What Do I Need to Take To Glastonbury?

I’ve had a few people across the internet and in real life ask me what they need to take to Glastonbury. Backpack space is tight for festivals and your kit list for Glastonbury needs to be precise and carefully thought about.

Trust me, if you make the same Glasto mistake I did  and arrive at peak time, all those ‘essentials’ you decided to bring won’t seem so essential any more.

What to take to Glastonbury

In theory, the easiest thing to do is to make the decision now that you’re just going to wear the same thing all week, but if you’re like me and don’t really see that as an option, check out my Glastonbury packing tips below.

– Updated April 2019 – 

What to bring to Glastonbury

I’ve gone into depth here, but if you just want a straightforward Glastonbury checklist, scroll to the end. 


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Glastonbury advice


Glastonbury essentials

Your ticket – there is absolutely no way you’ll be allowed in to Glastonbury without your photo imprinted ticket. This needs to be the absolute number one on your list of Glastonbury essentials. Also, ID. 

Money and bank card – if you feel happy enough bringing all the money you need for Glastonbury in in one, go ahead. I prefer to work in hundreds and just bring my bank card too. There are ATMs all over the site and unlike other festivals, you don’t have to queue ages for one at Glastonbury.

Glastonbury tent

Light and nifty tent – try this light pop up tent from Amazon. Every year there’ll be a reminder to not bring too big a tent, but you need a decent one for the bad weather.

There are tents for sale at Glastonbury, if you don’t want to carry one, or if you have a problem with yours but I’d say a good, strong tent should be pretty high on your Glastonbury list. Make sure you choose one with a good amount of positive reviews on Amazon.

Things to bring to Glastonbury

Cosy sleeping bagthis cosy Mummy one is great value at only £9.99 and 4/5 stars from 75 people on Amazon. If it’s going to rain on your way in to Glastonbury then make sure to cover it in plastic so you know you have somewhere nice and dry to retreat at the end of the day. 

Bags of wine – they’re the cheapest and lightest way to get your fix in. Saves hundreds. And yes, it’s definitely a Glastonbury essential.


Read more on The Best Alcohol for Festivals


Essentially you could get by on the above for Glastonbury, if you really had to. But that’s no fun. Here are a few more things creeping up into the ‘essentials for Glastonbury’ list. 

Glastonbury festival packing list

Summer clothes – check out my cheap festival fashion tips for help. I’ve been at Glastonbury when it’s been absolutely scorching, and also, rain. Lots and lots of rain. Although, it’s never been cold (touchwood). Not in the day anyway. Make sure to pack some shorts and dresses to deal with the heat. 

And winter clothes – you need to have nice, cosy jumpers for the evening and night. Glastonbury is a 24-hour festival 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 that to your festival checklist girls! 

Cool wellies for glastonbury

Comfy wellies – it’s Glasto, 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.

Or, if you want to really look like you’re at Glasto, you’re going to need some Hunter wellies to properly fit in. 

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. 

More on the Best Footwear for Glastonbury

Toothbrush and paste – one of the very few ways to stay fresh, and the easiest. There is a kind of ‘corner shop’ at Glastonbury, so you can pick up a few essentials, but it’s always best to take them with you, and bring home again. 

festivals enamel mug

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. Definitely stick one of them on your Glastonbury packing list. 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. 

Rain mac that fits in your bag – these ones start at just £1.99 each from Amazon. Stick em in your bag! Or, take a better quality one that will also keep you warm. I love my yellow one. Lovely pic of it keeping me warm in the rain at Victorious Festival last year. 

Rain coat for festivals

More on the Best Ponchos for Glastonbury

More essentials for Glasto

Toilet roll – possibly the most essential item, after your ticket. You will need to carry your own toilet roll at Glastonbury. Occasionally you’ll be lucky and find some in there but no one wants to take that risk. 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. 

Packing list for Glastonbury

Hand sanitiser – Glastonbury = grime – This one 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. 

