Glastonbury gets closer, packing is planned

When I camp I like to imagine I'm a survivalist. A minimalist campier that travels with only the bare essentials...and bunting...and solar powered fairy lights ...and a stove or a storm kettle, and an inflatable bed and and ...

and that's the problem. I'm not a minimalist camper. I am an electricity free camper, I don't have a heater or a TV or a Wii (you know who you are! :-)), I don't have a carpet or an electric pump for the mattress but I do take a lot of stuff. I packed most of it into two big storage boxes and they are quick and easy to bung in the car and go, but festivals...well Camp Bestival is big but it's civilised and has plenty of space and time for unloading, pitching etc. From what I've seen online of Glastonbury it's more cramped (despite being HUGE) and distances won't lend themselves to several treks with a large trolley, and some of the other festivals I hope to go to will be the same. So I need a minimalistic packing list for festival camping.

Here goes

  • Tent (obviously)
  • Foam bed mats - will this be enough? should I bung in the inflatable just in case?
  • Sleeping bags, extra bedding
  • Clothes - Lots and some black bin liners to store bags in (keeps everything dry in the event of the inevitable monsoon), Slankets
  • fancy dress outfits
  • waterproof coats, wellies, crocs (in your FACE trendy people!)
  • Wet wipes, toilet roll, shit box, hand cleanser
  • Toiletries, tooth brushes, hair brush, contact lenses, glasses etc
  • torches, glow sticks
  • Penknife (includes bottle opener)
  • Suncream (stop giggling at the back!)
  • Flag pole and windsock...and then...bunting? solar fairy lights?
  • Camping chairs
  • Booze
hmmmm this is tricky, it seems all I've missed out are the stove, kettle, plates etc and food!

What do you think? Am I over packing? Under packing?

Yes, that's DD and our Trolley at Wilderness in 2012 :-)
Amended to add a link to the official Glastonbury Website where there is a helpful list.

I'm also adding
Facepaint, and a mirror :-)


  1. Take as little clothing as you can. If you run out there's loads of stuff to buy. Light snacks - nuts, pringles etc, are always good as food can get expensive. You can get free loo roll on site. You wont need a bottle opener as glass bottles are banned, it should be plastic only. And Earplugs, dont forget the earplugs. Apart from that you're sorted.

    1. Ah yes ear plus, and sleep mask, oh and our shewees!

  2. Anonymous10/6/13

    First of all, congrats for being so organised!
    Unfortunately you have WAY over packed. The journey in to Glastonbury is a ridiculous mission. Worth it but defo worth packing light as there is no way you want to make more than 1 trip.
    Gone are the days of me hurling myself over the fence with nothing but a fur coat, bottle of vodka and deely boppers and I am now lucky enough to have a camper but I remember the mission up the 'hill of death' to the car.
    Ditch the non essentials (there will be so many flags in the field just camp near one you will recognize at 4am), forget the chairs (they will just go missing and the floor is good),leave the waterproofs, wellies and spare clothes in the car (just incase). Hairbrush? Your joking right?
    If you only take one piece of advice from the 20 years I've been going - REMEMBER WHERE YOU PARK THE CAR!!!!!!!!! (sounds simple but we have lost ours more times that I can remember)

    HAVE FUN!!!

    (I have just bought an amazing carboot bargain of a blue ballgown, say hello if you spot me!)

    1. My daughter has waist length hair, if I don't brush it for 5 days I'll have to shave her head! On the glastonbury forums women are discussing which razors to take to shave their legs!!! I think we'll be ok, the hills at camp bestival will have been good practice :)

    2. Oh and I'll be dressed as a queen bee :)

  3. Anonymous11/6/13

    Will look out for you Queen Bee!
    (Camp Bestival can not possible prepare you! Maybe you will be lucky and get parked near a gate, will keep my fingers crossed for you

  4. I dont think you've over done it - I way over pack! Kitchen sink included!

  5. I try to compact everything, but just end up taking a heavier bag! definitely panty liners and baby wipes, plus weatherproof everything. have fun! http://williamspromakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/music-festival-makeup-essentials-beauty.html


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