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MY PERSONAL (GIRLY GIRLS) CHECK LIST FOR FESTIVAL PACKING - HOPE IT HELPS SOME OF YOU GUYS TOO
Festivals in general
Member Name: cogiebear
Festivals in general
Date: 05/07/13, updated on 05/07/13 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Loads of info on stuff you may need and a few of my top tips
Disadvantages: Info overload haha
****I asked the DooYoo team where to post my "top tips for festival packing" guide and they advised me to post it here, I have given it 5 stars as it is my list so obviously I find it really useful to ME but I know not everyone will so no offensive if you want to comment and give it your own star rating haha ****
*Make sure you have your tickets!!
*Take a bank card with you but maybe keep one in the car too (or if that is parked far away have one on you and make an arrangement to share cash with a friend should you lose your card), there are bank machines at most festivals now but the ques can be really big!
*Try not to have all your money on one place on you, pick pockets are still a threat even at a friendly festival
*If you are taking a bag or back pack in to the arena, be mindful of how easy people can get in it. If you have a back pack on use one with 2 zips so you can use a combination locking padlock to secure it shut. Use a combination lock on this as it means you can open it without having to have an extra key on you and sticky fingers can't get in. Once locked pull them round to the side, not top as that's harder to slide open if anyone has a sneaky go
*Buy a water proof pouch ( I got mine in semi chem - discount chemist - for less than £2) keep your camera/phone in it in your bag as rain can get though if the weather is back and water damage can be costly as well as losing all your festival photos
*If you can - leave any valuable jewellery behind, even wedding rings, once you are soaked, sticky, muddy it is too easy to lose things
Tent (checked and aired out the week before)
Pillow (Blow up or an old one from the house)
Blanket (good for extra layer but also handy to wrap round you when sitting at the camp site)
A small burner/stove and kettle ( I make my pots of porridge and hot water bottle with this, mines is smoke free cubes that burn, not gas, check rules of the campsite)
Bin bags (keeps your wee area tidy and can be used if any bags burst etc)
Twine (handy for using if bags rip, anything needs secured)
Small hot water bottle (not essential but if you feel the cold like me, it is ideal to get you through the night, filled using my little kettle on my camp stove)
Kitchen roll (I like to wipe down the insides of the tent each morning with this to reduce the condensation that builds up overnight, handy for other stuff too)
Plastic cup to drink out of
1ltr-ish size empty bottle (easier to transport if empty) so you can fill it with water to drink in the tent at morning/night, it's easy to get dehydrated and if you only have a plastic cup..... expect spillages.
Pots of porridge that just take water to make (I don't like breakfast rolls so this starts my day off good)
And anything else you think you might fancy. remember the venuw and most campsites will have hot rolls and fast food but the ques can be long and the prices will be high
Toiletries and other bits:
Shampoo/conditioner/hair brush (if you are able to use the showers, if not can be washed using big bottle of water poured over your head)
Kirby grips/bobbles if you need them
Razor (ladies don't like to have hairy armpits, you'd be amazed how many stubbly armpits you see when arms are aloft though! Yuk! Taking a razor means you can have a quick removal of stubble each morning)
Ear plugs (essential)
Paracetamol/Ibuprofen/Imodium/heartburn tablets (may seem over kill but don't think you can buy these at many festival venues, certainly not ones I have been to)
Plasters (a big box and have a few in your bag/pocket for during the day, Welly blisters are a killer!)
Packs of tissues (most toilets have loo roll but a pack of tissues on you will save you)
Bacterial hand gel (try and take a half used one as even if a whole group of people using it ALL weekend, my bottle only went down about an inch so don't carry more than you need to)
A mirror big enough to see your whole face in, so you can do your hair or make up. If you just have a compact mirror its really fiddly
A small pair of scissors (really handy)
Nail file (raggy nails happen lots when camping haha)
Towels (if using the showers take a couple of small old towels that can get flung in a bag or get left behind)
Make up (pack only what you need to use and don't mind loosing/getting muddy)
Travel size suncream - you never know!
Clothing: (have more than one coat/shoes so if you get soaked or sore feet you can swap over)
Pack a mac
Umbrella (essential for trips to the toilet from tent at campsite if raining)
Hat/scarf/gloves (it gets soooo cold at night in the arena if you are standing about waiting on a band so even on a sunny day I have these in my bag)
All outfits you think you will wear - try and balance this between having outfits approriate to the weather and not taking more than you need as it all has to be carried on your back!
Your outfits - When you pack your bag set out each days clothing (pants, socks, top etc) and wrap each days clothes in a carrier bag, squish down so all air out then tie up. This makes is smaller and easier to pack and if your bag gets wet or you are taking your stuff to the shower block you just pick your carrier bag up and go and it stays dry too. You can also use same bag to put dirty clothes in that night, tie up and pop away so no mess in tent from mud etc
Way home - For the car on the way home, make sure and leave a big bottle of water, dry socks/hoodie and something to eat. If you get stuck in traffic you want something warm to wear and something to eat and drink.
Padlocks - For the padlocks for your tent, you will likely have 2 to use as most tents have zips on 2 sides. Top tip on this is, split the keys, each lock usually comes with 2 keys. So split them so that on your key ring you have one of each and so does someone else you are with. Otherwise if one person loses all you are stuck, whereas if each person has one key each they can get in tent without you and also if you lose yours they still have a spare set. If you buy a set that comes with 2 locks they are usually same colour so identify what ones work for what lock with a spot of dif coloured nail polish on each lock and a spot on the corresponding key. So no faffing trying wrong key.
Meeting point - Set up a meeting point once you get in the arena. Phone signal is terrible in such crowded places, so if anyone gets lost make sure they know where to meet up. Pick something easily identifiable, like for example "the big wheel", but make sure and say something like "the big wheel facing the main stage" etc as each place is big so even if you get there it may be ages before you find the person. So set up a point and decide what direction to be facing.
Thats my girly top tips for festivals. I like to make sure and be safe and warm and once I know thats taken care of I can finally let my hair down!!!!
Happy (safe and warm) festival season everyone :-)
Summary: Hope this is helpful to anyone going to a festival this year