Not long now until Latitude Festival, but what to take hey?
What you pack for Latitude Festival will definitely have an effect how good your festival experience is, especially if it’s your first time at Latitude. Your kit list for Latitude Festival is everything.
Current weather for Suffolk looks like anything from 20-26 degrees and possible rain, so you need to be prepared for all. You may be tempted to take as little as possible but if your outfit gets caked in mud on the first day its nice to have something fresh to wear the next day, and something clean to come home in too.
I’m also on a strict budget when I’m there so I don’t want to have to buy warmth, rainproofing or sun shields either. I’ll just pack it all before.
So, here’s everything you need for camping at Latitude Festival this year.
Your Latitude ticket – there’s absolutely no way you’ll be allowed into Latitude without your festival ticket. This needs to be the absolute number one on your list of Latitude essentials. Also, ID.
Money and bank card – if you feel ok bringing all the money you need for Latitude in one go, do that. It’ll save you time and money at the ATM. I prefer to just take £100 and then my bank card too – that way I can keep an eye on my budget.
Tent that’s big enough – as I’ve got older I’ve realised the value of having a decent sized tent. When I was younger I’d go for one like the above, but now I have a four man with a pod in the middle. It just helps to keep things organised.
My tent is bigger than this Coleman one, but it has the same black out technology. Honestly, it’s SO good. I wouldn’t go back to a normal tent. Really helps you to sleep better, and keeps you cool if you want a nap in the day too.
Last time I looked it was reduced to less than half the price.
Good sleeping bag – this cosy Mummy one is great value at only £9.99 and 4/5 stars from 75 people on Amazon. If rain is forecast on your way into Latitude Festival then make sure to cover it in plastic. A wet sleeping bag is not fun, trust me.
Boxes of wine – boxes and bags of wine are the cheapest and lightest way to get your wine into the campsite. Saves hundreds! And yes, it’s definitely an essential for your Latitude kit list.
If you’re camping at Latitude you can take alcohol in, but you’re not allowed to take it into the main arena.
Read more on The Best Alcohol for Festivals
Essentially you could get by on the above for Latitude, if you really had to. But that’s no fun. Here are a few more things creeping up into the ‘essentials for Latitude’ list.
Latitude festival packing list
Summer clothes – as a mid July festival the weather could be doing anything at Latitude, so you need to be prepared. Right now it’s looking pretty sunny so get those summer clothes packed. Shorts, tshirts, strappy tops – pack something new for every day as you can get pretty dirty.
Rain clothes – Latitude is absolutely one of my most favourite festivals, which is amazing considering how bad the weather was last time I went. It was absolutely pouring it down on the Sunday. Make sure you have a poncho in case of desperate weather conditions. Also, a few different pairs of trousers, or at least leggings.
And winter clothes – you need to have nice, cosy jumpers for the evening and night. Latitude goes on until late and you don’t want to be the party pooper who goes home cold, do you? Tights and leggings are a great day to night warm up – so add those to your Latitude festival checklist!
Comfy wellies – it’s a festival, you need some wellies! Get a cool design like these Joules Molly Welly Mid-Calf Boots to really stand out – there are a few designs to choose from.
If wellies aren’t really your thing, or it’s too hot. Try hiking boots. There are loads of great priced hiking boots on Amazon to choose from and I find them a bit easier to walk around in, and to carry.
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Toothbrush and toothpaste – brushing your teeth is one of the easiest and quickest ways to stay fresh at a festival. Make sure to pack some of the good stuff for Latitude.
Enamel mug – enamel mugs are great for festivals. You can use them to help clean your teeth, to drink out of, and to eat cereal and soup of too. Take a look at the many, many enamel mug designs they have on Amazon.
Sun cream – standing out in the June sun every day can give you a red face. Pack a little tube of sun cream and take it round with you.
Toilet roll – occasionally you’ll find a toilet roll where it’s meant to be, by the toilet. But to make sure of it, carry your own around with you. If you don’t want to carry a big roll around then these little packets of tissues are great.
Baby wipes – too many reasons, but you definitely need some baby wipes. Great for the toilet, for cleaning your tent, yourself, your face, and just to have around. Try and find the biodegradable ones, if you can.
Hand sanitiser – festivals = grime. This sanitiser is a spray too so you can give the toilets a quick going over before you park your bum. And it’s not as gloopy as some of the others. Please take hand sanitiser. I kind of blame my lack of sanitiser for my getting ill at Glastonbury 2017. So many germs everywhere.