More on How to Stay Fresh at Glastonbury and Avoid Those Festival Toilets

Driving license – if you’re one of those young looking people, or you actually are just young then you will be challenged. Don’t your baby face get in the way of you and your cider! 

As long as you have the above on your Glastonbury kit list, you’re pretty much sorted for a good time. But of course, there’s always more…

Glastonbury packing list

Not so essential Glasto packing list

Lilo or blow up bed – got mine from Poundland last year but you could be prepared with this this single blow up mattress for less than a tenner from Amazon. I can guarantee it will be worth every penny, especially if it rains and the ground is cold and wet.

Glastonbury kit list

Lots of socks – back in Glastonbury 2011 it rained, and rained, a lot. Every time we came back to the tent it was so nice to be able to put on a new and fresh pair of socks. I felt like a new woman. 

Groundsheet – another perfect Poundland purchase to keep you dry. Or get this 6 x 4ft one from Amazon for juts £2.49. Groundsheets are actually a great thing to pack in your day pack for Glastonbury as you can sit on them around the festival. 

Beer trolley – a beer trolley could be the best money you ever spend. They have loads of designs on Amazon, and you can always give it to your nan afterwards.

These can really help you in getting your stuff into the festival, which can always be a challenge. I am definitely getting one of these this year. 

packing list for glastonbury

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 Glastonbury, perfect for in the tent when you’re rooting around, or just rooting. It’s less than £3 too!


Packing list for festivals


Even less festival essentials kit

Walkie talkies – excellent for communication when you have no reception or battery.

Hat – to cover your skanky hair, for warmth, and to protect from the sun.

Flip flops – instant regret at not taking these in 2011. The sun came out and there was no way to release my feet from their welly boot dungeon. Also great for late night / early morning runs to the bathroom. 

Onesie – perfect for getting into the spirit of things, and for warmth.

Check out The Best Festival Onesies

Compact mirror – great for checking for boogers or spots without having to spend a second longer in the skanky Portaloo than you have to. Here’s a a pretty one for £2.59 or here’s the most basic little mirror for just £2.40. Also, essential festival packing for all the glitter you’re going to apply. 

Reusable plastic cups – can help for alcohol consumption at the tent. These pop up beer cups are also a good idea, so you’re ready at a moment’s notice, and don’t damage the environment. This year Glastonbury are doing a metal cup so you don’t need to use so much plastic. A great idea IMO. 

Things you might need at Glastonbury

Make up – you’ll probably sack it off after a while, but check out my Glastonbury beauty tips anyway.

Face cleaning stuff – get that Micellar water packed to get the dust and grime off!

A variety of sunglasses – sunglasses cover all kinds of sins so make sure you pack a few different looks to shield your eyes and face from the sun. 

Solar powered shower – I paid a fortune to use one a shower at a stall, see My First Time at Glastonbury. Which seems very silly when you could just group together and get this for £6.53.

kit list for festivals

Glitter – a festival must have in my eyes. There are glitter fairies doing all sorts of creations around Glastonbury but you will pay quite a bit for it. Best to just take your own glitter and enjoy using it as much as possible.

Make sure to stick to the biodegradable types of glitter though as glitter off of 170,000 people in the grounds and streams of a farm are not good for the animals. 

essentials for festivalsCooking stove – yes, we made filtered coffee when I was there the first year. Deelish. Admittedly we sacked it off for year two, as we didn’t want to carry it from the car. But I will be well back on board the camping stove idea for this, my third year at Glastonbury.

I’ve found this neat little number that I think I’ll be able to carry easily from the car. Can’t wait to try it out. 

kit list for festivals

 

Moisturiser – shine those pasty legs up for the sun!

Lip balm – you’ll be weak and broken by the end and my lips always go dry when this happens. Make sure to pack a good lip balm to keep your lips moist. 

Vitamins – I like those disposable ones that make water taste like orange juice. I’d definitely recommend packing vitamins for Glastonbury. It’s a long week and your immune system will be attacked. Stay strong! 

