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What to Take to a Festival + Free Printable Checklist

Not sure what to take to a festival? Help is at hand!

Packing for a festival can be rather a minefield (even for seasoned festival-goers) so we’ve put together a handy guide to everything you need to take. From clothes, food and camping supplies to a couple of handy festival hacks using VELCRO® Brand fasteners, we’ve rounded up everything you need for a weekend at a music festival.

And to give you an extra helping hand, you can download our free printable packing checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything!

How to pack for a festival

When you’re packing your festival rucksack, our top tip is only pack what you need. Anything else will be taking up valuable space in your rucksack and remember, you’ll have to carry everything you bring with you so it pays to pack lightly.

Here’s a round-up of what you need (and don’t forget this great tip from the organisers of the Glastonbury festival – mark all your valuables with your name and address so they can be posted back to you if you lose them!)

The essentials

  • Your festival ticket
  • Money
  • ID
  • Phone
  • Portable phone charger (and a pack of VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Ties to stop your charger getting tangled in your rucksack).
  • Torch
  • Bag for dirty clothes and rubbish

Camping Tip - Wrap Up Cables with VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Ties


  • Tops
  • Trousers/shorts
  • Waterproofs
  • Warm jumper
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Wellies (or sturdy boots)
  • Enough spare clothes in case you get wet/muddy
  • Body glitter

Top tip: Wrap up an outfit for each day with VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Ties for easy packing!

Festival Camping Hack

Camping supplies

Camping Tip - Roll Up Your Sleeping Bag with a VELCRO® Brand Strap 2


  • Toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Face wipes
  • Dry shampoo
  • First aid kit

Food and drink

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Stove
  • Pan
  • Cutlery
  • Food for meals
  • Water carrier
  • Tin opener
  • Bin bags

Download our free festival packing list

Make your festival packing even easier with our free printable checklist! Download and print it for free, then tick off each item as you pack it to make sure you don’t forget anything!

Free Printable Festival Packing List

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