sneaky.

3. Wine bags

Buy the boxed wine – which I like to call ‘cardboardeaux’ – and take the bag out. Then just put it down your trousers as a voluptuous bum, or in your top as a squidgy belly. Dress discreetly and accordingly.

4. Mini bottles in the wellies

Just turn your wellies into a mini bar, watch how you walk and you’ll be the most popular kid in the field. In all my years of festivals I’ve never had my wellies frisked.

5. Cans in the hood

It’s worth a shot. Slip a few cans in your hood and act casual as you walk by – let me know how you get on with this one.

More desperate…

how to get alcohol into festivals

Any Americans out there wiling to get me one of these?

6. Specially adapted bra

Again fill food bags (probably want to double bag them) half way and stuff into your bra like chicken fillets. Bear in mind that the booze will be lovely (bleugh) and warm when you get them out, but at least you’ll have saved money on a drink.

Or, if you can get your hands on one of these ‘Wineracks‘ ($30), you’re laughin’.

7. Crotch bottle

Boys will probably have a few troubles with the above, so why not take the idea and shove it down your crotch instead? Pretty sure if anyone felt a saggy bag in that area they wouldn’t investigate any further.

9. Camelbak

Something like this Hydrobak 1.5 Litre Camelbak is perfect for smuggling alcohol in under your jumper. Strap it to your back with tape to prevent the security guards from feeling the gap between your back and the bag.

10. Novelty-shaped hip flasks

lip stick shaped hip flask

These Iggi hip flask binoculars are really cool and I want them, and this lipstick-shaped hip flask could come in handy too. Not sure if trying to take a pair of binoculars into a festival is more obvious than a welly mini bar, but it’s another option.

camera shaped hip flask

You could also try the paddle brush secret hip flask, or even one shaped like a digital camera. Sneaky!

8. Sippin seat

Check this out. I think they must be big in the USA, but I’ve never actually seen them before. It’s a Sippin Seat; a handy soft pillow you can use as a chair and that where can also store 750ml, more commonly known as a bottle of wine, inside. Definitely number one on my 2013 Christmas list…

You’ve got issues…

10. Inject vodka into oranges

Or any fruit. Just get yourself a syringe and you can make the most innocent of foods super alcoholic. If you do resort to this, have a little word with yourself to check everything’s ok and life is heading the way you want it.

11. Double use colostomy bag

If you can get your hands on a colostomy bag and tube you can fill it with whisky and lemonade so it looks like wee on the way in, and then get your doctor mate to fix it up to use it properly when you’re watching the bands and it’ll save you some time there too…

Top tip: Once you’ve passed security don’t whip out your contraband out straight away. Just keep walking and wait until you are in a bit of a crowd.


Just what we’ve all been waiting for! New for 2014, Shot Tubes & Tampon Wrappers to help you get your booze into the festivals.

Look how happy she is at discovering these beauts!

You get 5 ‘shot tubes of party fun’. They’re easy to fill – just peel the adhesive strip and fill the leak proof booze tube with your liquor of choice.

I want.

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  1. Hahaha this made me chuckle. I think I might try all of them for Glasto later this year… In particular injecting fruit!

  2. This is hilarious! The fruit is genius. Surely they wouldn’t notice a vodka melon if you look super innocent and the sort of person that sticks to the 5-a-day rule even at festivals?!

  3. Oh my god! Those really are desperate measures. I do like the wine seat a lot, but I think Santa will judge me in a big way if I ask for one next Christmas…

  4. Loving the blog Vicky

    You should deffo enter this competition on my lil’ site in Ireland – Festivals.ie


    • Hello Niall, would love to, but I have no more annual leave days from work! I’ll spread the word though :)

  5. Awesome Blog Vicky with rea Awesome Ways to Sneak Alcohol.
    I wonder, what made you think of them.

    By the way, if there is any scope for a swimming pool at the site of festival, then you may prefer filling Alcohol in a Life Jacket Ring, which may contain a big quantity sufficient for a large group of friends… ha ha

  6. Becki | BackpackerBecki says:

    This is awesome Vicky you sneaky little thing. Half of which I have never thought about before citing my ‘magic water’ as the best invention ever. Sunscreen bottle needs a try out! Thanks :)

    • Ha, no problem Becki. I’m looking forward to trying some out in a few weeks at Field Day. See how much trouble I get in :)

  7. Hahaha this is hilarious! The sunscreen bottle is genius.

    I recently got a reasonable quantity of booze into a festival by hiding it in my jacket. The trick is a leather jacket that’s so beaten up that the lining tears away from the leather exterior. You can’t see the bottle through the stiff leather.

    It gets you double cool points for being sooo rock and roll.

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  9. SInce when have you not been able to take booze into Glasto?! Good lord, not in my day, it was just glass bottles you couldn’t go in with for H&S purposes! Certainly Cardboardeaux was fair game ;)

    • You can! In the intro I say how awesome Glasto is because you can, it’s those other pesky festivals you have to watch out for :)

  10. My mate did the Pringle one at Reading a number of years ago. Vodka into a water bottle with a couple of decoy Pringles on top. He even offered the security some as he went through as a double bluff. I’m happy to say it worked.

  11. Crotch Bottle? lol… there’s something called Freedom Flask out there that WORKS great for men and you can bring enough booze in for the whole family (1 liquor bottle + a few shots).


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  13. Stock up on Capri sun (the ones with a screwcap) fill with various alcohol & squish a few in your pockets, Wellies, uggs, socks, hoodie, bottom of your bag. Been doing this for years, it’s never failed. Iv even casually strolled past security with one in my hand. They call me the one woman bar :-)

  14. Nicole mason says:

    I smuggled drink in by buying extra ice packs, empty and rinse then fill with alchol! Never be caught again.

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  16. I bought that camera thing and it works a treat. I just walk in confidently and sometimes even ‘take photos’ of the security guards as I glide past. They don’t bat an eyelid.

  17. All over numbers 2,3,4 and 7
    for T in the Park in 11 days.
    Love the sipping seat but there’s no seats allowed to be brought over from campsite.
    We make sandwiches and scoop out the bread and put the mini Smirnoffs in there, slice of ham on top and jobs a goodun.

  18. PACKfest says:

    I always go the hip flask down the pants route but have a decoy bag on top that you offer to be searched.

  19. Soak jelly sweets in vodka, takes a few days but works a treat x

  20. jordane duncan says:

    girls grab your fat pants and stick the flat half bottles of vodka in them! get about 3 or 4 in there!;)

  21. Got a few of these ready for Bestival tomorrow – wish me luck!

  22. Ricky Margan says:

    This is awesome. Thank you so much to share it. The idea of sunscreen bottle is really nice. I also know a secret flask about the Bev-Bag is a FULLY FUNCTIONAL secret handbag flask for women that holds over 28 Oz. The Bev-Bag has a hidden flask built into its base.

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  24. Great post. Really made me laugh and had some great ideas!

  25. Bookmarked for next year for sure!

  26. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea for carry favorite alcohol secretly. The idea of sunscreen bottle is really nice. I had no idea about hidden flask before. Two months before one of my friends bought Bev-Bag Secret Handbag Flask from Binocktails. It can hold over 28 oz. It has a hidden flask built into its base. This is a very nice product for ladies who want to enjoy their favorite drinks.

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