What to Bring With You to Your Next Festival Weekend 

Heading to a music festival this year? You must make sure to pack everything you need before you go. In all the excitement, it’s easy to forget to pack some of the items you’ll need. To help you out, we’ll be going through all the must-have items you should bring for a truly unforgettable festival weekend. From tickets and ID to a tent and portable festival seats, we’ll list all the items you’ll need to make your festival experience one to remember!

The Essentials


First and foremost, you’ll need your ticket, or you won’t get into the festival!


You’ll also want to bring along some cash or a credit card to buy food, drinks and other items that can be purchased on-site.


Don’t forget your ID, either—it’s essential to prove your age if you want to drink alcohol.

Comfortable shoes

Comfortable shoes are another must-have—you’ll be doing a lot of walking (and dancing, of course!) over the weekend, so you’ll want to make sure your feet can handle it. Due to excessive mud, you’ll likely need to wear wellies for most of the festival!

Small bag/backpack

You’ll spend a lot of time away from your tent. For this reason, you’ll need to bring along a small bag or backpack to store any essentials you want to take with you, such as sunscreen, water, your phone, ID, cards, money and other items.


Make sure to bring your phone with you. If you’re nervous it’ll get damaged or lost, purchase a protective case to keep it clean and dry.

Phone charger

You’ll also want to have a phone charger on hand in case your battery starts running low. You probably won’t have access to a charging point very often, so bring a charged power bank that you can plug your phone into.


You’ll need to bring various clothes options as you never know what the weather will be like. Pack the essentials, such as a waterproof jacket, multiple tops, trousers, dresses, shorts, jumpers, underwear and socks, and then add some extra clothes just in case you get wet or muddy!

Sun cream

Make sure to bring sun cream with a high SPF rating. The last thing you want is to get sunburned during your weekend of fun.


If you’re attending a summer festival, a hot to protect your face from the sun is essential/

Water bottle

A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.


Another essential is plenty of snacks that will keep your energy levels up but are easy to transport, such as cereal bars.

Festival seat

You’ll end up covering a lot of miles at a festival. So to make sure you’ve got somewhere to rest when you get tired, bring a camping chair or walking stick with you. You can even buy lightweight walking sticks that can be converted into portable seats! 


It goes without saying that a good tent is essential for any festival weekend. Make sure to bring a tent that is of reasonable quality and is big enough to comfortably fit you and all of your festival gear. 

Sleeping bag

A sleeping bag or inflatable mattress is also essential for a comfortable night’s sleep. Don’t forget to pack pillows and blankets to keep you warm, as it will get quite chilly at night!


It’s a good idea to bring a torch with you to a festival, as it will come in handy when it’s time to make the journey back to your tent in the middle of the night. Consider also bringing a battery-powered lamp to keep inside the tent.


If you take any medication, make sure to bring it with you and store it in a safe, accessible place so you can find it when you need it.


Bring a towel with you so you can take a shower if there’s one available to use. If there is no shower access, baby wipes are a good alternative.


Make sure to bring limited toiletries with you, as these can quickly take up quite a lot of space in your bag. Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste, hair brush, deodorant, toilet roll, face wipes, shampoo and conditioner (if you have shower access!) and makeup.

Nice-to-have Items

Now that we’ve covered the essentials, let’s explore a few other items that it wouldn’t hurt to bring with you if you have space in your bag:

● Portable speaker

● Polaroid camera 

● Insect repellent

● Disposable rain ponchos in case of bad weather

● Camping stove if you’re trying to save money by not buying festival food

● Tinned food to cook on the stove, such as beans, potatoes, etc. 

● Camping kettle 

We hope this list has helped you prepare for what we’re sure will be a fantastic weekend!

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.