Not long now until the long awaited Camp Bestival! If you’re camping, here’s everything you need to take to ensure you have the best time ever, with no dramas
Your kit list for Camp Bestival needs to be carefully considered. You don’t want to be carrying loads to get in past those inevitable queues, but then you don’t want to have too little that you end up leaving that all important item at home, oh so far away, either.
From my one previous experiences, and a wealth of other festival experience, here’s everything you need to take to Camp Bestival this year.
What to take to Camp Bestival
The weather forecast for Camp Bestival is looking pretty good, so remember that when you’re packing for Camp Bestival, but, also remember, this is England and things can change very quickly! 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.
There will be stalls to buy your Camp Bestival Festival camping equipment while you’re there – but you’ll pay a premium for this, of course. Best to pack everything you need for Camp Bestival before you go to make your life easier – here’s your list.
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Camp Bestival essentials
Your Camp Bestival festival ticket – no getting in without your ticket, trust me. Put this up at number one on your list of festival essentials. Also, ID.
Money and bank card – if you feel ok bringing all the money you need for Camp Bestival 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 watch my budget.
Tent that’s big enough – as I’ve got older I’ve realised how good it is to have a bigger tent. I’ve totally done my time in the smaller ones, like the above. Now I have a four man with a pod in the middle. It just helps to keep things organised. And means I have somewhere to go to the toilet, to avoid going to the actual festival toilets.
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.
Check the latest prices on Amazon.
Last time I looked it was reduced to less than half the price.
Good sleeping bag – this cosy Mummy sleeping bag is excellent value at just £24.99. It also has 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. This will be absolutely fine in this amazing summer we’re having in England.
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 Camp Bestival kit list.
If you’re camping at Camp Bestival Festival you can take alcohol in, but you’re not allowed to take it into the main arena.
Face mask – you NEED a good supply of face masks for Camp Bestival Festival 2021.
Read more on The Best Alcohol for Festivals
Camp Bestival Festival packing list
Summer clothes – as an August bank holiday festival the weather could be doing anything at Camp Bestival, 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.
Rainproof clothes – Make sure you have a festival 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. Camp Bestival goes on all night and you don’t want to be the boring one who goes home early and cold, do you? Tights and leggings are a great day to night warm up that you can easily carry around in your bag – so add those to your Camp Bestival 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.
Toothbrush and toothpaste – brushing your teeth is the easiest way to stay fresh at a festival.
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 – even if it’s not that sunny, if you’re outside all day in the August bank holiday fresh air, it can get very hot and red. Pack a little tube of sun cream and take it round with you.
Toilet roll – Camp Bestival is one of the worst festivals for making sure there’s toilet roll in the portaloos. To stay on the safe side, 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 – 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.
More on How to Stay Fresh at Glastonbury and Avoid Those Festival Toilets
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 drinks!
As long as you have the above on your Camp Bestival Festival kit list, you’re pretty much sorted for a good time.
But of course, there’s always more…
Not so essential festival packing for Camp Bestival
Blow up bed – 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. More comfort equals more sleep, remember that.
Lots of socks and knickers – take more underwear than you actually need for the days you’re there. 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 Camp Bestival as you can sit on them around the festival and they’re super light to carry.
Trolley – I had a trolley for the first time at Glastonbury this year. It was amazing. Trollies really help in getting stuff in and out of the festival. Just buy some bungees and strap it all on. If there’s a queue to get into Camp Bestival you’ll be well happy with this as it makes things so much easier.
Spare carrier bags – great for keeping all the 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 and you didn’t want to buy the groundsheet.
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 Camp Bestival Festival, 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 – great for helping to cope with any potential sunstroke.
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!
Compact mirror – you need one of these to help you apply your glitter, and to check your face in the morning. Here’s a nice one bee decorated one or you could buy the most basic little mirror for just £2.40.
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. There’s a big push for festivals to be more eco-friendly, so let’s try and help them as much as we can.
Things you might need at Camp Bestival
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. This stuff is blummin brilliant, and a great price too.
A variety of sunglasses – oh you can’t beat a pair of fun festival sunnies to cover up your sins at Camp Bestival Festival, can you? Pack a few to change your look up.
Solar powered shower – you could group together with your mates and buy this shower for less than a tenner.
Glitter – make sure to stick to the biodegradable types of glitter – gotta help the fishies.
Moisturiser – keep your knees and elbows shiny, right?
Lip balm – my lips always go so dry at festivals. Pack a good lip balm to keep your lips moist and to protect against sunburn.
Vitamins – I like those dissolvable ones that make water taste like orange juice.
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. Just grab one off your bed with an old pillow case.
Portable phone charger – 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. AND NEVER WILL BE.
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
Camping chairs – camping chairs like this are definitely more of a luxury item, but I do love having the option of a chair at festivals. So good at the tent, and in the afternoon at Camp Bestival too.
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 Camp Bestival essentials and a great attitude to mud, people and exhaustion, you are literally going to have the best weekend of your life!
SAFETY FIRST: If you’re taking a stove, make sure you know all about gas safety at festivals. And, it’s always useful to have some knowledge of First Aid too.
Packing list for Camp Bestival Festival, in short
- Bank card
- Sleeping bag
- Bags of wine / booze
- Summer clothes
- Winter clothes
- Comfy wellies / hiking boots
- Toothbrush and paste
- Enamel mug
- Sun cream
- Toilet roll
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitiser
- Driving license
- Lilo or blow up bed
- Beer trolley
- Spare carrier bags
- Flip flops
- Compact mirror
- Reusable plastic cups
- Make up
- Face cleaning stuff
- Solar powered shower
Have I forgotten anything for your Camp Bestival Festival kit list?
VickyFlipFlopTravels » UK Travel Blogger Who Loves Festivals and TravelMy Bestival Experience 2015
Monday 21st of September 2015
[…] been shopping over Bank Holiday Weekend for our outfits and I already knew what to pack for Bestival so that didn’t take long. With just one backpack each we went from Porstmouth Harbour – only 20 […]
Wednesday 9th of September 2015
Im currently living on the Isle Of Wight, is lovely and the sun is out finally!
Have family staying but going to try head over to Besty at some point, have a great time and may bump into you amongst the 50000 others :)
Any geo-tagged images you Tweet or if you use any Isle Of Wight related hashtags my local paper (http://www.IsleOfWightNewsDaily.com) should pull it in as content.
Have a good one !
All Best Dan
Monday 21st of September 2015
Did you make it over Dan? You have fun?
Monday 7th of September 2015
Vicky!!!!!!!!! I am sad you are going to Bestival without me!!!!!!!! Guess what, I was there in 2008 too!!!!! When it rained sooooooooo bad! :)
Have a lovely time!!!!!!
Monday 21st of September 2015
Ah no, we could've hung out! Next year let's co ordinate festivals for fun :)