Driving license – most festivals are Challenge 21, so it’s best to carry your driving licence if you look young. Don’t your baby face get in the way of you and your cider!
As long as you have the above on your Latitude Festival kit list, you’re pretty much sorted for a good time.
But of course, there’s always more…
Not so essential festival packing
Lilo or blow up bed – this this single blow up mattress is less than a tenner from Amazon. I can guarantee it’ll be worth every penny, especially if it rains and the ground is cold and wet. I’d recommend taking a blanket to put on top, and then a bedsheet over that too.
Lots of socks and knickers – take more than you need, as whether it’s too hot or too cold, you’ll feel amazing for being able to put fresh ones on whenever you go back to the tent.
Groundsheet – this 6 x 4ft groundsheet from Amazon is just £2.49. Groundsheets are actually a great thing to pack in your day pack for Latitude as you can sit on them around the festival.
Trolley – trollies can really help you in getting your stuff into the festival, which can always be a challenge. Just buy some bungees and strap it all on. If there’s a queue to get into Latitude you’ll be well happy with this.
Spare carrier bags – to keep all your rubbish in order, and to separate filthy clothes from not so filthy during the fest. Also, good for sitting on if the ground is a bit wet.
Torch – believe me, you need to check out those toilet seats before you get your skin anywhere near them. Try and get a head torch for Latitude, perfect for in the tent when you’re rooting around, or just rooting.
It’s less than £3 too!
If you’ve got the space in your backpack
Hat – whatever the weather, hats are always good.
Flip flops – great for late night / early morning runs to the bathroom, but I wouldn’t really recommend walking round the festival in them – you need ankle support!
Reusable plastic cups – can help for alcohol consumption at the tent, and plastic reduction around the site. These pop up beer cups are a great idea and easy to carry around.
Things you might need at Latitude
Make up – just another way to feel semi-normal at a festival, make up can really freshen you up. It’s the same at every festival, so check out my Glastonbury beauty tips for more tips on what beauty items to take.
Face cleaning stuff – get that Micellar water packed to get the dust and grime off, and don’t forget the cotton wool pads either.
A variety of sunglasses – oh you can’t beat a pair of fun festival sunnies to cover up your sins at Latitude, can you? Pack a few to change your look up.
Solar powered shower – last time I went, the queues for the Latitude showers were the worst I’ve ever seen at a festival. They might be better now, but still, you could group together and buy this one for less than a tenner.
Glitter – a festival must have in my eyes. It’s so much cheaper to take your own glitter to glitter up, and quicker and easier too.
Make sure to stick to the biodegradable types of glitter though. Better for the planet and all that.
Moisturiser – shine those pasty legs up – they’ll go through a lot in the possible harsh weather conditions you’ll be in the middle of.
Lip balm – my lips always go dry at festivals – I think it’s being outside so much, and a bit of sunburn too. Pack a good lip balm to keep your lips moist.
Vitamins – I like those dissolvable ones that make water taste like orange juice. Anything you can do to get more vitamins at festivals is a great idea.
Paracetamol – obviously. Be ready for those mornings after.
Pillow – in the old days I used a rolled up hoody, but now I take a proper pillow to ensure the best chance at getting a good sleep as possible. You could go somewhere in between and try an inflatable camping pillow, but I don’t think they’re the most comfortable.
Portable phone charger – way better to buy this now than have to queue at the big chargers at a festival and waste time waiting to pick it up again. I always take a few of these to festivals, running out of charge is the worst.
Shitty phone – when I went to Glastonbury in 2011 I bought a little £10 phone as I was so worried about losing my phone. I didn’t, which was great. But I did lose it at Glasto 2019, and I’m still not over it.
Ear plugs (20 Pairs for £3.26!) and an eye mask – can help you to sleep better, and we all know how important that is, right?
Check out 11 Top Tips for Sleeping at Festivals
A specially bagged clean set of clothes to go home in – they will feel amazing. So fresh and so clean.
As long as you have the Latitude essentials and a great attitude to mud, people and exhaustion, you are literally going to have the best week of your life!
Packing list for Latitude Festival, in short
Bags of wine / booze
Comfy wellies / hiking boots
Toothbrush and paste
Lilo or blow up bed
Spare carrier bags
Reusable plastic cups
Face cleaning stuff
Solar powered shower
Have I forgotten anything?