15 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 if you can work out how to sneak alcohol into festivals, successfully, you stand to save A LOT. 

This post is here to help. 

I want to show you how to hide alcohol to help you bring the costs of festivals, cruises and events down. If you learn how to smuggle alcohol without detection, it’s a lesson to learn for life, and you stand to save many pounds!

– All this advice also works for sneaking alcohol on a cruise too!

Glitter at Festival No6
Me looking pretty happy about smuggling alcohol in to Festival No 6!

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. They charge an absolute fortune for a glass of wine, making getting drunk at these things, way too expensive. Sneaking alcohol into festivals like these becomes a necessity.

How to Sneak Drink into Festivals and Concerts

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

READ MORE: My Advice on the Best Alcohol for Festivals

Desperate to get alcohol into festivals…

1. Lotion bottle

How to sneak alcohol into festivals

If you want to hide alcohol, simply empty a tube or bottle of lotion 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.

You could just adapt your own sunscreen bottle, or buy these specially-created-for-smuggling bottles from Amazon. This is one of the best ways to hide alcohol when you’re trying to get the booze into the festival. 

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.


This is how to sneak alcohol into a festival on the cheap, and you get to eat some tasty Pringles too.

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TOP TIP: All these tips and tricks for smuggling alcohol into festivals can totally be used to sneak alcohol into a concert and to sneak booze into a club.

All you need to do is keep that alcohol hidden and discrete.

I’m a festival blogger

I’ve been to 49 different festivals in 19 countries, I know what I’m talking about when it comes to getting alcohol into festivals!

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.

How to get alcohol into festivals

Or buy these Boobie Bags where you don’t even need to bother binning the box, they come ready bagged and waiting to be filled with a helpful straw for sucking. Simply stuff in your bra or down your pants and your guaranteed to smuggle your alcohol in.

How to Sneak Alcohol on a Cruise

All these tips will work to sneak alcohol on a cruise too. Ditch the glass and put the alcohol in cruise drink bags, or tightened tetra packs, and you’ll get past the security easily.

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Is that really water? Or has she smuggled alcohol on her cruise?

Sneaking alcohol on a cruise is easy when you have secret flasks, alcoholic capri suns and cruise alcohol bags. Most cruises charge an absolute fortune for alcohol packages, so sneaking the booze in, is the best way to get around it.

Don’t pay over the odds for alcohol when you can just smuggle it in! 

Just let me know in the comments below if you need any more help or advice when it comes to getting alcohol onto cruises. 

4. Mini bottles in the welliesSneak alcohol into festivalssmuggling alcohol into festivals

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 so either buy some miniatures, or be cheap and make your own with these 50ml bottles from Amazon.

Then, when you’re out of sight, you can enjoy your stash of alcohol to your heart’s consent. See, this is how you sneak alcohol!

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. Sometimes just being totally casual and blatant is the best way to hide alcohol at festivals.

More desperate to sneak booze into festivals…

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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, can’t find them in the UK), you’re laughin’.

Buy me one if you do.

TOP TIP: Try to smuggle more alcohol into the festival / concert / club / cruise than you need. Get your friends involved. That way you don’t put all your eggs in one basket and at least one of you will get it in, if not all.

The price of alcohol on the outside is way cheaper than the inside, so invest! Even if it gets taken off you, it won’t break the bank. But if you get it through – woo!

7. CamelbakSneaking alcohol into festivals

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.

Or you could go for something a little smaller and cheaper like this 2L Hiking Hydration Bladder Bag, at £6.99. 

Looks like it’s got some pretty good reviews and would be easier to hide under your clothes.

I reckon you’d need to not fill it to the top so it could feel a bit more like a fat belly, rather than an overloaded bag, but could be a goer.

8. 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…

TOP TIP: Whether you want to sneak alcohol into Coachella, smuggle booze into Sziget or get a few drinks into Bestival, I really hope this post helps you have the best festival experience ever!

Let me know how you get on!

cool hip flask

9. Novelty-shaped hip flasks
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. So many trixty ways to get your alcohol into the festival!

Secret hip flasks. Sneaky!

10. 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 Christmas list… 

TOP TIP: If you get told off trying to conceal the alcohol, and get it in, just go with it. Let them be annoyed and give it up. There is no way you want to risk your ticket for the sake of a few drinks!

You might just have a few alcohol issues…

11. 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.

12. 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 to get your alcohol stash out.

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13. In your tampons?!

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

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!

TOP TIP: Getting alcohol into festivals really isn’t that hard. You just need to act confident, keep it concealed and get out of the way when you’ve got it through!

Don’t go whipping it out before you’re safe!

