Festival packing guide for females

After searching and searching the web for a blog or something that would tell me what to take to a festival (as a female) and failing I decided I might as well write my own. After all, if I’m looking for one the chances are other people are too. Especially those who have never been to a festival before and don’t want to risk going and not have everything they need. This post is based entirely on my own experience of going to a festival and what I brought along with me.

Festival packing guide for females

Clothing – Festival style

Bum bag – A literal lifesaver, you can read about the one I bought here.

Flip flops – If you’re lucky enough to have showers on site you want to keep your feet off the ground so these are extremely handy.

Comfy trainers/shoes – Leave the wedges at home gals, comfort is key. By the time you’ve been dancing around for a few hours you’ll be more concerned about comfort than whether your feet ‘look good’. My good old Converse were the best thing I brought with me to the festival.

Pants, Socks, Bras – Do I even need to mention these? Anywayyyy enough for each day and of each just in case.

Bikini – Again, another necessity if you’ve got on site showers, I don’t know about you but I’m not quite ready for strangers to see the ‘full me’.

Other clothing – Day tops, evening tops, shorts, something warm, raincoat (people laughed at me wearing this but I was the one laughing when they got wet). Comfy warm bottoms (in case you’re somewhere chilly and it’s an evening festival) and Sunglasses.

Gold Layered Coin and Ring Pendant Necklace
Abigail Strappy Espadrille Flatform In Black Faux Suede
Black Quilted Round Belt Bag
White Iridescent Sequin Bandeau
Raw Hem Denim Shorts
Maxi Kimono
Petite Embroidered Anglaise Tie Front Crop Top
Solid Colour Ruffle Hem Shorts
Gold Layered Coin and Ring Pendant Necklace
Abigail Strappy Espadrille Flatform In Black Faux Suede
Black Quilted Round Belt Bag
White Iridescent Sequin Bandeau
Raw Hem Denim Shorts
Maxi Kimono
Petite Embroidered Anglaise Tie Front Crop Top
Solid Colour Ruffle Hem Shorts

Festival packing guide for females

Toiletries

Baby powder/talc – Doubles as dry shampoo and anti chafe.

Mini packs of tissues – Perfect for when you need the bathroom and the loo roll hasn’t been stocked up.  These came in so so handy at times where I’d forgotten to check for loo roll.

Baby wipes – No fuss hygiene in a packet, super cheap and can be used wherever whenever literally (there’s no excuse for being smelly).

Hand mirror – Unless you aren’t fussed by your appearance you’ll probably want one of these. Especially when it comes to applying that necessary glitter all over your face or making sure your brows are ‘on point’.

Pads – Now there are obvious reasons you might want to bring these but another slightly weird reason is blisters… Yeah that’s right I usually stick cotton packs to my blisters with plasters but I’ve found that mini pads are way better, stay in place and provide ultimate foot comfort. You can thank me later for this one…

Razor(s) – I have a pretty cool one which allows me to use it multiple times so only needed to take one of these away. Although some people may not mind being hairy it’s something I try to avoid.

Bug spray – Always good if you’re someone who suffers from insect bites.

More obvious toiletries (incase these slip your mind) – Face wash, makeup if you’re planning on wearing it, deodorant, perfume (I take samples as they don’t take up much room), moisturiser, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, sun cream, after sun, hand sanitizer. Ibuprofen, you never know when you’ll need it.

Hair bits and bobs – Comb or brush, hair pins, bandana and hairbands.

Festival packing guide for females

Festival camping essentials

Tent – Unless you’ve got somewhere else to stay this is probably one of the most important items as you’ve gotta sleep somewhere.

Cool bag/box – In my opinion warm drinks aren’t the nicest so spending a little and getting one or a cool bag if you’re there for a few days is really useful. A cool box is best if you’re there a little longer as they are a bit more durable and better for keeping more drinks in.

Portable phone charger – Obviously you’ll be at a festival and socializing, but when you want to send drunken blurry videos of your favourite band to your pals or pop it on your Insta story you don’t want to worry about draining your battery. It’s cheaper to bring your own than rely on festivals having charging options as these can be pricey. I got mine from Primark for £8 which lasts about two charges each time.

Carry mat – Until we set up our tent on what appeared to be clay with stones I didn’t realise how much I’d love a carry mat. Trust me they make all the difference when it comes to sleep, yoga mats also work well for this.

Pillow – Unless you’re absolutely shattered and don’t mind sleeping on a hard floor an inflatable pillow (or a normal one) makes for an even better sleep. If you don’t have enough room for this then a rolled up towel also does the job.

Festival packing guide for females

String – Either you’re clothes are a little sweaty and you want to dry them out (I won’t judge) or you’ve washed a few bits and want to hang items to dry then a bit of string (and pegs) are perfect for creating a makeshift washing line.

Torch – We were fortunate enough not to need one of these as our campsite was pretty well-lit, but just in case this may help when locating your tent.

A flag – I bet you’re wondering if this ones a typo, it’s not. After a few drinks alllll the tents will start to look the same so packing something to identify your own will help you out a bunch. As a bonus it will also save you crashing with some poor unsuspecting campers.

First aid kit – Of course no-one want wants to get hurt, but from time to time this happens. Trust me I ended up on my back on the concrete on night one of four with a grazed spine and a banged head. Thank goodness for antibacterial gel, plasters and the usual handy bits you’ll find in any first aid kit.

Fold up chairs – We ended up buying these once we got to the festival because there’s only so much you can bring on a plane… These were great as it meant we didn’t have to sit on the floor and yeah that’s the main reason for a chair after all.

Sleeping bag – Perfect for keeping warm and well sleeping in.

Festival packing guide for females

Other items

Ticket – Should be an obvious one, but you’ll be in trouble without it…

Coin purse and money – These were pretty handy item as it meant I could take a little bit of money with me (for gravy chips because you have to keep your energy up right?).

Alcohol – As long as it’s not in a glass container you might as well. Or you can buy it there but from experience it costs a fortuneeeee that way.

Batteries – Always useful to have them just in case, especially if you’re relying on a torch.

Snacks – I.e cereal bars (without) chocolate that can be enjoyed for an energy boost, Festival food isn’t particularly cheap or easy on the stomach.

Ear plugs – Worth a try if you want to block out a little noise and try to get some extra sleep!

Bin bags – To try to keep rubbish in one place or to pop your dirty items in.

So there you have it, my list of items you need when packing for a festival. What do you pack when you go? I’d love to know if there are any items I’ve missed.

Thank you for reading,

Love Saff x

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