Paracetamol – obviously. 

glasto kit list

Pillow – a rolled up hoody can have the same effect but depends how much you value your sleep. I’ve done that in the past, and tried camping pillows too, but this year I’ll be taking a proper pillow to ensure the best chance at getting a good sleep as possible. 

Bed sheet – getting fancy now but this is definitely something I’ll be taking to Glastonbury this year. I don’t like touching the inflatable bed with my skin, because it’s either hot or cold. I like to bring an elasticated bed sheet to put on top, and maybe, even a blanket in between too. That bed can get cold!  

Essentials for Glastonbury

Swimsuit – for showers? I’ve never done this, but might help you to stay clean at Glastonbury. I haven’t actually used the Glastonbury showers but by all accounts they’re high up on a hill somewhere. Last year I did wash my hair in a basin which made me feel about a million times better. That was joyful. 

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 will actually be taking a few of these, because I love them. And I love my phone. 

Charger for glastonbury

Shitty phone – when I went in 2011 I bought a little £10 phone as I was so worried about losing my phone. I didn’t, which was great. So the next year I chanced it and now I’m all grown up and think I’ll be ok. Do look after your phone though, there are so many opportunities to lose your phone and not many to find it again. 

String for a washing line – can help if the weather is unpredictable and you need to wash your wet things from the day before in the sun. 

Ear plugs (20 Pairs for £3.26!) and an eye mask – Glastonbury can get the better of even the wildest of party animals.

Check out 11 Top Tips for Sleeping at Festivals

Camping chairs – if you can be bothered to carry these around, camping chairs will make you a lot comfier at Glastonbury. Or, you can take them and just leave at the campsite. Definitely one of the more luxurious items on your Glastonbury kit list.

what to pack for glastonbury

A specially bagged clean set of clothes to go home in – they will feel amazing. So fresh and so clean. 

What to pack for Glastonbury

The shops at Glastonbury sell pretty much anything you could ever want. Even if you forget your tent you can buy it there – they’re all geared up for providing the essentials at top price rates – don’t you worry.

What to take to Glastonbury

As long as you have the Glasto essentials and a great attitude to mud, people and exhaustion, you are literally going to have the best week of your life!

Glastonbury what to take, in short

Money

Bank card

Tent

Sleeping bag

Bags of wine / booze

Summer clothes

Winter clothes

Comfy wellies / hiking boots

Toothbrush and paste

Enamel mug

Sun cream

Rain mac

Toilet roll

Baby wipes

Hand sanitiser

Driving license

Lilo or blow up bed

Socks

Groundsheet

Beer trolley

Spare carrier bags

Torch

Walkie talkies

Hat

Flip flops

Onesie

Compact mirror

Reusable plastic cups

Make up

Face cleaning stuff

Sunglasses

Solar powered shower

Glitter

Cooking stove

Moisturiser

Lip balm

Vitamins

Paracetamol

Pillow

Bed sheet / blanket

Swimsuit

Portable phone charger

Shitty phone

String

Ear plugs and eye mask

Camping chairs

Separate bag of clothes to go home in

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22 Comments

  1. by Arianwen on April 22, 2013  7:21 pm Reply

    Great list Vic! If I ever get round to going, I'll check back to this post!

    • by Vicky on April 22, 2013  7:59 pm Reply

      Cheers Ari. I'm going in 2014 – see you there!

  2. by Ciaran on May 20, 2013  1:49 am Reply

    Cracking list! :)

  3. by Siang on May 21, 2013  1:04 pm Reply

    Question: How big was your bag? People in forums are talking about bringing trolleys and that sounds like you'll have to be bringing loads of things.

    • by Vicky on May 22, 2013  8:02 pm Reply

      Hiya, you can bring as much as you like. I had a rucksack, a pull along trolley full of booze and a big bag with the tent and my onesie in. It's up to you whether you travel light or just bring everything :).

