Welcome to our Ultimate Festival Survival Guide! Festival season is upon us and despite it being a Glastonbury rest year, there are still loads of other festivals to choose from! It’s the BBC Biggest Weekender this weekend, the Isle of Wight Festival next month, and Wireless Festival in July to name but a few. With this is mind, I thought it would be fun to gather together all the top tips I could (everyone was super generous sharing their tips – thank you all!) and compile this blog – The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide!
Ponchos and kimonos are brilliant for pairing with dresses, shorts or jeans and great for when it gets chilly at night. Or vintage fur coats are great to cosy up in – and seem to be a firm favourite with the guys.
Tina Badley, Tina Badley Copy and Concepts
Boho Boots are great for dealing with all the walking, mud and rain and are still easy to wear if the weather dries up! Kathryn King, Kathryn King Designs
How about waterproof, washable jewellery? My award-winning collection would be fab for festivals! Gorgeous colours and heat resistant too for those balmy days! Sarah Cooke, Halia Rose
Obviously, wellies are perfect if it’s wet – or my kids just wear their favourite trainers and bring them home plastered in mud for mum to wash! Buy cheap wellies and bejazzle them with stick on gems or Day-Glo paint.
Tina Badley, Tina Badley Copy and Concepts
Festival shades – the crazier the better. Primark is the perfect place to find some perfect versions – think flamingos, palm trees, rainbows and unicorns. But don’t expect to bring them home as they’re likely to get lost in the mosh pit. Tina Badley, Tina Badley Copy and Concepts
Wrap bracelets are a great way to jazz up your outfit – they wearable, durable and go with everything – leave them on all festival and forget about them! Kathryn King, Kathryn King Designs
The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide to… Food/Drink
Take a vacuum insulated hot/cold flask with you so you can have your morning coffee and keep your water cool for the rest of the day while being mindful of the environment! Also, fab for alcohol Just ask for free ice at the bars. Lynn Angeles, Events by Amende
Obviously, there’s always great food at a festival, but when you’re on a budget, we always pack:
Kellogg’s mini cereal boxes – pour in the milk and eat them straight out the box
Malt loaf – perfect for midnight munchies or hangover breakfasts
A fold up mirror (can’t find a link for this but apparently one of my daughter’s mates had a brill mirror that was small to pack but then folded out to give a full-length mirror to check out your outfit! Or sideways so three people could do their festival makeup at once! Tina Badley, Tina Badley Copy and Concepts
Glitter is a must – for men and women – and you can now get biodegradable versions that are kind to the environment. Check out beard glitter too! Tina Badley, Tina Badley Copy and Concepts
The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide to… Camping
A flag or something colourful to go on the top of your tent so you can find it easily! Sally Bunkham, Mum’s Back
Black bags to put all your muddy stuff in (or sit on if it’s wet or even re-purpose into wet-weather gear). Tina Badley, Tina Badley Copy and Concepts
The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide to… Kids
If going with kids get a festival trolley – well worth it for not just little legs and naps when needed but also for carrying all the gumpfff needed for them! But don’t go for the cheapest (as we did first time and wheel fell off on way to tent!) go for ones with stronger wheels! Helen Nurse, Wonder Adventures
Also get ear defenders for the kids, even if not planning to go close the stages they are well worth it. Helen Nurse, Wonder Adventures
If going to a family festival that has big family areas and lots of scheduled activities go through the schedule when you arrive and check what activities need pre-booking and book as soon as you can- the popular ones will book up quickly so worth getting in early for the most popular kids activities! Helen Nurse, Wonder Adventures
The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide to… Everything Else!
Power add packs are amazing for battery life on your phone! Sally Bunkham, Mum’s Back
You’ll need a large waterproof bag to keep wet clothes separate from dry when it’s raining non-stop!
Lynn Angeles, Events by Amende
To go as a volunteer? I went to Reading festival as a student with Oxfam. It means you get to go for free, have a MUCH nicer campsite (the toilets are sanitary and smaller queues for showers etc) and you only had to work two or three shifts over the weekend, so you still get to see a lot of the event, as well as obviously making money for Oxfam which is a bonus. Hannah Otto, Janet Murray
Stay safe – check out all the safety instructions for your festival and have a great time, but stay safe 😊
Kathryn King, Kathryn King Designs
And there you have it – our top tips in the Ultimate Festival Survival Guide!
Are you going to any festivals this summer? Let us know – we’d love to hear about it. And if you have any great tips to add, please let me know – I’d love to add them 😊 Have fun at your festivals this year!
Thanks to all our contributors – this was a really fun list to compile.
Special thanks to Tina from Tina Badley Copywriting and Concepts and her friends and family who really rose to this challenge and came up with loads of amazing tips!