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What should I take to Glastonbury Festival?
What tent should I take?
Here is our Glastonbury Festival Check-list and packing list….
Tickets – Not just the obvious festival tickets, but also your coach / train / tram tickets. Try to book travel tickets in advance where possible. Leaving it until the last minute runs the risk on not getting a seat, paying extra for late bookings and not being able to travel with your mates. You’ll need the tickets for the return journey too, so keep them safe, dry and clean.
National Express offer official services running direct to the festival coach station inside Worthy Farm for the 2015 festival.
National Express coaches run from Wednesday 24 June to Friday 26 June. The return coaches operate from Sunday 28 and Monday 29 June (from 2am). Plus, travelling with them means you are part of Glastonbury’s Green Traveller Initiative, so you’ll receive vouchers to get money off food and attractions when you arrive at the event.
Tent – Make sure you know how to put it up and that you’ve got all the right pegs and pieces before leaving. You wouldn’t believe how many people arrive in the dark and discover they don’t actually know how to pitch their brand new tent.
Tent sizes are measured in ‘berths’, which refers to the amount of people and luggage it can hold.
Some tents are purely designed for sleeping in (usually at the cheaper end of the price range) and some tents offer more luxury and living space, such as canopies that extent the width of the tent, offering a sunbathing/cooking area.
Consider your rucksack and gear as a person when choosing a tent, so if you have 2 people, you need the space for 2 people as well as 2 rucksacks. In this instance, a 4 berth tent will suffice for the minimum amount of room.
This is also why there are no 1 berth tents for 1 person, for a solo traveller, a 2 berth is ideal.
A 2 berth will suffice for one person, and at a squeeze could fit in 2 people. However, for comfort you will want more space- as much as you can afford.
Sleeping Bag / Pillow / Air Bed – Camping grounds aren’t particularly comfortable, having a mat and pillow to go with that sleeping bag helps save waking up in agony.
Tissues, Toilet Roll & Wet Wipes – Toilet roll often runs out, so it’s good to have your own back ups. Wet wipes help you to easily freshen up on the move.
Torch – Navigating back to your tent after an entire day of drinking is likely to end in disaster without light. It’s also essential for fiddling about in your tent at night, as you desperately try to take your contacts out and get into your sleeping bag.
ID – If you’re travelling abroad, you’ll have your passport anyway, but for domestic festivals having a driving license or other form of ID is often a requirement to get in. Glastonbury, for example, doesn’t let you in if your ID doesn’t match the name on the ticket! Check the festival terms and conditions beforehand.
Directions / Maps – If you’re driving, get organised and plan a proper route, even if it’s just making sure your satellite navigation knows where to go. Those using the trains and buses, make sure you know the correct stations and where to go when you arrive. When you arrive, grab a map of the site and mark on it exactly where your tent is located and where your car is parked if you’ve brought one.
Cash & Cards – Festival cash machines tend to charge you for use and also have large queues. To save wasting time once you’ve arrive, it’s best to get cash out before you go, but keep it safe and split it up into a few chunks in different bags and pockets.
Phone / Spare Chargers and Batteries – Fully charged and primed with all your friends’ digits. It’s likely to run out if you use it a lot, so try and stick to texts and leave it switched off while you sleep to save those vital bars. Portable chargers and spare battery are a bonus
Raincoat / Waterproofs – A must for British festivals, you never know what’s going to happen with the weather. Venues are likely to sell ponchos anyway, but they can be thin, poorly made and expensive, so it’s better to take your own.
Wellies / Walking Boots – Navigating huge mud marshes is harder than it looks and you will ruin your normal shoes or trainers during a muddy year at Glastonbury. They can be bought on site, but they tend to go very quickly and sometimes increase in price during wet year. Save yourself the bother of hunting around for a pair all day, enjoy the festival regardless of the weather.
Headgear – A cap, bandana or winter hat, depending on the weather, is always useful.
Spare Clothes & Shoes – Take enough clothing for each day of the festival, enough for changing after muddy mishaps and clean pairs of everything for trip home. Going all the way home wet and caked in mud is horrible for everyone involved. Combat trousers are best if you’re planning on carrying a lot around with you.
Underwear – Enough for the 5 days of the festival plus the odd spare incase of a wet festival
Sunnies – Keep your eyes happy. Outdoor stages can often be in front of the sun, leaving you blinded as you try to watch.
Flag – For the campsite to make it easier to find your tent, or to carry to the stages to help your freinds find you when they go to the bar and to spot yourself on the BBC Glastonbury coverage
Backpack with bladder packs – the great thing about Glastonbury is that you can take alcohol anywhere on site. Bladder packs are good for spirits and wine. Easy to carry, easy access to your drink, can fit other items in the back pack