Best Festival Essentials to Pack for 2017

It’s festival season. No doubt about it. The last bank holiday in May marked the official launch of the season, although there was plenty on offer before then.

Here’s a round up of some festival essentials that you can get so you’re all ready for your next outing. Our picks range from practical to funky to plain whimsical so there should be something for everyone!

Charge!

Festival FuelFirst up is Festival Fuel. We showcased this on Twitter and Facebook, but in case you missed it here it is again.

Festival Fuel is a portable phone charger with a torch built into it! It saves packing yet another item. That said though a small LED torch never goes amiss.

That’s what we like – a multi tasking tool. The Festival Fuel can charge an i-Phone 7 up to 4 x times (it can charge any smartphone). It’s ultra slim, comes in 5 funky colours so you can colour match your tent and costs around £29.95.

Keep sight of your tent

Find your tent in the melee of tents, with the fabulous glow-in-the dark Gorilla Tents. This funky pop-up tent is durable, lightweight, and comes in a 2-3-man tent size.

Gorilla Tent

Gorilla Tent Daytime

Gorilla Tent

Gorilla Tent at Night

Add to this their ‘Tent Finder’ technology: a remote control UV light system. With the click of a button, the 23 UV LEDs are activated to flash function helping you find your tent. Currently costs £69.99, or with the Tent Finder included, £79.99 (saving of £4.99)

These boots were made for festivals

Headphone Wellies from Welly WarehouseFunky Wellies: You’ve got to love a funky welly and this year we’ve plumped for headphones! Yep, wellies with headphones on them. Available from the Welly Warehouse  for £14.99. Of course if you want to save some space you can always check out our Feetz Pocket Wellies. A brilliant option if space is at a premium.

Stash the Cash Bullet

Stash the cash: one way of keeping your cash on you is the True Utility Bullet Stash £12.65. Insert your notes in this tiny bullet, measuring 4.6cm, attached to a keyring. Now we’d probably use this for our back up dosh, as it’s a bit fiddly to get money out after a drink or two. Or three or you know, maybe four?! Who’s counting anyhow?

And so to bed

Sleeping Bag Beauties

Fly Away Floral

Sleep, or the attempt to get some, is a crucial part of any festival experience. You’ve paid good money to be there, so why not think outside the box? Or bag? The lovely sleeping bags from Sleeping Bag Beauties will add a touch of glamour to your pop up tent.

Geo Dreaming by Sleeping Bag Beauties

Geo Dreaming

They’re 100% Cotton and come with a sleep eye mask, which may prove jolly useful. This one (on the left) is called Fly Away Floral, but I think our favourite is Geo Dreaming. At £64.99, we grant you, they’re expensive, but you’re paying for the individual style.

 Pack a Poncho

We’re great lovers of the funky Field Candy – check out their individually designed tents. Cheese PonchoTheir poncho’s are wacky and out there. Our favourite is the cheesy one (get it?) but the watermelon (both £39.95) would do us just as well.

Now we do think you have to be ‘out there’, and brave to wear one, so if you’d rather wear a plain see-through one, check out our Summit Poncho. It’s a lot cheaper, but then it’s more of a disposable item. And you know what, you’ve spent ages getting your festival wardrobe together, time to show it off under a clear poncho, rain or shine! Right?

Waterless wonders

Talking of keeping dry, brings us to the sticky subject of washing and waterless washing. The well-known brands in this field are Pits & Bits or Nilaqua (both made by Waterless Ltd) and both good products.

But let me introduce you to Halo Pro Active Waterless Hair & Body Shampoo. This 150ml spray removes, dirt, sweat, odours etc. Simply spray on, rub in, and then wipe off with a towel. It’s so easy to use, and smells great.

The best bit? It was developed in conjunction with Student Trade, who bring businesses and college students together to work on live commercial projects.

 

 

You’ll need something to sit on. I know, you’re thinking inflatable chair like this one (right).Inflatable Chair It’s nice and small when deflated, and fits in your rucksack neatly. Fab until it goes pop! Take advice from someone who blew up her inflatable bed in the hot sun, on dry grass. Puncture waiting to happen!

Boca Easy Camp ChairA cheap camping chair will do just fine. It could be knee deep in mud in which case an inflatable chair will have you sledging faster than you can say bobsleigh. The Boca from the Easy Camp is bright and funky. Ideal at £19.99.

 

Wrap up

Pashminas are not just for keeping warm. One of these little beauties will take you from sunrise to sunset – literally.

Pashmina by Sassies70Pashmina

If you forego our previous recommendation of a chair, then the pashmina will make a reasonable substitute. Throw over your sleeping bag, use as a pillow, wrap over your head as sunshield/rain hat! It’s another great multi-tasker, the pashmina featured here is reversible and is from Sassies70 Etsy Shop at £14.99.

And just for fun

Finally, a little bit of glam, after all that drudgy, boring stuff. Pucker up with rainbow lips, go for a whimsical LED daisy headdress and shake your glitter booty – if you have some!  Have fun.

Festival Rainbow Lips

Rainbow Lips You Tube Tutorial

 

Glitter Bum Festival

Glitter Bum by Gypsy Shrine

LED Festival Daisy Headband

LED Headress by Britts Blossoms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve enjoyed our little mooch around this year’s festival essentials, check out our blog:Festival Packing Guide

 

 

 

 

Until next time, have fun and #getoutside whatever the weather holds.

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