Have you checked out my post on what you need to take to Glastonbury Festival? Well, now we’re going to talk Glastonbury packing tips. As in…
- What bag to take to Glastonbury.
- How much to take to Glastonbury.
- How you can make the best use of space in it.
- How to stay organised in your tent.
- What to pack for the day.
- Items to take that can double up.
- How to pack your food and drink.
- What to leave at the tent and what to take with you.
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Glastonbury Packing Tips
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What bag to take to Glastonbury
Put some serious thought into what bag you want to use for Glastonbury as you’re going to carry that bag a long way, over what can be difficult terrain. Depending on the weather you might be able to drag / push it, but I’d advise taking one you can put on your back. However, if you’re not used to carrying 20kg on your back, that’s going to hurt.
You need to be prepared for the fact that you’re going to have to stand around to get your wristband, especially this year. There’ll be increased security which could mean more time in the queue – depending on what time you arrive, and which gate.
You need to be able to comfortably hold everything you’re taking in, for an indefinite amount of time. Could be hours. When I went in 2012 we were in the queue for 3 hours, meaning that we had to keep putting the bags on the floor. Cue, mud ruined. Be prepared for that when you’re thinking about how you want to pack.
My Glastonbury bag of choice is the Osprey Meridien, thanks to the fact I used it around the world for over a year so I know it’s good. And that it opens from the front rather than the top. This helps immensely when it comes to trying to stay tidy and organised. The other reason I’m choosing to take this bag is because you can either have it as a wheely, or as a backpack. Meaning I’ve got the best of both worlds. Weirdly that Amazon listing doesn’t show off that functionality, but you can unzip the back to get the straps out.
I will make sure to fit everything in here, or strapped onto here, with a spare arm to help carry the tent.
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How much to take to Glastonbury
Take as little as possible, but make sure you have all weathers covered. Lugging around your stuff while you find somewhere to camp might seem like a nightmare while you’re doing it, but it’ll totally be worth packing those extra socks when it comes to sleeping.
Check out the full list of everything I’d recommend you take to Glastonbury here.
How to make the most of your bag space
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I’d strongly recommend having some sort of method to packing your bag for Glastonbury Festival. Use packing cubes, or at least different bags. For most of us space is tight in the tent and so you need to stay tidy, especially if you’re sharing with someone. Having some sort of bag or packing system will also help you to keep dirty stuff away from the clean.
Strap your roll mat and sleeping bag to your bag on the outside. Make sure they’re covered in case it rains.
Items that can double up
I don’t use a pillow in bed so taking one to Glastonbury isn’t essential for me. But, of course, I don’t want my face to sweat the night away against the foam roll mat. I’ll just use a hoody for a pillow and be fine.
Take a sarong in place of a towel. Towels are heavy, wet and cumbersome, even if you have one of those travel ones. I’d definitely recommend swapping it out for a sarong – more malleable and can be used as a picnic blanket, a cover, a pillow, for warmth or for privacy as you need.
Plastic bags are always a good thing to pack. You can use them to sit on, for rubbish, to organise your backpack and for protecting your food / drink or anything you don’t want to mix in.
How to stay organised in your tent
Before you leave your tent for the day lay out the things you’ll need at night. Line up your toothbrush, toothpaste, a bottle of water, PJs, cleanser, moisturiser – all that good stuff.
Hang a torch on the inside from the top of the tent, and make sure that everyone knows they’re not allowed to move it. Brilliant when you come back from your big night out and can actually see what you’re doing.
Have toilet roll in an easy access place. If you’re busting you don’t want to be faffing around in the tent trying to find it.
Before you leave your tent for the first time, make sure you know how to get back to it. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in talking to friends, or looking around, that you don’t pay attention to your route. If, for one of the billion reasons it could happen, you end up by yourself later, you don’t want to not be able to find your way back.
What to pack for the day
Think carefully about what to have in your day pack. Take items like long sleeved tops and hats to keep warm, ponchos for the rain and maybe a cereal bar or two so you don’t get hangry while you wait for your friends to do whatever the hell it is they’re doing this time.
How to pack your food and drink
You’re allowed food and drink for personal consumption so don’t worry about trying to hide it when you come in.
Keep your food in a separate bag and double bag it. Keeps the sun, rain, and critters off it. If you have the urge and strength to take a cool box, go for it, I don’t.
You will need to decant any booze into a plastic bottle before you enter the grounds, as glass isn’t allowed.
Just make sure it’s all tidied away before you leave your tent, and that whatever you’re putting the food in it’s not touching the sides of the tent. Otherwise, pure sogginess.
What to pack back at the tent
Leaving stuff in the tent might be a worry, but I know a lot of people who’ve been to festivals and can honestly say I don’t know any of them who’s had anything stolen from their tent. Glastonbury is a cool festival, chilled and happy. You shouldn’t need to worry.
Personally I won’t be leaving anything of any value in my tent. Nothing I’m not prepared to lose. I’ll be taking my phone, camera and purse, but everything else can stay. When I sleep I’ll simply put them all in the sleeping bag with me.
What can you buy there?
You can buy almost everything you could possibly need there. There’s a farm shop for eggs, bread and milk. There are camping shops with sleeping bags, air beds, tents and wellies. And there are boutiquey shops full of things for your hair, face and body. You can even buy clothes, she wees and of course, loads of booze. What more do you need.
Don’t worry too much about packing – just take a look at my list of what you should take to Glastonbury, and make it your own.
The best thing to bring is the best attitude possible, and everything else will fall into place.
And your ticket, of course.
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