14. Lads? In the Lynx

New for 2018 are these Lynx shaped deodorant bottles, perfect for ensuring you have boozey supplies as the night goes on. They’ll make for a great summer time present for your friend!

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15. All in the wrist

And then, another new one for 2018, the rose gold bangle. Simply fill with booze and when you’re ready you can access it easily as it’s already on your wrist.

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16. Bonus alcohol sneaking tip 

And I don’t want to get too dark here, but if you have a baby, their nappies are wonderful places for a cheeky little miniature. I’m sure when they’re older they’ll be proud to say they helped you sneak drink into the fest!

More ways to sneak alcohol into festivals…

This is a good idea to sneak alcohol into a festival, in fact, I wanna try it at the next one!

Quick alcohol smuggling Q and A 

How do you sneak alcohol into events? 

Try all the suggestions above, but also…. 

– Hide it in your hair 

– Be confident 

– Casually walk in with it in your hand 

– Drink vodka from a water bottle as you go in 

– Just get drunk before you go


How can I hide alcohol in my bag? 

Cut yourself a little hole in the bottom of the bag and then insert alcohol bags in, but make sure the material of your bag is thick, or they’ll be able to squidge it. Try those tampon alcohol smugglers I mention above too. No one’s going to want to investigate those!


Can you bring alcohol on a cruise? 

No. Thats why I have all the 15 suggestions above – enjoy!


Have you got any more tips for smuggling alcohol into festivals?

Let us know in the comments box below…

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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?!

    1. Ha, not sure about a whole melon, but if anyone can get a melon through security it’s you 🙂

  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…

    1. Hello Niall, would love to, but I have no more annual leave days from work! I’ll spread the word though 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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 🙂

    1. 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 🙂

  6. 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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  8. 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 😉

    1. 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 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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 🙂

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. In Oz we often sneak bottles of booze in to events in a loaf of bread.
    Inside a watermelon was another way but people cottoned onto that (and they’re dangerous throwing implements, supposedly)

    1. Ha, they don’t think it’s weird you want a whole load of bread? The trouble is, in England they’ve started to not let food in either. So annoying. Yeah, a watermelon would be pretty tough to take!

  19. Any word on false bottomed coolers? I want to sneak beer into an even that allows coolers but not alcohol. I was thinking of one that has a low false bottom and holds 12 or so beers. Is there anything like that?

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  22. The most ingenius one I’ve heard of sofar (and will try next month) is carving out a big loaf of italian bread. insert bottle of wine. bag it over. hehee..now if security notices it’s heavy, you just say “it’s the REAL Italian bread.”

    1. Ha, brilliant idea! Let me know how you get on with that. I’m planning on trying a few more of these this summer. 🙂

  23. Saw Manson/Pumpkins tonight. A combination of the above worked! 3 beers in a big italian loaf of bread. https://scontent-atl1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t34.0-12/11733518_10155725691195705_1979682949_n.jpg
    For wine, I put half a bottle of Cabernet into a pomegranate Vitamin Water Bottle, but then threw in extra orange and mango Vitwater bottles to blend it in. Threw in the sandwiches..then naughty me got 2 tubes of pringles, filled each with 2 beers with pringles ontop. glued/resealed. Got it all through check..but my friends and I almost puked out when we ate the pringles because I sealed them with shoeglue. lol, but it worked. I’d be careful with italian loaf of bread thing, its a heavy loaf..so you must leverage it in a bag by throwing in bottles of water, sandwiches, other stuff to explain the “extra weight” of your bag, and then they may not notice. Other tip, pick the right line. Some bag checkers are more “on it” than others, and you can easily tell by how they deal with people. Look at their faces. If they smile at attenders, those are the lines you want, not the asshole types.

    1. Amazing, thanks for the advice Warner B! Love that you resealed the Pringles. I managed to sneak a bottle of rum into Bilbao BBK Live this weekend by confidently walking up to the bag checkers and letting them look in my carrier bag I was holding, which just had a sleeping bag for a friend in it, and then storming on so he didn’t look in my rucksack. Just gotta act confident!

  24. Buy a case of soda, remove all of the soda cans except for the ones that appear in the handle holes, and replace them with cans of beer. Glue the flaps back shut, so it looks unopened .

  25. In Canada many festivals allow you to bring whatever you want to the campsite (including a car) so there are minimal space/weight issues. They only restrict what you can bring into the festival grounds which may be a 1 or 2 km walk. The standard rules are that you can bring in an EMPTY bottle for water but no other fluids. What we usually do is use those soft plastic collapsable water bottles that you normally use for canoing or hiking. You put in 4 oz of hard liquor and push all the air out so it looks empty. Then fill it with tap water which most decent festivals provide for free.
    That gives you a bit of juice to keep you going between refueling stops at the campsite. Not very classy but it works.

