Are you heading to a festival this year? Even if you’re a seasoned professional in the festival circuit, there’s bound to be some things that you forget to pack every year. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the key items that will allow everything to run smoothly.

Clothing for all weathers

Wherever you are, weather can be temperamental so make sure you’ve packed enough clothing to cover any eventuality. The nights can be cooler too, so bring a hoody or a jumper that you can easily put over your outfit if you feel a chill. If it’s forecast for sunny weather, don’t forget sunglasses and a sun hat to protect yourself from getting burnt.

A portable phone charger

This is an item that’s become an absolute must on everyone’s festival packing lists. Some festivals will have charging tents for your devices but this can be a hassle, take time and cost money so why not invest in your own portable phone charger that will provide you with a few full charges over the course of the weekend. You’ll be able to keep your Instagram up to date after all!

A torch

Instead of hunting around for something in your tent in the middle of the night, pack a small torch. This will also save you from using your phone as a light, conserving precious phone battery.

Duct tape

So you’ve carried all of your camping essentials to the festival only to find out that there’s a tear in the tent canvas or your air bed. No worries, just pack some duct tape and it can be fixed easily.

A canopy tent  

Canopy tents are great for festivals because they give you an area to hang out on the campsite that isn’t where you sleep. These tents vary in size and are therefore great for groups of friends who want to set up their own space on the campsite. In our opinion, the best canopy tent is a pop-up canopy tent that can be assembled in no time at all.

Earplugs and an eye mask

You’re probably going to need at least some sleep during the festival and no matter where on the site you’ve pitched your tent; it’s not going to be silent. We’re yet to find a tent that’s completely soundproof, either, so to combat this make sure to pack some earplugs. An eye mask is a good idea too if you want to avoid waking up with the sun.


Over the course of the festival, you’ll be spending a lot of time walking around and exerting energy so pack some snacks to keep you going. Nuts and cereal bars are always a good idea as they are slow-burning and will help you avoid energy dips so you can dance the night away.

There’s only one thing that’s worse than a lot of mud at a festival, and that’s forgetting something important. So, have you added all of this to your checklist?