How to pack for a successful Festival or Camping trip
Off on a camping trip or festival weekend?
This guide will help you make the most of limited space and also provide a check list of essentials.
Forgetting the smallest thing can change your experience entirely!
Space is everything as you will have to carry what ever you want to take!, Bags can get heavy very quickly and there is always a substantial walk between the car park and the camping site at all festivals. Camping trips also require smart packing as you need to be able to keep everything dry and close at hand. If you want a more restful experience then you can just pull all your luggage on a festival trolley. Most festivals hire these out a premium, you then have to walk it all the way back to where you hired it from so buy one before you go and keep it!
Try and make sure each item you take has at least one use or function. For example, take a Swiss army knife or multi tool rather than a bag full of utensils. A poncho can fit in a tiny space and acts as a rain coat as well as something to sit on rather than a bulky picnic rug and a rain coat.
Keep small items grouped together in Tupperware boxes or tins so they are easy to find and remain dry.
Being able to stay warm and dry is very important. English Summers are less than reliable and once you are wet or cold its very difficult to warm up. Taking layers is better than one big coat or jumper and having a good tent and sleeping bag will protect you at night when the temperature always drops even on very hot days. If you are using an older tent make sure you check it first! you really don’t want to find out its gone mouldy or has a hole missing once you get to your destination!
On the flip side, we do occasionally get super sunny days so having sun cream is very important as you will be outside for long periods of time. Sunglasses are a must as well as a sun hat.
Stay clean!! Shower facilities can be limited so take a little wash kit including wet wipes and plenty of clean under wear! Also the toilet facilities can be rather grim so your wet wipes will come in handy here too as hand soap and hand gel go fast, as well as loo roll so keep tissues in your pocket and carry a torch at night – its dark in those loos!
Roll your clothes up to save space and keep creases to a minimum. Wellie boots and bulky items can be worn or tied to the outside of a good back pack.
Check the rules! Most festivals and now some campsites don’t allow glass or loud music systems or fire pits so don’t waste your energy by lugging this sort of thing as you may just have to dump it after all!
Be ware! Unfortunately camp sites can be prone to thieves so keep your valuable items to a minimum, don’t take that fancy watch or those expensive earrings. Keep your money and tickets on you at all times. Use a zip seal bag to keep paper money dry and even keep your phone in one.
Tent and sleeping bag – again, check them first for holes and mould!
Poncho, wellies, plenty of socks and clean under wear! You will be surprised how important your feet are at these things – look after them or you will run out of dance moves pretty quickly!
Tissues and wet wipes, basic wash kit. Toilet tissue is extremely precious. Loo rolls are no good as they are too bulky and if it gets dropped on the muddy floor its useless so use packets of tissues.
Multi tool – you will need one that is a tin opener, bottle opener and knife as a minimum. Even if your beans have a ring pull and you don’t plan to take bottles – be prepared! Ring pulls can snap off and not having something sharp to open a packet with can be the most frustrating thing when you are in the middle of a field! Having a basic multi tool will come in very useful and also make you everyone’s new best friend!
Torch a lighter and or matches. When its dark – its dark! a little torch goes a long way and camp fires need lighting so good matches or a long reach lighter are a must.
Sun protection, sun hat, sun glasses – the lobster look is a bad look and heat stroke can have you out of action for days.
Water bottle /container – everywhere has drinking water available so keep topped up.
Food! – take items that can be stored at ambient temperatures like tins and food bars. Even if you plan to eat at catering vans or at the local pub you will want to have some food for emergencies and to keep costs down. Avoid perishables unless stored in a sealed cooler box or you will quickly find your self surrounded by the local wild life and nasty whiffs and if you consume food that hasn’t been stored correctly you will be using those port a loos far more frequently than you would like!
Other things to remember are spare batteries or power banks, any medication you need, a first aid kit, money, tickets and a sense of adventure!
Of course, here at KitinaTin we have this stuff covered and its not by coincidence either. All of our products have been carefully considered for all the reasons listed above and to make sure that you can have the best time possible.
We will continue to add to our shop exactly what you need at great prices with design, size and quality in mind, always.