Glastonbury Packing List

With Glastonbury Festival less than a month away I’ve been having a think about what I’m going to pack, so here is my list and tips for you.

– Tent

Obviously! Make sure you have a decent tent, it’ll need to be waterproof, the last thing you want to find out when you are in a wet muddy field is that your tent isn’t waterproof.
You also don’t want your tent to be too big and too difficult to put up, unless you get there really early or camp in an unpopular camp site space is going to be limited. Don’t forget it is likely you are going to have to carry it quite a long way, so don’t buy a heavy tent.

– Sleeping bag

Again, obvious. Your sleeping bag needs to be comfy, preferably one that can be packed small.

A festival tip for you, keep you valuables with you all the time, even when you are sleeping. Put them in the bottom of your sleeping bag, that way even if someone does get into your tent they will have to wake you up to take anything.

– A bed

Make sure you remember to bring something to sleep on. Air beds are great because they are cheap but they do go down easily and can be heavy and bulky. This year I’m planning on getting a self inflating camping mat, they aren’t that expensive and you don’t have to worry about spending ages blowing it up only to wake up on a half sunk into the ground. Plus it takes up less room 🙂

– Wellies

Joules Wellies

My cute wellies

They are such a necessity at Glastonbury and any festival these days. My awesome sister got me some super cute Joules wellies for Christmas this year, they are a bit of an upgrade to my Asda ones last year!

You need to remember to not just bring wellies though. The last thing you want is to have to put wellies on when its hot and the sun is shining. I would say to bring some plimsolls and some flip flops too, they don’t take up too much room and they are perfect for when the sun comes out!

– Clothes

Don’t take too much. Seriously, even if you think you haven’t got that much stuff with you will probably only use half of it. Yes take extra socks, you will need them, but 5 pairs of shorts? Trust me even if you do wear them all, you have taken up valuable booze room when you could have done with two pairs max.

My Glastonbury clothing essential are leggings with a shorts/skirts combo, they will keep you warm but you can easily take them off when the sun comes out.

Don’t forget your wet weather gear though, a good rain coat and/or a poncho are important.

– Booze

Possibly the most important thing! As Glastonbury is awesome you can take alcohol pretty much anywhere. It is important to remember though you shouldn’t be bringing glass with you, not only is it dangerous, its heavier!

– Toiletries

Hand sanitiser and toilet paper are the two things you should not forget, ever. I have brought things to wash my hair in the past, but only travel bottles, this year I am just going to bring dry shampoo, it is far too much effort to wash my hair and there are so many more exciting things to do.

Don’t forget your toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant and wet wipes, they are all your friends to help you feel a little bit more human.

Sun cream is essential, even if the forecast is rain, if the sun does come out no one wants to spend the whole weekend burnt.

– Others bits

Apart from your camping bag you will need to have another bag to carry round with you through the week, a good sized backpack is perfect.

A hat is a festival staple, not only is it good to keep the sun/rain off you, but it covers up your hair after days of not being washed.

It goes without saying really, sunglasses are a must to complete that festival look!

There are charging places all over for you to boost your phone, but it is a great idea to have a festival phone that you can rely on to last you the week just to find people. This year Glastonbury are selling portable chargers that you can use and trade in for a new one when you need it. This means you don’t have to sit in the charging tent and wait while everyone is having fun.

Its a good idea to bring a camera, you don’t want to miss out on those awesome memories, but don’t forget to bring spare batteries.

Have I forgotten anything? What are you planning on taking with you?

Glastonbury 2013

Sorry if there is a lack of sense in this post, I’ve not slept much in the last week 🙂

Now I was one of the lucky lot to get a ticket to this years Glastonbury Festival and like most I was one of the many thousands that got to see The Rolling Stones.

GLASTOOOOO!

GLASTOOOOO!

But the wonderful thing about Glastonbury is that unlike a lot of the festival around there are so many other things to do as well as watching big name bands.

The only other big festival I’ve been to was Reading in 2010 which was amazing, I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite bands Blink 182 who I had always wanted to see live. However, after going to Glasto in 2011 I realised how much better a festival can be.

After camping in 2011 on Pennard Hill it was quite a bit different this time as we were staying in the camper-van field staying in a trailer tent, which in festival standards is pretty much luxury! We entered (and exited) the site right by the circus field which meant the every day we caught a hell of a lot of random acts although there are so many people performing on random little stages of just as they are walking along, I think it is impossible to be bored.

The food at Glastonbury is brilliant and Tor Rugby club did some awesome grub at a great price 😀

Tor Rugby Club

Tor Rugby Club

The first band I saw was Haim on the Pyramid stage, the bassist was a little bit quirky (I think that’s the best way to describe her!) but they were brilliant. I was going to list all the acts I saw but I really would be here for hours.

I saw all three Pyramid headliners, I had heard that The Arctic Monkeys are a bit disappointing live as they don’t really have much of a stage presences, but I pleasantly surprised.

Then we have The Rolling Stones, I was really interested in seeing how people would react to them so I’ve read a few reviews and comments on their performance and I’m not surprised that quite a lot of people weren’t impressed. All I can say to them is that the atmosphere at the pyramid stage was awesome and, even if on TV it didn’t sound amazing and they all looked old, I think everyone there watching it enjoyed it all.

Mumford & Sons were the perfect end to the festival. After a chilled out Sunday in the sunshine they really sent everyone off in a brilliant mood, especially with the collaboration for the last song.

All in all it was an amazing week 🙂

I got to see world famous bands and people I’d never heard of. One of which was Penguin Cafe, who were brilliant and I recommend everyone goes to see them!

I really could bore you for hours by telling you how awesome my week was, but I won’t. All I will say is, if you can, go to Glastonbury, (the toilets aren’t that bad I promise!)

Pyramid Phoenix

Pyramid Phoenix