Festival Camping Checklist

Our festival camping checklist gives you a list of the more important items to remember in addition to your usual camping gear.

A few things to bear in mind:

  • There can be thieves about at festivals – make sure you don’t take anything too valuable
  • You may need to carry your gear for quite a distance from your car to your camping spot. Pack accordingly.
  • With thousands of tents at some festivals you can easily lose yours. Take a tall flag or other landmark so you can find your way back.
  • Cleanliness is not such an issue at most festivals, and there are many where there are no showers. Be prepared to be dirty.
  • Food – You may well choose to just eat at the various food stalls on the site. But even if that is your intention, take drinks, and snacks for the morning and munchies for the evening.

With those things in mind, here’s our ultimate festival camping checklist.

Festival Camping Checklist

Packing

Bedding

Backpack / Main bag Sleeping bag
Bags – Tent bag, plastic bags, etc. Pillow (or pillowcase)
Day pack / small rucksack Air mattress/sleeping mat
Air pump (if necessary)

Shelter

Tent

Cooking / Cleaning

Ground cloth/tarp Water Carrier
Extra tent pegs Stove and fuel / BBQs
Mallet Dust pan/brush
Mug, Bowl, Plate

Lighting – Check batteries!

Knife, fork, spoon, teaspoon
Hand torch Frying pan
Head torch Pans with lids
Spare batteries Food containers
Lantern Cooking oil
Lighter (as in cigarette) Sharp knife
Matches (preferably water proof) Cook utensils-spatula,  spoon
Caribina (to hang lantern up) Tongs
Can opener/bottle opener

Clothes

Paper towels
Shoes/boots/wellies Rubbish bags
Trousers Washing up liquid
Shorts Cutting board
T-shirts Ziplock bags
Socks/extra socks Dish Cloth and tea towel
Sun Hat/Wooly hat/scarf/gloves Seasoning
Sweatshirt/jacket/fleece Tea / Coffee / sugar / milk
Underwear Drinks
Sleep clothes Food *
Waterproof coat/poncho/trousers
Party clothes
Flip Flops

Cleaning and Personal Items

Miscellaneous

Toilet Paper (essential) TICKETS
Soap / shower gel Maps/directions
Flannel Swiss army knife / multitool
Shampoo / dry shampoo Radio
Toothpaste and toothbrush Camp chairs
Comb/hair brush/clips/bands Sunglasses
Make-up bag (if necessary) Duct Tape
Razor and shaving cream (if necessary) Binoculars
Towel Camera
Deoderant Rope/string/clothes line
Notepad/pen

Medical

Phone/charger/extra battery
First Aid Kit Money/ID/credit card/change
Insect Repellent Small sewing kit
Suntan Lotion / chapstick Scissors
Pocket Tissues Umbrella
Anti Bacterial lotion / wipes Watch
Painkillers Flag / landmark
Heartburn tablets Glow sticks
Imodium MP3 Player/radio/speakers
Contraception Hand warmers
Book
Walkie talkies

* What food to take depends on how long you’re going for and where you are staying. We can’t cover every option in this list.
Image by: Stew Dean

If you think we’ve missed something important off our Festival Camping Checklist please contact us using our contact page.

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