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.

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.

Glastonbury advice

The essentials

  • Your ticket.
  • Money and card.
  • Light and nifty tent – try this 2-3 person tent from The Lazy Camper for just £15.
  • Camera – so you can try and remember what you don’t.
  • Cosy sleeping bag – this cosy Mummy one is great value at only £9.50 and 4/5 stars from 75 people. I’ll be getting this one for Bilbao BBK Live Festival in July.
  • Bags of wine – cheapest and lightest way to get your fix in. Saves hundreds.

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  • Toothbrush and paste – one of the very few ways to stay fresh.
  • Sun cream.
  • Lots of socks.
  • Rain mac that fits in your bag – these ones are only 75p each from Amazon. Stick em in your bag!

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  • Toilet roll – possibly the most essential item, after your ticket.
  • Baby wipes – too many reasons, but you definitely need these.
  • 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. Only £1.20 from Amazon.

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  • Driving license – if you’re one of those young looking people, or you actually are just young!

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As long as you have the above, you’re pretty much sorted for a good time.

But of course, there’s always more…

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Not so essential

  • 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.
  • Groundsheet – another perfect Poundland purchase to keep you dry. Or get this 6 x 4ft one from Amazon.
  • Beer trolley – could be the best £12.99 you ever spend. They have loads of designs, and you can always give it to your nan afterwards.
  • Add leggings to your clothes list – perfect for freezing weathers and for when the sun threatens to pop out. You can always tuck them away in your bag. Primark is full of them.
  • Spare carrier bags – to keep all your rubbish in order, and to separate filthy clothes from not so filthy during the fest.
  • 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.

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Would be nice

  • 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 wellie boot dungeon.
  • Onesie – perfect for getting into the spirit of things, and for warmth.

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  • Compact mirror to keep in your handbag – 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 £2.04 or here’s the most basic for just 59p, comes in loads of colours.
  • 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.

Just posing now

  • Make up – you’ll probably sack it off after a while, but check out my Glastonbury beauty tips anyway.
  • A variety of sunglasses.
  • Solar powered shower – I paid a fortune to use one at a stall, see My First Time at Glastonbury, when you could just group together and get this for £9.
  • Glitter – a festival must have in my eyes, but I know I’ll get abuse if I put it higher
  • Cooking stove – yes, we made filtered coffee when I was there. Deelish.
  • Kettle for coffee – see above.
  • Moisturiser.
  • Lip balm – you will be weak and broken by the end and my lips always go dry when this happens.
  • Vitamins.
  • Paracetamol.

You can get a lot of this stuff from Poundland.

  • Pillow – a rolled up hoody can have the same effect but depends how much you value your sleep.
  • Swimsuit – for showers?
  • Portable phone charger – way better to buy this now for less than a tenner than have to queue at the big chargers at a festival and waste time waiting to pick it up again. 
  • Shitty phone to avoid losing your iPhone.
  • Spare camera battery.
  • String for a washing line.
  • Tights for extra warmth that’s simple to carry around.
  • Ear plugs (20 Pairs for £2.69!) and an eye mask – Glastonbury can get the better of even the wildest of party animals.

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  • A hat – perfect for posing and for cold nights.
  • A specially bagged clean set of clothes to go home in – they will feel amazing.

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

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