Festival Essentials

Written by Dan | 16/08/2021

Festival essentials – your guide to a good time!

It’s been a difficult couple of years (to put it mildly), but the fantastic news is that there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.  Yes, that’s right – festivals are back! After 18 months of lockdowns, restrictions and rules, what could be better than a huge Summer party to blow off the cobwebs and let off some steam? If you’ve booked tickets but are wondering what festival outfits to pack to make sure your weekend goes with a bang, our festival essentials guide is here to help.

Which festivals are still going ahead in 2021?

Many festival promoters have pushed the dates back to make sure their events are as safe as possible which means that many of the big names are happening across the August Bank Holiday weekend. Huge events like Reading/Leeds, Creamfields and many more will be opening their doors to eager revellers at the end of the month, with the likes of Wireless and Parklife making an appearance later in September.

What to wear to a festival?

As we all know, the Great British Weather can be… changeable to put it mildly. This throws a spanner into the works when it comes to packing. Keep an eye on the weather forecast in advance but take it with a pinch of salt when it comes to your festival outfit planning. You need to be prepared for a heatwave but also ready to tackle a muddy field if the heavens open.

We recommend a good pair of wellies and, just as importantly, as many pairs of socks as you can get your hands on! You’ll be really glad of a dry pair of socks on day three when you’ve spent the weekend dancing in a puddle.

At the other end of the spectrum, you need to make sure you’re protected from the sun too – it is Summer after all. Remember to pack plenty of sun cream and a good pair of sunglasses. Not only will they look after your eyes, but they’ll help you to see what’s going on at the main stage. A designer bucket hat is a festival staple and will help keep you shielded from the heat in style.

Jeans aren’t comfy for dancing in the sun, and they’re a nightmare when they get wet, so a sturdy pair of shorts is the foundation of any festival outfit. You’ll keep cool and they’ll dry quickly if there’s a sudden downpour. It’s a good idea to pack a lightweight waterproof jacket just in case.

Don’t forget to think about accessories. A strong backpack is vital for transporting *ahem* refreshments, and a smaller “man bag” is ideal if you want to travel light across the festival site without filling your pockets with phones and chargers.

What to take to a festival?

Now that you’ve got your outfit sorted, what other festival essentials will you need to pack? You’re going to need your phone – not just for keeping in touch with the rest of your party, but it’s also crucial for maps, paying for drinks and snacks, and those all-important selfies and check-ins. The main problem is that it’s going to run out of charge with all that activity by the time the headliners come out. A great solution is to pack a reliable portable charger (or two!).

Last but by no means least, it’s the single most important thing you need to remember to take with you. The ultimate festival essential – your tickets!  Check, double-check and triple-check before you leave the house – your weekend will be a non-starter if you forget them.

Some festival organisers have made the difficult decision to reschedule their events for 2022, so if Glastonbury or Download are your jam, you’ve got a little longer to wait. Check the Festival Calendar 2021 for an up-to-date list of festival dates and booking information.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to a festival this summer, stay safe, keep dry and above all else, have fun!


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