THE ULTIMATE GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL PACKING LIST

“MUSIC GIVES A SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE, WINGS TO THE MIND, FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING” – PLATO

With the Glastonbury Music Festival fast approaching, it’s time to start pooling together your belongings to make sure you’re fully equipped for what is guaranteed to be one of the greatest weekends of your life.

I was fortunate enough to experience the glory that is Glastonbury Music Festival in 2016 and as much as I wish I could be heading back again this year, I will live vicariously through others and do my part in making sure everyone has everything they need to make their Glastonbury experience one to remember for a lifetime.

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  • FESTIVAL TICKET AND ID

    If you’re going in by bus you’ll need your bus ticket and you will be issued your festival ticket on the bus. If you’re making your own way there, you’ll already have your festival ticket and will need to make sure that you have it with you. No ticket no entry! Photo ID – whether that be a drivers license for residents or a passport for international travelers – you need to have this with you.

  • TENT

    Unless you scored yourself a pre-erected home at worthy-view or accommodation outside of the festival, you definitely need to make this  number one on the packing list. Preferable two-man or larger, durable, weather proof and an undercover area outside the tent to leave muddy shoes.

  • SLEEPING BAG

    It gets quite chilly of an evening, so a sleeping bag is another essential item on the packing list!

  • FOAM MAT

    Gives you that little bit of extra comfort whilst sleeping. The cold hard ground will do you no favours!

  • PILLOW

    Whether you want to bring in your comfiest bed pillow, a blow up pillow from a camping store, or just a pillow case that you can stuff a jumper inside, a pillow of any sort will make for a more comfortable sleeping arrangement.

  • GROUND TARP

    Great for putting underneath your tent to keep moisture out but also good to have around your campsite as it will get muddy.

  • GUMBOOTS

    Can’t stress this one enough. Supposedly last year was the muddiest Glastonbury ever, and I am so grateful I had a solid pair of wellies for the weekend. You WILL use them!

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  • HEAD-TORCH

    Great for moving around your tent in the night or heading out to brush your teeth when it’s dark. A regular torch is fine, but a head torch gives you use of both of your hands which is super convenient.

  • WET WIPES/TISSUES/TOILET PAPER/HAND SANITISER

    I’m not embarrassed to admit that I cleaned myself with wet wipes all Glastonbury weekend. I refused to wait hours in the shower line to only find the hot water had run out! Having little packs of tissues or toilet paper with you at all times is a great habit as most of the portable toilets run out of toilet tissue fast. You may also not always be able to wash your hands afterwards, so hand sanitiser is a god send!

  • COLLAPSIBLE DRINK BOTTLES

    You may just want to carry hard liquor around with you all day, but I’d definitely recommend having collapsible drink bottles for water. Why collapsible? Because they are super lightweight, aren’t bulky, and if you don’t particularly want to carry a pack around with you all day, you can usually clip them to a belt loop or similar. There are water stations scattered around the festival where you can fill up your bottles.

  • FLIP-FLOPS

    Great for getting around the camp site if you just quickly need to duck to the toilet or brush your teeth. Also really good to wear in the showers if you’re planning on having one. Ain’t nobody wanting Tinea.

  • CASH

    Definitely have some cash on you throughout the day in the event you need drinks, food, merchandise or a warm poncho for those chilly evenings and can’t be bothered trekking back to your campsite. A lot of stores do have eftpos facilities, but definitely have cash on you.

  • CAMERA & PHONE

    You’re going to want to make all your friends and family back home super jealous, so you’ll need to document your awesome weekend. A phone is also really useful for messaging friends in the likely event that you get separated.

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  • PORTABLE CHARGERS

    Since you’ll be documenting your weekend, make sure you’ve got yourself a portable charger handy to keep your gear charged. There are charging stations in the festival, but you can be waiting up to 40 minutes to get in and your time is limited inside. There’s so much more you could be doing with your time – don’t waste it in a charging station!

  • TOILETRIES

    Just a standard toiletries list. No need to weigh your bag down with items you won’t use – deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, tampons, contraceptives, dry shampoo, prescription medication, Band-Aids, paracetamol, hydrolyte, hairbrush, makeup, mirror etc.

