Over the years I've become pretty accustomed to packing for festivals. It's never something I've particularly enjoyed, and something usually spent being planned with absolute military precision and endless 'last minute' trips to the mega Tesco down the road, in sight of 3-for-2 on hand sanitizers and overly oaty cereal bars.

But alas, the time has come again (a certain Turner and Kane once said) and here I am sat surrounded by all of my worldly good the evening before heading off to the Isle of Wight festival with Hunter wellies and two of my favourite gal pals, going by the names of Jazmine and Rebecca. I'm excited, and for once- I think I have this whole packing malarky sorted. Additionally with Glastonbury on the drizzly and incredibly muddy horizon I thought I'd share some of my top packing tips which have seen me through messy Reading festivals, dry and sun burnt Benicassims and hopefully now Isle Of Wight...
IMG_8539p Disposable cameras and 'retro' phone-
It's a nice idea, taking your iPhone and DSLR to a festival, but it's not sensible. Whether you're sleeping in a tent, jumping about until you sweat to Biffy Clyro or running from field to field in search of the next big thing, it's not worth risking it. Plus, if the '90s are really back then what better way to make a statement than this? Plus, at about £10 (phone) from aforementioned Tesco, you can't go wrong.

A good ol' pair of wellies-
I've tried the Dr Marten thing- really I have. But with the game of 'if I step here, will this be a puddle or steady ground' game played year in and out at festivals- I don't like taking risks. I need something easy on, easy off and up to my knees- and I ain't talking about the mud.
3 Mini 'beauty' Products-
Let's be real here. The only thing you'll really need are obscene amounts of wet wipes and antibacterial hand gel, but, if like I always am (and you're off to Benicassim where the showers are surprisingly refreshing) than it's nice to pack mini shampoos/washing bits to try and keep clean.
1 Oversized hat/Dry shampoo-
Need I even explain? With hair as thin as mine (you'd be surprised) over a period of 4 days, it's left greasy, a little pongy and probably home to a bit of mud (charming, I know). Dry shampoo and a hat are the only ways for me to keep looking relatively ok when it comes to those final dancing days.

Dry foods and secret snacks-
I'm not specifying bananas and butterscotch biscuits (although they won't go amiss), but dry foods are always nice to have handy when curled up in a field- think cereal bars, dried fruit, crisps (cough, Kettle chips, cough) and basically anything that won't look grim if neglected.
IMG_8556p A bright lipstick-
If ever in doubt, and when you have had less than 4 hours sleep- lipstick will always lift you. I've been told how 'much of an effort I've made' before at a festival for just wearing this master of disguise, and since them it rarely leaves my handbag...
4 Not the best clothes you own-
I usually like to pack things I don't mind getting a bit grubby/ruined/dropped/stolen etc- so think last minute trips to Primark, basics that can be replaced, and only a few staple statement pieces (even think about buying some cheap accessories to get 'funky').

A fat fail safe loo roll-
There. Is. Never. Any. Always have some handy.

Something to keep you dry-
It's not an urban myth that it rains at festivals. Although it's nice to think it won't pee it down at a festival, in reality it probably will. I've been to festivals without a hooded item/sensible coat and have always ended up with matted wet hair, and feeling freezing about an hour later- it's not worth it (plus umbrellas aren't crowd pleasers, so go hooded).
2 But don't forget the obvious...
Tent, roll mat (and pillow, dry ground is hard), sleeping bag, tights and leggings for night time (even in August, nights are way colder than one will ever comprehend) and festival tickets. Also! If you can- take a Clash Finder, with big festivals it's hard enough as it is to see the bands you want, but by printing one off beforehand you can save yourself the programme money too ; )

Happy camping folks- you can follow this weekends antics by using the hastag #beaheadliner!

x
Over the years I've become pretty accustomed to packing for festivals. It's never something I've particularly enjoyed, and something usually spent being planned with absolute military precision and endless 'last minute' trips to the mega Tesco down the road, in sight of 3-for-2 on hand sanitizers and overly oaty cereal bars.

But alas, the time has come again (a certain Turner and Kane once said) and here I am sat surrounded by all of my worldly good the evening before heading off to the Isle of Wight festival with Hunter wellies and two of my favourite gal pals, going by the names of Jazmine and Rebecca. I'm excited, and for once- I think I have this whole packing malarky sorted. Additionally with Glastonbury on the drizzly and incredibly muddy horizon I thought I'd share some of my top packing tips which have seen me through messy Reading festivals, dry and sun burnt Benicassims and hopefully now Isle Of Wight...
IMG_8539p Disposable cameras and 'retro' phone-
It's a nice idea, taking your iPhone and DSLR to a festival, but it's not sensible. Whether you're sleeping in a tent, jumping about until you sweat to Biffy Clyro or running from field to field in search of the next big thing, it's not worth risking it. Plus, if the '90s are really back then what better way to make a statement than this? Plus, at about £10 (phone) from aforementioned Tesco, you can't go wrong.

