Camping at a festival, especially at Glastonbury, can mean spending several nights on the ground, so if you want to party all night and sleep all day - if you so choose, then you need to be prepared!
Our team at Brothers are seasoned festival-goers, so we wanted to share our festival essentials checklist to make sure you don't forget anything on your music festival packing list.
Two of the most important festival camping essentials that you will bring to a music event is your tent and sleeping bag.
Choose a warm sleeping bag because it may still get very cold at night even during the summer months. Bringing a pillow with you is always more comfortable for your head and will help you sleep better. If you are looking for some ‘next level’ comfort why not bring an air mattress?
Remember to bring a torch so you can make your way safely back to your tent in the dark, and a first-aid kit just in case of any minor accidents.
Even though there may be charging facilities on-site, another essential for us is a portable mobile phone charger so you can keep in contact with friends and family – and is always a good idea in case of an emergency.
Answering the call of nature
Although outdoor festivals provide portaloos or other facilities for festival-goers, you may not fancy waiting in a long queue or just cringe at the thought of using a portaloo on day three of a festival. This is where some disposable urinal bags may come in handy.
Don't forget to pack some toilet roll and in the absence of hand-washing facilities some wet wipes and hand sanitiser will come in very handy too! If you can't access a shower during your stay, then dry shampoo is a must. If you can have a shower, then instead of taking a heavy towel to dry off with, try a sarong instead. They are much lighter to pack and carry and will dry out much quicker than a damp towel.
Bring a pair of flip flops to wear in the shower. They are so much easier to slip on after a shower than trying to pull on your hiking boots or wellies!
Having fun in the sun
If you are lucky enough to have some warm weather, a high factor sun cream is an absolute must. Keep a lip balm in your bag or pocket and keep reapplying it during the day to prevent the sun from drying out your lips. It will also help to wear a hat that shades your face during the hottest part of the day and a cool, loose t-shirt to slip on to protect your arms and shoulder from sunburn.
Remember to pack a water bottle that is lightweight and easy to carry around with you. You can get dehydrated very quickly while outdoors in the sunshine, so make sure to take regular sips of water.
Packing a few water pistols can be a great way to have fun and keep cool on a hot day – remember not to cause too much carnage though and choose a place away from the crown to cool down with a water fight.
Pack for all weathers
As with most UK festivals, there is no guarantee of wall to wall sunshine, so it will help to pack for everything that the British weather can throw at you!
You will need a hoody – this is a festival must-have. Even in summer, it can get very cold at night, so bring a pair of woolly socks, a warm hat, gloves and trousers.
Rain showers are almost a given at a festival, so pack a simple cagoole or poncho to keep you dry during a shower. They pack up really small and don't take up much space in your rucksack.
Footwear is very important for festivals, so pack a pair of comfortable trainers or walking boots as you will be standing around for hours. To be on the safe side, pack a pair of flip flops, trainers and a pair of wellies too!
Food and drink
What you eat and drink is a big part of your festival experience. You never quite know what to expect with festival catering, so it would be wise to pack some of your favourite snacks as a backup.
Another big factor in enjoying a festival is having a drink. Everyone's a lot happier when they can enjoy a drink, so check out what's available and see if your festival has some Brothers cider on offer, the original festival cider!
It's no problem if you are heading to Glastonbury Festival as our Brothers B-Bar is always easy to find near the West Holts Stage.
Check with the festival organisers whether you are allowed to bring your own drink. If so, the best way to chill out and relax with your fest fam around your camping area is with a few cans of Brothers cider.
Brothers cider was born in a field in Somerset at Glastonbury so we know our festivals! With so many curious flavours on offer, our cider can be enjoyed all year round and on all occasions. Our unique West Country cider range of curious flavours offers something for everyone.
So here is a quick summary of our festival essentials so you don't forget anything:
• Air mattress
• Bin bags (for dirty clothes and rubbish)
• Brothers Cider
• Dry shampoo
• Fancy dress, glitter and make-up
• First aid kit
• Folding chairs
• Hand sanitiser
• Portable charger
• Sleeping bag
• Snacks and drinks
• Spending money
• Sun cream
• Sun hat
• Tent & tent pegs
• Toilet roll
• Water bottle
• Weather appropriate clothing and footwear
• Wet wipes
• Camping chairs
Remember to leave no trace. Take all your festival camping gear and belongings home with you and buy equipment that you can use again and again – you will save yourself a lot of money in the long run!