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10 Things To Bring To A Festival

10 Things To Bring To A Festival


Are you excited about attending a festival? Whether it's a music festival, food festival, or cultural event, going prepared will ensure you have a memorable experience. Packing the right essentials will help you stay comfortable and fully enjoy the festivities. In this article, we will discuss the top 10 things you should bring to a festival. From practical items to enhance your comfort to essential supplies, we have got you covered!


Festivals are vibrant and energetic gatherings that bring people together to celebrate various aspects of life. Attending a festival requires some preparation to ensure you have a fantastic time without any hiccups. Let's dive into the essential items you should bring along.

1. Backpack

A sturdy backpack is a must-have accessory when attending a festival. It provides you with a convenient way to carry all your belongings, keeping your hands free to fully immerse yourself in the festival experience. Look for a backpack with multiple compartments to help you stay organised throughout the event.

2. Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial, especially when you're spending long hours outdoors. Bring a refillable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated throughout the festival. Many festivals have water stations where you can refill your bottle, saving you money and reducing plastic waste. For those looking for a more hardcore festival experience, water is essential if you are planning to take any drugs. Bringing water to a festival is crucial, especially if you plan on taking drugs. Some drugs can cause dehydration and increase body temperature, making it important to stay hydrated. Drinking water helps replenish fluids, regulate body temperature, and prevent overheating. It can also reduce the risk of potential complications associated with drug use. Remember to drink water regularly, but avoid excessive consumption as it can lead to hyponatremia. Stay responsible and prioritise your well-being while enjoying the festival experience.

3. Festival Sunglasses

There is nothing worse than attending a festival and realising after a few minutes of partying that you're going to be stuck squinting in the sun for the rest of the day. Most festivals take place during the summer, where the days are long and the sun is unobstructed my clouds (for the most part!). Packing a pair of sunglasses for festivals is essential, not only will you avoid any headaches from squinting, sunglasses will allow you to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun and allow you to party comfortably for a prolonged time. Check out our range of festival sunglasses to see why TheShadePrjct is one of the UK's leading festival sunglasses brands!

4. Sunscreen and Hat

Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays is essential, particularly if the festival takes place during the day. Waking up on the second day of the festival hungover and sunburnt is enough to ruin your entire festival experience, so always apply sunscreen generously and wear a hat to shield your face and scalp from direct sunlight. This will help prevent sunburns and keep you comfortable throughout the event.

5. Portable Phone Charger

With the amount of time we spend on our phones capturing moments and sharing experiences, a portable phone charger is a festival essential. You don't want to miss out on capturing your favourite performances or contacting your friends if your phone runs out of battery or someone gets lost on the way to the bar. Invest in a portable charger to keep your devices powered up throughout the event.

6. Comfortable Shoes

Festivals usually involve a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. Opt for closed-toe shoes that provide ample support and cushioning. Avoid high heels or shoes that can easily get ruined in crowded and muddy festival grounds. Your feet will thank you for choosing comfort over style. Also, although festivals are a place to dress your best, for those looking to prepare for their first festival experience, leave your best shoes at home. No matter how careful you are to avoid dirtying your shoes, a couple if hours in a festival are enough to have them ruined for life, so always pack shoes that have already taken a beating to avoid wasting money on a pair of fresh shoes to bring to a festival.

7. Rain Gear

Weather can be unpredictable, even during the most well-planned festivals. It's always a good idea to bring a lightweight rain jacket or poncho to protect yourself from unexpected rain showers. This way, you can continue enjoying the festival even if the weather takes a turn. Ponchos and plastic overalls take up little to no space in your bag but can save you a lot of stress when it rains. Having to spend hours or even sleep in damp clothes is enough to ruin your festival experience.

8. Snacks and Water

While many festivals offer a variety of food options, having some snacks on hand can be a lifesaver. Pack some non-perishable snacks like granola bars, nuts, or dried fruits to keep your energy levels up between meals. Additionally, bring a few extra bottles of water in case the festival grounds get crowded and the lines for water become long.

9. Cash and Identification

Although many festivals now accept digital payments, it's still wise to carry some cash. Some vendors might only accept cash, and it's helpful to have spare change for small purchases. Additionally, carry a valid identification card or driver's license in case it's required for age verification or entry to certain festival areas.

10. Blanket or Mat

Bringing a blanket or mat is a great idea, especially if the festival includes outdoor performances or if you want to take a break and relax. It provides you with a comfortable seating area and helps you claim a spot on the grassy areas. Enjoy the music or performances while lounging on your blanket.


Attending a festival can be an incredible experience filled with excitement and memorable moments. By packing these 10 essential items - a backpack, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen and hat, portable phone charger, comfortable shoes, rain gear, snacks and water, cash and identification, and a blanket or mat - you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your festival adventure. Remember to have fun, stay hydrated, and make as many memories as possible!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I bring my own food and drinks to a festival?

The policy on bringing outside food and drinks may vary from festival to festival. Check the festival's guidelines or website to see if they allow outside food and beverages.

2. Are cameras allowed at festivals?

Most festivals allow personal cameras, but it's best to check the festival's rules regarding photography and videography. Some festivals may have restrictions on professional-grade equipment.

3. Should I bring a portable chair?

While some festivals provide seating areas, bringing a portable chair can be beneficial, especially if you prefer having your own comfortable spot.

4. Are pets allowed at festivals?

Pets are generally not allowed at festivals due to safety and crowd control reasons. It's best to leave your furry friends at home or make alternative arrangements for their care.

5. How can I stay updated on the festival schedule?

Check the festival's official website or download their mobile app, if available. These platforms typically provide detailed schedules, stage timings, and any last-minute changes or announcements.

6. What happens if it rains during a festival?

Many festivals have contingency plans in case of rain. They may provide covered areas or rain shelters, or they might schedule alternative indoor activities. It's advisable to bring a rain jacket or poncho to stay dry.

7. Is there a minimum age requirement for attending a festival?

Some festivals have age restrictions, especially if they serve alcohol or have content unsuitable for minors. Check the festival's guidelines or website for any age-related policies. Many of the festivals in the UK have a minimum age of 16.

8. Are there ATMs available at a festival?

Some festivals have ATMs or cash machines available on-site for attendees to withdraw money. However, it's always a good idea to bring some cash in case ATMs are not readily accessible. This information should usually be available on the website of the festival too.

9. Can I re-enter a festival if I leave temporarily?

The re-entry policy varies from festival to festival. Check the festival's guidelines to see if they allow re-entry and if there are any specific requirements or procedures to follow.

10. Are there designated smoking areas at a festival?

Many festivals have designated smoking areas to accommodate smokers. However, some festivals may have strict no-smoking policies. Check the festival's guidelines or signage for information regarding smoking areas.

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