A good ol' pair of wellies-
I've tried the Dr Marten thing- really I have. But with the game of 'if I step here, will this be a puddle or steady ground' game played year in and out at festivals- I don't like taking risks. I need something easy on, easy off and up to my knees- and I ain't talking about the mud.
3 Mini 'beauty' Products-
Let's be real here. The only thing you'll really need are obscene amounts of wet wipes and antibacterial hand gel, but, if like I always am (and you're off to Benicassim where the showers are surprisingly refreshing) than it's nice to pack mini shampoos/washing bits to try and keep clean.
1 Oversized hat/Dry shampoo-
Need I even explain? With hair as thin as mine (you'd be surprised) over a period of 4 days, it's left greasy, a little pongy and probably home to a bit of mud (charming, I know). Dry shampoo and a hat are the only ways for me to keep looking relatively ok when it comes to those final dancing days.

Dry foods and secret snacks-
I'm not specifying bananas and butterscotch biscuits (although they won't go amiss), but dry foods are always nice to have handy when curled up in a field- think cereal bars, dried fruit, crisps (cough, Kettle chips, cough) and basically anything that won't look grim if neglected.
IMG_8556p A bright lipstick-
If ever in doubt, and when you have had less than 4 hours sleep- lipstick will always lift you. I've been told how 'much of an effort I've made' before at a festival for just wearing this master of disguise, and since them it rarely leaves my handbag...
4 Not the best clothes you own-
I usually like to pack things I don't mind getting a bit grubby/ruined/dropped/stolen etc- so think last minute trips to Primark, basics that can be replaced, and only a few staple statement pieces (even think about buying some cheap accessories to get 'funky').

A fat fail safe loo roll-
There. Is. Never. Any. Always have some handy.

Something to keep you dry-
It's not an urban myth that it rains at festivals. Although it's nice to think it won't pee it down at a festival, in reality it probably will. I've been to festivals without a hooded item/sensible coat and have always ended up with matted wet hair, and feeling freezing about an hour later- it's not worth it (plus umbrellas aren't crowd pleasers, so go hooded).
2 But don't forget the obvious...
Tent, roll mat (and pillow, dry ground is hard), sleeping bag, tights and leggings for night time (even in August, nights are way colder than one will ever comprehend) and festival tickets. Also! If you can- take a Clash Finder, with big festivals it's hard enough as it is to see the bands you want, but by printing one off beforehand you can save yourself the programme money too ; )

Happy camping folks- you can follow this weekends antics by using the hastag #beaheadliner!

x

57 comments:

  1. YAAAAAYYYYYYYY for festival season! You lucky nugget getting to go to IoW, hope you have a cracking time! Deffo on for meeting up at Glasto, I'll facebook you over the weekend about it :) I am still on the DM band wagon for festivals though ;) xxx

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  2. oh god i love your hunter boots!

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  3. Your so right about the phone! Old skool phone battery's last so long as well, no waiting in ques for an iPhone charger!

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

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  4. Could not live without a pair of hunter wellies and dry shampoo! Also love bringing plenty of baby wipes too. I love how you have included an old phone too, the battery would probably last longer anyways ha x

    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. loved this post!!!! :)
    there's lots of great things in there!
    xxxx

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  6. Love the colour of your wellies, I hope you have fun this weekend! xxx
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  7. I love this! Such an awesome post Olivia, and your wellies are such a gorgeous colour! xxx


    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Love the colour of your hunters!

    Claudia xxx
    www.claudiakitten.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh my god, I am going to pin this in case of any future music festivals. This is wonderful. I would never have thought of the toilet paper!

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  10. Love the practicality of the toilet roll lovely :) The cut-offs, lilac Hunters and shades will look super fabulous at the festival.

    Elizabeth x

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

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  11. I love packing for festivals!! Always so exiting :)) http://astylemosaic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. I love your Hunters! Can't wait to sort out my festival outfits for this summer!!

    I would love it if you could check out my blog :)
    www.allthatshewants.net

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  13. I've just done a post like this haha! Enjoy IOW, I loved it when I went a few years ago!
    xo

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  14. Haha this was a fun post! I'm going to a festival and usually the weather is great but for this time of the year it has been raining and raining -_- I need some wellies!!

