Saturday, May 9, 2015

Glastonbury Packing List

With the best weekend of your life fast approaching, I have put together a wee packing list to help you all with your organisation of the big event.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list where I have indicated the number of t-shirts required, rather a few items you may have otherwise forgotten.

Feel free to add any other items I may have forgotten in the comments.

Which bag to take?
  • One you can put on your back. The ground might not be muddy on your way in but it most definitely will be on your way out.

  • If you’re taking a tent it’s best to go for a small one to fit into gaps rather than trying to fit an 8 person tent somewhere.
  • Read the reviews before you purchase to ensure it's 100% waterproof.
  • When choosing a tent location, it is very important to consider:
  • Being on a hill (high) so that in case of flooding / mud you are relatively safe.
  • The paths that are mapped out expand over the weekend and turn into giant mud slides. One festival goer grabbed our tent at one point whilst screaming as she slid down the hill. Be as far into the non path area as possible. Example below.
  • Ensure you have a wee opening which is sheltered and you can leave your gumboots etc. in and take them off before getting into the tent.

  • Self-inflatable airbed (in-built pump)
  • Sleeping bag, it gets quite chilly at night
  • Sleeping bag liner if you have one
  • Travel pillow or small pillow you can fit into your bag

  • Rubbish sacks for putting dirty clothes and shoes/gumboots in
  • Some cash – there are ATMs on site but from memory there was big queues and a charge for withdrawals.
  • Phones – there was barely reception in 2014, but EE ran a service where you could buy a battery pack (about £20) and then swap it for a fully charged one whenever you ran out.
  • Snaplock bag for phone in case of heavy rain
  • Torch / Head torch for rummaging through your tent in the dark 
  • You'll receive a lanyard with a programme and lineup in it when you arrive.
  • Glastonbury has so many shops selling everything so if you do end up forgetting something, chances are you can buy it there.
  • Flags are a great way to find your friends. Meeting front left speaker is no longer possible when you have over 100,000 people to navigate through. These can also be bought on site.

  • Waterproof raincoat – like a really waterproof one.
  • Gumboots
  • Jandals
  • Knee high socks to stop gumboots rubbing on legs, you can also buy these on site.
  • Thin merino jumper is a good call to tie around waist and pop on when cold.
  • Sunglasses & sunglasses case
  • Earplugs & eye mask
  • PJs for being clean in your sleeping bag at night.

  • Face wipes
  • Baby wipes – if you’re in the general camping area a shower is a highly unlikely event. Your legs will be covered in mud and a pack of these is essential.
  • Towel
  • Toilet paper or even better mini packs of tissues to carry in pocket for use in the portaloos. There is no toilet paper in them, they're open-air.
  • Panadol & Nurofen
  • Berrocca
  • Compact mirror
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Plasters
  • Tooth brush & toothpaste

Food & Alcohol
  • You’re allowed to bring in alcohol but it must be in plastic bottles.
  • We didn’t find any ice in 2014 so be prepared for some warm drinks.
  • Plastic cups, utensil for mixing.
  • My favourite warm alcoholic beverage was Vodka & Cranberry. The Pims cocktail didn’t go down well at its 25 degree temperature. Something to consider when choosing spirits for the weekend.
  • There are bars throughout the festival selling cold beverages too.
  • Snacks are great to have on hand – nuts, lollies & chocolate.
  • Last year I made the mistake of taking Belvita breakfast biscuits. I can assure you there's nothing you want less than a dry biscuit when you wake up there. Nor any day to be fair.
  • Couple of bottles of coconut water.
  • The food stalls at Glastonbury were absolutely amazing last year and made every meal choice quite an ordeal.
  • Top pick in 2014 went to Buddha Bowls – vegetarian massaman curry with brown rice, halloumi on top and steamed greens. Just what you need after a night that ended at 7am.
  • Water taps are widely available throughout for water bottle top ups.

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