  • FOOD

    Whether you’re going to be cooking up a storm each day or buying most of your food inside the festival, it’s always great to have snacks on hand. Crisps, muesli bars, biscuits etc. are great as they won’t go bad. I also packed baked beans, 2 minute noodles and cuppa soups as I had a mini camp stove that I brought along with me. For those bringing a gas cooker, don’t forget cutlery, plates, bowls, mugs/cups, cooking utensils, matches/lighters etc.

  • ALCOHOL

    Some won’t bother, but seeing as you’re allowed to bring sealed alcohol into the festival with you, why not save yourself a few bucks and bring in a few tinnies? No glass bottles allowed – they will be confiscated!

  • HAT/SUNSCREEN

    Don’t forget to be sun smart! There isn’t much shade around the festival, especially around the main stages, so having some sunscreen in your day bag, and even a hat, will guarantee you’re protected from the sun

  • RAIN JACKET/PONCHO

    In the event it rains during the festival, having a light waterproof jacket or rain poncho is a sure way to keep you protected from the elements. The plastic rain ponchos are also great to sit on when the rain stops but the ground is still wet.

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  • CLOTHES

    What I mean more specifically is packing clothes for both cold and hot weather. Try to organise your outfits so that they can be altered to suit any weather i.e. top and skirt for hot weather could be made appropriate for cold weather by adding leggings underneath skirt and a jacket for over the top. Be sure to have something warm to sleep in. I was rocking a snug onesie and it was the best! Plus, extra underwear, socks, beanies, gloves, scarf etc. if you know you’re one to feel the cold.

  • BATH TOWEL/HAND TOWEL

    Mainly to use if you plan to shower, but also good for drying off items when you get back into your tent of a night if you get caught in the rain. Hand towel is handy for cleaning your face before bed as they generally dry faster than a full sized bath towel.

  • GARBAGE/PLASTIC/ZIPLOCK BAGS

    Great for rubbish around the campsite but also great for dirty, muddy clothes throughout the weekend. Keep it separate from your clean clothes to avoid contamination! Ziplock bags are handy for keeping your electronics dry.

  • CAMPING CHAIR

    Not really an essential, but there were a few times I saw other people chilling out on their camping chairs and I was a little envious. Especially when it had been raining and the ground was just too wet and muddy to sit on. If you have the capacity, I say take it, though you can purchase them inside the festival.

  • STRING/TAPE

    Again, not essential items, but super handy to have with you if you need to tie anything up or repair any holes/tears in your tent etc. Both are light and small in size. If you’ve got the room, throw them in. You may not need it, but someone else probably will and you’ll be a hero!

  • EAR PLUGS/EYE MASK

    For those who prefer uninterrupted sleep, ear plugs are great for keeping the noise out in the wee hours of the morning and the eye mask is just what you need when the sun comes blaring in through your tent at 7:00AM and you only just got back an hour beforehand.

  • BAG/PACK

    And most importantly, a big ol’ bag to put all this in! Preferably something that is weather proof, durable and has lots of pockets and compartments for storage. Having a separate day bag/bum bag to have with you for the time you’re actually inside the festival is great for carrying water, a camera, phone, money and snacks.

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Don’t stress too much if you leave anything at home as most things are available for purchase inside the festival, just be prepared to pay more than you normally would back home. Beggars can’t be choosers though can they?

Everyone I met at the festival was super friendly, so if you ever find you need something, asking your camp site neighbour nicely could be an easy solution and an even easier way to make a friend!

Be sure to follow my adventures on Instagram & Twitter!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Rosie says:

    I stewarded at Glastonbury two summers ago (no mud that year), and would second everything you’ve suggested (especially the tissues/ loo roll, hand sanitiser and bin bags). One thing I’d add to the list is one of those foil camping sheets (no idea what the technical word for them is) – it’s a great way of keeping your tent cool when it’s warm outside, and also blocks out some of the light. They’re super cheap (about £1-£2) and so worth it!

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    1. Thanks for that recommendation, Rosie! I guess because it didn’t get all that hot last year it was something I hadn’t even considered. Good call! 🙂

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  2. I was embarrassingly ignorant of the festival until recently. One of my colleagues is playing there soon in a Melbourne-based Ethno Jazz band called the Black Jesus Experience.

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    1. Oh wow! That’s awesome. What an experience!!

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  3. tworadchicks says:

    This was a very well thought out post and I enjoyed it so much! LOVE your blog, can’t wait to see what you post next. xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Happy you stopped by!

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