Everything You Need For Festival Camping

Everything You Need For Festival Camping

Welcome festival nomads and camping enthusiasts! As the excitement of the upcoming festival season builds, it's time to dive into the important world of festival camping essentials. Whether you're a seasoned festival-goer or a first-timer, a well-prepared campsite is the key to maximising your festival experience. In this comprehensive blog, we'll unravel the ultimate checklist of festival camping essentials that go beyond the basics. From the perfect tent and cosy sleeping bags to savvy campsite organisation and those little extras that make a big difference, we've got you covered. Get ready to transform your festival campsite into a home away from home, ensuring that you not only survive but thrive amidst the vibrant beats and communal vibes. Let the festival camping adventure begin!

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What Is A Camping Festival?

A camping festival is the harmonious fusion of music, community and nature, creating an immersive experience for adventure seekers and music enthusiasts alike. Unlike traditional music events, camping festivals invite attendees to pitch tents, create temporary communities and immerse themselves in the festival spirit for multiple days. It's a celebration of live music under the open sky, where the festival grounds transform into a vibrant tapestry of colours and sounds. Beyond the stages, camping festivals offer a plethora of activities, from yoga sessions at sunrise to late-night bonfires. It's a chance to escape the ordinary, connect with like-minded souls, and revel in the magic of music and nature interwoven into a seamless, unforgettable experience - as long as you have your music festival camping list sorted.

What To Bring To A Festival Camping?

Camping tent set up with chairs, rugs and foldable table

Here is everything you need to bring along with you when it comes to creating your own personal festival camping checklist:


When it comes to what you'll be wearing to a festival you'll be camping at, obviously it will depend on your style and the event you are attending. But you'll still need to consider the weather, especially when you'll most likely be there for a couple of days at least. If it's going to be cold at night, consider bringing along some outerwear like a jacket, a puffer jacket or some mittens to keep you warm when temperatures drop. In warmer weather, make sure you are wearing a hat, otherwise you'll be feeling it the next day, and remember some pyjamas so you aren't sleeping in your day clothes. And because you'll be on your feet all day, comfortable and supportive footwear is a must!

Food & Drink

When it comes to what food and drinks to bring, you will want something easy and quick that doesn't require much effort to prepare. Here are some foods and drinks that are easy to prepare and won't take up too much room in your backpack:

  • Dried fruit
  • Nut mix
  • Cheese
  • Deli meats
  • Beef jerky
  • Crisps
  • Crackers
  • Bread
  • Energy bars
  • Corn chips
  • Bottled water (a hydration pack can be useful during the day while keeping your hands free)
  • Hydrolytes are also a good idea for making sure you stay hydrated

Sleeping Gear

To make sure all of your sleeping needs are taken care of, here are the following festival camping essentials for getting a good night's sleep:

  • A tent (a pop-up-tent is a popular option because it's so easy to set up)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat (to go inside of your sleeping bag for extra comfort)
  • Blankets (depending on the weather)
  • Pillows (because who sleeps without a pillow?)
  • Battery-powered fans
  • Air mattress (for ultimate comfort)
  • Camping stretchers (if you don't have access to a pump but still want increased comfort)

Weather Protection

Whether it is the sun, wind or rain, you will want to make sure you are fully protected from the elements to make sure that your experience isn't ruined. To ensure that, consider the following items:

Personal Items

Of course, there will always be miscellaneous personal items you will want to make sure you bring along depending on what your needs are. Here is a list of what personal items you will probably want to bring:

Festival Camping Set Up Tips

Camping tent set up with elevated bed and sleeping equipment

Now that you have a good idea of what festival camping essentials you will need, remember to keep these helpful tips in mind before you set out:

  • Choose the Right Tent: Opt for a spacious and durable tent with proper ventilation. Consider a colour that stands out in a sea of tents to make finding yours quick and easy in a pinch.
  • Arrive Early: Secure a prime camping spot by arriving early. Proximity to facilities like toilets and the festival entrance can make a significant difference to your experience.
  • Bring Comfortable Bedding: Invest in a high-quality sleeping bag and a comfortable sleeping pad or air mattress. Festival grounds can be uneven and uncomfortable - and a good night's sleep is essential to enjoying the next day!
  • Create a Cosy Lounge Area: Set up a communal area outside your tent with foldable chairs, blankets and even some fairy lights. It's a perfect space to relax, socialise with friends and soak in the festival atmosphere.
  • Organise with Storage Solutions: Use items like collapsible storage bins or hanging organisers inside your tent to keep essentials within reach and maintain a tidy living space.
  • Brighten Up with Lighting: Illuminate your campsite with solar-powered or battery-operated LED lights. This not only adds a festive touch but also ensures safety during night-time.
  • Consider a Canopy/Shade Tent: Shield your campsite from the sun with a canopy or a shade tent. It's an excellent gathering spot during the day and provides relief from the heat.
  • Pack a Portable Charger: Keep your devices charged with a portable power bank. Festivals are full of photo-worthy moments and you wouldn't want to miss capturing them!
  • Hydrate Smartly: Bring a reliable water container or hydration system to stay hydrated throughout the festival. Some festivals have refill stations, so plan accordingly.
  • Be Mindful of Noise: Earplugs can be a lifesaver when you're ready for some rest amidst the festival buzz. Ensure you have a good night's sleep by minimising noise disturbances.

With these festival camping setup tips, you're bound to create a comfortable and inviting space to relax between sets and enjoy the full festival experience. Happy festival camping!

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