    1. Ah that’s pretty good. I really want to go to Osheaga – is that the same? Loving the festival hacks here!

      1. I’ve never been to Osheaga (or any outdoor festival in Québec for that matter).
        It’s next week… now you have me thinking.
        Darn sold out “non-transferable” tickets put an end to that dream quickly.
        The liquor laws are very different province to province so I wouldn’t know what to expect.
        My experience is just in Ontario and New York State (where they take security seriously).
        You seem extremely resourceful and I am sure you could figure it out. Vivre le rève, Thanks for the tips.

  26. Every year for a tech festival I bury some booze under a tree and then uncover it during the event. If you know the venue well enough and enough people to cover you while you dig you’re golden

  27. Water bottles don’t work anymore 🙁 I steamed off the caps and refilled water bottles with vodka for my Sasquatch trip, but they shake the bottles now and know from the bubbles whether or not it’s alcohol. They tossed 22 ounces of my rather expensive vodka,don’t let yours go to waste!

    1. Ah noooo! Trouble is, I guess they can read this article too. They’re getting craftier. We must win the fight!

  28. Swedish people are one step ahead of everybody. This brand package their vodka in sachets ^^ so we don’t have to be creative. @DervanaVodka.

  29. I’ve always taken a big bottle of a spirit and rolled it up in my sleeping bag. Once your sleeping bag is in its bag and at the bottom of the rucksack, nobody will know. I’ve never had my sleeping bag taken out of its case or my rucksack as a whole to check it so it’s always worked.

  30. Brilliant article I’ve tried a good few the Pringles we got away with for ages and bottom of handbags, but no food allowed now, I heard of guys burying alcohol on the site on previous weeks … this time I hid 3 food bags tripled up and filled with my spirit under my boobs worked a treat but bags weren’t really waterproof they leaked into each other so not ideal .. but I’ll perfect this for one in a few weeks ??

    1. Oh wow, sounds like you’ve really got into it! So many ways to sneak it in. I’m off to Glastonbury in a few weeks and one of the best things about Glasto is that you don’t have to sneak alcohol in at all. As long as it’s not in a glass bottle you can bring it in :).

  31. Hi, what a brilliant post!
    I would love some more ideas for cruises please!
    I’m going on a 5 day trip on the Queen Mary 2 with all of the female members of my family and Cunard allow only 1 bottle of wine per person and that they will X-ray our bags and us It is only a short trip so I don’t need masses, but my favourite cousin and I would like a g&t or 2 on our balcony before dinner (to numb us to the experience of eating with the rest of the family), without paying 20€ a time! I was thinking that a small hydration pouch down my knickers would probably be easiest as it would pass the X-ray and I am unlikely to be frisked, but if you have any other genius ideas I would love to hear them. I’ve got huge boobs so bra bags are out unfortunately (unless I wear a kaftan).
    Some questions on the ideas above…
    How much alcohol can you inject into an orange? How do you get alcohol into a Capri Sun without it leaking back out? How can you get it into a sealed tetra pack? That would be awesome for bloody Mary’s in a V8 pack!
    You should try some festivals in France and Portugal…awesome line-ups, good weather, and the drinks are super cheap. This weekend I was paying 1€50 for a large rosé (sometimes very large when nice bar staff filled to the top of the goblet!), but that was a smallish festival, bigger ones are usually 2€50 for a beer or wine. If you do come then keep an eye out for someone wearing even more glitter than you…that will be me!
    Off to read the rest of your posts now…thanks!

    1. Loving your questions Emma. Hmmmm difficult. I feel your pain. I think you’re bang on with the hydration pouch. If you’re gonna smuggle one you might as well smuggle three, right? One on each bum cheek? One down the front?

      It would depend on the size of the orange, and how juicy it already is. You need to just keep injecting until it’s full. Drip feed the drink into the Capri Sun, slowly, and then carefully replace the lid. I feel like this is quite an obvious one so not sure if it’ll work on a cruise.

      I’ve not been to a festival in France or Portugal yet – got that to look forward to. You sound like a lot of fun – I really hope you enjoy your cruise. And let me know if you manage to smuggle it on! You could also put hydration packs in your suitcase. They won’t go through them. Just don’t take glass or anything bottle shaped!

  32. Camo caps!!! or other re-sealable water caps! check Amazon!
    hubby and i have been using camo caps for YEARS for concerts, football games, etc etc – NEVER once have they failed us.

    …. you’re welcome.

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