      • by Siang on June 11, 2013  4:02 pm Reply

        Thanks! Think I'm going to be travelling light this time. Can't wait!

  4. by Rory on June 11, 2013  5:53 pm Reply

    We took a trolley to Reading last year and it was such a lifesaver for all our food (those treks to the car park are long!!!). We got a granny one from wilko or something for a tenner!

  5. by Dee on June 13, 2013  1:06 pm Reply

    Great list - it's great to hear other people's experiences. Take a look at mine too (@FestVolRes): http://festivalvolunteerresearch.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/my-festival-tips-please-rt/

    or
    http://festivalvolunteerresearch.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/festival-tips-part-ii-please-rt-festvolres/

  6. by Andrea on June 17, 2013  9:16 am Reply

    Great list, but just to point out that they've said they won't allow alcohol on wheels this year. They've said if you can't carry it yourself they won't let it in.

    • by Vicky on June 17, 2013  12:04 pm Reply

      Hi Andrea,

      Micheal Eavis actually responded to the rumours with this message on Facebook saying that you can: https://www.facebook.com/glastonburyofficial/posts/10151401454075964

      Thanks for flagging that up though :)

  7. by Williamspromakeup on June 18, 2013  8:05 am Reply

    This is the most thorough packing list I have seen! I whittled down the beauty essentials here:

    http://williamspromakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/music-festival-makeup-essentials-beauty.html

    but seriously the list you have put together covers everything! Personally I love a big yellow raincoat for the occasion, but then again, I am Australian and can't handle the cold and wet very well!

  8. by vanessa stewart on June 22, 2013  10:18 am Reply

    H i just reading your stuff bout Glastonbury as i am going again and it has been helpful as i am sure lots of people are reading it. But just wanted to let you know that this year you are not aloud to bring booze on trolleys only what u can carry. But i guess you could put your stuff on the trolley ad the booze in a backpack.
    Hope this helps.

  9. by Jen on June 25, 2013  2:50 pm Reply

    I'm totally overwhelmed by all your Glastonbury posts... loads of fab advice but now I fear I am running out of time and have done it all wrong. Eek. Can't wait but wish me luck :)

  10. by Taylor on April 20, 2014  8:16 am Reply

    Great list! I am going Glastonbury 2014 :D

    • by Vicky on April 29, 2014  9:34 pm Reply

      Ooo jealous - have fun! I sacrificed Glasto this year to go to Coachella. Had an amazing time!

  11. by positivagirl on May 30, 2014  5:51 am Reply

    Great post!! And so true. I have been going for decades and the biggest difficulty that I have is choosing what to pack. Usually I drive so this wasn't a problem. This year it's the coach so that means sacrificing beer space for clothes :) (well there are bars).

    Great tip is to freeze a bag of wine in the freezer put it in cool bag before you go, it stays cold for a while.

    I can't do the wearing same thing every day either.

  12. by Nedine on June 18, 2015  7:32 pm Reply

    Not sure if this has been said. A small lip balm pot with vix vapour rub in. A little dab on your top lip before entering the ((((shudder)))) porta loo saves your delicate sense of smell :)

    • by Vicky on June 21, 2015  8:50 pm Reply

      Ooo good tip! Thanks Nedine :)

  13. by Jen on May 3, 2017  3:34 pm Reply

    Thanks for this list, so useful. This year will be my first time at Glastonbury and I feel a bit less stressed now haha.

    Do you have any advice on what to wear? Jeans seem impractical but I can't think of suitable warm alternatives!

    • by Vicky on May 6, 2017  10:27 pm Reply

      Hi Jen, thanks for reading. Glad you found it useful. I have loads more packing advice for Glastonbury on the way. I have a ticket this year so we can all get ready and excited together! I'll let you know when the posts go live. Not long now!

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  15. by Kathy on January 22, 2018  7:48 am Reply

    Thanks for the useful list. That nice for my adventure

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