Hats have 2 fundamental uses at festivals. First they keep your head cool during the day and warm in the evening. Secondly, a light hat can help friends spot you in the crowd or in the gloomy campsite. We like this stylish, unisex, wide brimmed Fedora hat from ASOS. It looks the business and costs just £12.00.Shop now on ASOS
Collapsible Water Carrier
Most people have the nous to take a water bottle for their personal consumption to a festival, but often forget about the general washing and cleaning needs of the campsite. A big collapsible water carrier like this one from Amazon weighs nothing when empty but can carry a lifesaving 20 litres of water when filled up. That’s enough for everyone in your group to avoid the muddy trek to the taps to wash and brush up every morning and evening.Shop now on Amazon
Just in case you hadn’t noticed, your typical festival tent offers approximately 0% sound insulation from your surroundings. Yet festivals – and, of course, festival goers – are very, very noisy. From all-night sound systems to endless refrains of “b*llocks” up on Pennard’s Hill to lost loners shouting for directions, a good pair of ear plugs can prove a handy way to muffle out the background noise to allow you to sleep. These Design-Go Quiet Zone ear plugs are comfortable and effective, and come with a handy carrying case.Shop now on Amazon
Mobile phones are probably everyone’s no.1 life essential, let alone festival essential. But without power they are completely useless. Festivals these days have plenty of chill ‘n charge zones, but who wants to waste precious fun time sitting in a big tent watching your phone bars slowly recover? Portable chargers are the answer, and in particular the amazing Anker PowerCore 10,000. This sleek beauty weighs in at just 200g yet packs enough juice to recharge an iPhone 6s 3 times and still have a bit left over. Plus it’s small enough to pop in your pocket or backpack.Shop now on Amazon
High Quality Folding Camping Chair
Note the emphasis on ‘high quality’. Too many festival novices pick up a cheap chair for a tenner at the motorway services and then wonder why the flimsy thing falls apart the first time they sit on it. Glastonbury on a Monday morning is a sad sea of broken chairs and abandoned gazebos – and we want no part of it. Instead our recommendation is to spend a bit more for the Helinox Chair One. It may be £60 but it’s built to last, folds down into the size of a shoe and weighs in at just 850g.
Best of all you can pack it up when you leave and use it again at the next festival. Your knees – and the environment – will thank you.Shop now on Ultimate Outdoors
You never miss a lighter until you need it – and you will need it at some stage of the festival weekend. Lighting a campfire to keep warm and provide a focus for your boozed-up, late night ramblings is obviously one of the essential uses of the windproof lighter – and unlike matches it will continue to work when wet. Also you can relive old-school, pre-mobile festival going by waving your Zippo in the air to the strains of Coldplay’s Yellow (or its 2017 festival equivalent).
We recommend the 85th anniversary edition of the classic Zippo lighter – a true festival stalwart that will last a lifetime if you treat it right.Shop now on All Outdoor
A headlamp is basically a torch that is fixed by an elasticated strap to the front of your head. The main advantage over a standard torch is that this leaves both hands free to carry out essential festival duties like assembling a tent, making a roll-up ciggie or cracking open a can of cider. Oh and frequenting the drop toilets in the dead of night – which is pretty perilous if you have to hold onto a torch while you go about your business.
Our festival headlamp pick is the Petzl TIKKA range which are bright, reliable and fully, IP x4-certified waterproof.Compare on Shopomo
Pocket blankets are the new style of blanket that can literally be folded up into a ting package you can put in your pocket or attach to a key chain. They are water resistant, tear proof and yet large enough to accommodate 2 people sitting down or 1 lazy person lying flat out. Perfect for giving your feet a break when the ground is dusty or muddy – it also makes a handy makeshift cagoule if you’re caught in a sudden downpour. We’ve gone for the excellent Matador Pocket Blanket 2 as our pick, it weighs just 37g yet expands to cover 110cm x 78cm. Magic!Shop now on Cuckooland
Gaffer tape – or strong adhesive cloth tape – can be a real lifesaver at festivals. From emergency tent repairs to assembling a campsite flagpole out of bamboo sticks, it’s versatility is its strength. The fact that it waterproof, super adhesive, can be torn by hand and peels off without leaving horrible marks makes it an essential item in every festival goer’s backpack. Available in a wide range of colours – but we like the original matt black.Compare on Shopomo
We think a good trolley is so essential that we wrote an entire article about finding the best festival trolley. At most festivals, the distance between the nearest public transport or car park can measured in miles not metres. And when you’re carrying your tent, clobber and a few slabs of ‘refreshments’ that becomes an almighty yomp*. This is when a well-built festival trolley with all-terrain wheels suddenly becomes your new best friend.
Stay away from the cheap and cheerful trolleys – the last thing you want is the wheels to fall off when you’re midway through a muddy field. We like VonHaus All-Terrain garden trolley – especially as Amazon has it on offer with £30 off the normal price. Solid, dependable and very affordable.
*YompShop now on Amazon
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