    Valérie ♥ scribblesofvalerie.com

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  15. I've always wanted to go to a Festival! your Hunter wellies are such a cute colour! and Btw these festival tips are fab, they definitely will come in handy if I get a chance to go in the future :D thanks for sharing and enjoy Isle of Wight! xx

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  16. ooooh exciting, hope you have a blast. If you see Orlando from The Maccabees send him my love ;) Old phones don't need to be charged either, smartphones drain sooo quickly x

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  17. I wish I could go to a festival! For some reason I laughed when I saw the toilet roll, haha :) such a great post! xx

    www.zdevania.blogspot.com

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  18. Such a handy post! I'm going to my first festival in August so i'll be packing most of the things you mentioned! x
    graciousghost.blogspot.com

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  19. I love this, such great essentials! I've never had thought of wellies here in aus, it's usually more of a dust bowl, but definitely practical for your adventure, have fun! x

    http://frockled.blogspot.com.au/

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  20. I want to buy a pair of Hunter wellies so badly!! I love festivals, it looks like you have everything needed! Have fun!

    - The Fashionista Tourist

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  21. Love the hunter Wellies
    Exitwonds.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. These tips are spot on!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  23. Your sunglasses are fab - love em! :) This is such a great post...I wish I had a festival to go to!

    http://jemaroons.blogspot.com

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  24. this is such a helpful post! thank you :)

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  25. Love the wellies!
    And dry shampoo is essential for a festival.

    darlingsophie.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I love the lipstick tip, have started doing this more and it really helps! Especially as I have no idea what eye make up to put on most of the time. Think I'll put it on today!

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  27. Loved reading this, great post! At Bestival last year I remembered all the stuff you mentioned except the all important loo roll, disaster! Hopefully will be hitting Bestival again this year x

    Alavish.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. Great post! Really helpful! :)

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  29. This is perfect packing post ever <3 !
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  30. Great post! I love everything from the cat eye sunglasses to the boots and the purse
    Amazing!!

    Beautiful blog:) I just followed you and I'm checking out oolder posts. Amazing!

    If you can, check out http://ladolcemoda7.blogspot.com.ar/

    Francesca

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  31. This is a great list! Festivals are so fun!
    Jennifer
    http://naturewithnurture.blogspot.com

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  32. Have a great time at IoW, I'm very jealous as I tried (and failed) to get tickets! x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. Loved this post! Very helpful for anyone who's a first time festival go-er.

    www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. This is an extremely insightful post! I find festivals to be a little disappointing in England because of the unpredictable weather, I wish I could just go to Coachella! xx

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  35. you make packing look so easy! I've been to a handful of fests before and off to Glastonbury in two weeks. Cue a list as long as my arm.. less is definitely more.

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  36. Favourited this for future festival trips, amazing tips!

    http://what-alice-did.blogspot.co.uk/

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  37. thank you, this has helped me so much, I'm going to my first festival ever this year and I have no idea how to pack haha! xx

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  38. I love how realistic this post is, you see fashion bloggers in these extravagant outfits at festivals and it's like did you really wear that?

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  39. I am SO excited for festival season! xo

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  40. What's the name od festival are u going for :)?

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  41. I doubt I will ever make it to a festival (I am FAR too high maintenance!) but I will be forwarding onto my friends who are heading off to their first festival!

    Maria xxx

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  42. Need some hunters in my life
    http://shradhaloves.blogspot.co.uk/
    S xx

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  43. this post has made me so jealous of everyone heading to festivals this summer, sob sob! completely agree that toilet roll and dry shampoo are absolute essentials! have a great time xo

    www.hifreckles.com

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  44. Great post .. Have fun in the festival ;)
    Love
    Mile
    http://top4addictions.com/

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  45. This is such a great post! I'm going to my first festival in July (Positivus in Latvia, think Two Door Cinema Club, The XX, Tom Odell and so on!) and I would have never thought of any of these things! You might have just saved me from being a huge dirty mess :D
    -P.
    Bowtie Diary

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  46. Just got back from a camping trip and preparing for Glasto anytime now. No matter how much positive thinking there is, those wellies and waterproofs are coming with me!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog

    Xx

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  47. Haha, love it! Especially the lipstick!
    xox
    giedre
    www.walkingdotphotography.com

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  48. LOVE this guide and your purple wellies are just awesome! X

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  49. amazing guide, really love it!

    Not been to a festival for the weekend in a few years, so this was a great reminder of things to bring. xx

    www.getthatlook.org

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  50. Such good advice, especially regarding the disposable cameras, always the best things to take camping! Love your outfit choices for the festival! Also you can never go wrong with a bold lipstick!

    Danielle x

    http://thecocktailcomposition.blogspot.co.uk

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  51. Thank you so much for this! I'm heading to my first festival this summer and I'm completely clueless on what to pack, so this is perfect!

    Dear Disha

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  52. Definitely need to add hand gel - has been a life saver at the last few festivals!

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