fireworks during Foo Fighters performance on Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2017 Music festival
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Go to Glastonbury? Don’t forget to pack these

The tickets are sold, and in June approximately 200,000 wellie-wearing festival goers will descend on Worthy Farm in Somerset for four days of the best music, great parties, good food, and sleeping on the ground without showering. Welcome to Glastonbury, but have you packed the right festival gear?

View of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset, UK

Packing for Glastonbury for the first time can be confusing. Glastonbury Festival in 2017 was my first Glastonbury, and I had very little experience with festivals beforehand. There was a group of about 10 of us, including two of my housemates at the time that had a bit of a wager going on how well I’d cope. I’m not exactly known for “roughing it”. I had to put a lot of thought into what to take beyond my outfits. If you are one of the lucky ones to have a ticket this year, you may already be thinking about what to take with you.

I’ve got four Glastonbury Festivals under my belt now and it is honestly such an incredible experience, but very full on. Taking just the right amount of stuff that you don’t feel like you are dying before even getting to the campsite but that you have everything you need is key!

Here’s my list of Glastonbury Festival packing essentials to have the best possible experience.

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The Ultimate Glastonbury Packing List

Packing the Glastonbury basics

  • A sturdy, comfortable backpack (this is the one I use)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Air mattress – you may think all you need is a sleeping bag but the ground is so uneven and hard! I lasted one night my first time before I picked one up at the festival general store. It’s coming with me again next time!
  • Wellies – Invest in comfy ones and I’d recommend putting some gel inserts in them. The festival involves a lot of walking and standing and even my Hunter wellies were hurting my feet by Sunday night. I am quite lucky with size 3 feet as I can buy kid’s ones! If you drove and weather is dry you could always leave these in the car.
  • Hiking boots – After 2016 brought feet of mud to the festival, 2017 was the opposite – hot and almost completely dry. It’s best to have a pair of sturdy shoes that you can wear in the heat too.
  • Tent – go for something lightweight and easy to assemble, but something you can use again (don’t be that person that leaves their tent there please).
  • Collapsible jerry can for getting water (tip – fill it at night so you don’t have to queue up in the morning with a hangover!)
  • Tape – broken tents, wellies etc just happen!
  • battery packs and charging cables – there are some charging points/battery pack swaps about but I took a Juice battery pack and it lasted me the entire time in 2024, which included a lot of group chats and I was having a daily video chats with my daughter.
  • Lots of things you can layer – you get every kind of weather here and it can go from boiling to really cold very quickly. Take things you can layer without going back to your tent.
Tents and flag in one of Glastonbury Festival's camping areas

Go green by packing eco-friendly essentials

Glastonbury Festival has a great reputation for trying to be as sustainable as possible, but it can only really achieve that if its festival-goers do their part. And, for the first time, its organisers have banned the use of single use plastic, meaning having reusable bottle/cups is more important than ever. Here’s a few things you can take to Glastonbury Festival to be a more eco-friendly attendee:

Recommended essentials to pack for Glastonbury

  • Toiletries including toothpaste, deodorant, body sprays
  • Wet wipes – plastic free Water Wipes are great!
  • Hand sanitizer (a lot of it!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks (breakfast bars are always good to tide over before grabbing something out
  • Hip flask – for carrying around a bit of extra drink

Beauty and girly must-haves to pack for festivals

  • A cleansing face cloth  – a must when washing your face is difficult. But just accept most of that glitter is staying on there no matter how much you scrub.
  • A she wee – Right, easily the worst part of Glastonbury is the loos and by Sunday you are not going to want to go anywhere near them. I also managed to find some female urinals at one point, so so much better! There were flowers and scented sprays in them.

Other things to consider packing for Glastonbury Festival

A flag

If you’ve watch Glastonbury on television, you may have thought like me that the flags were just a way for people to express themselves and spot themselves on television. Turns out it’s the only way to locate your friends if you need to go for a wee before the headline act. Also really useful for finding your tent at the end of the night!

A camp chair

At first, I though packing a camp chair seemed like unnecessary extra weight and I regretted bringing it about halfway to the campsite. But it came in handy, whether it was at quieter stages/acts or when we were grouping back at the tent. On Sunday I was so exhausted I took a nap in mine by the Pyrimid stage between acts.

First aid

  • Berocca or multivitamins – You won’t be sleeping much, you might be drinking, and you’ll probably need to keep your immune system in tact somehow
  • Rehydration salts – hot sun, drinking alcohol, probably not drinking enough water to avoid needing a wee during the headline act, not wanting to have a hangover. I did a sachet
  • Medicines – definitely take some stuff to help with any stomach issues and paracetamol
  • Include a small first aid kit with bandaids/antiseptic cream

A trolley

A fold-up trolley– great for a modest amount of stuff. Chuck as much stuff as possible inside to make the walk to the campsite more pleasant. However – these often break. Glastonbury has claimed a lot of these!

A shower tent

By this I mean a little stand-up tent which you can either use one of those solar shower bags or just wash in a bucket.

A festival goer waves a flag at the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival 2017

And what not to pack for Glastonbury

  • Anything too heavy – it’s a long trek to the campsites
  • Playsuits (again, bathroom situation isn’t great!)
  • Large coolers. my friends brought one when we went and I feel like we hardly used it/any beers inside still went warm on day one. It was just an annoyance as all 5’0 of me was then needed to carry the tent.
  • Lots of food. Definitely take snacks and if you are on a super budget, bring some, but the food stalls are just so nice I don’t even think we ate most of the stuff we took. I still dream about some of the lovely food I ate there!
  • Anything glass isn’t allowed into the festival for safety reasons. Decant any extra tipple you want to take into a reusable bottle or hip flask.
  • Items you plan to leave behind! Don’t leave your rubbish, tents, or anything like that behind/on the ground.
  • Single-use plastic if it can be avoided.
  • Anything that you can grab from the onsite co-op (great for snacks and mixers)

From all the stuff I’ve listed to ‘survive’ the festival, you’d almost think that it wasn’t for me. But, even though I was exhausted and probably smelly, the moment after I was home I wanted to go back! It really is a completely other world and an unforgettable experience. Hopefully being prepared with everything you need will help you enjoy it as much as I did!

Here’s a full list of everything I recommend taking:

  • Your ticket!!!
  • wallet
  • phone
  • parking pass (if needed)
  • bum bag or other lightweight bag
  • battery packs and charging cables
  • water bottle
  • reusable coffee cup
  • a tent
  • air mattress and pump
  • travel pillow
  • sleeping bag
  • sunglasses
  • sun cream
  • waterproof jacket
  • hiking boots
  • wellies*
  • lots of layers
  • some fancy dress*
  • socks/underwear
  • shower tent
  • collapsable bucket/jerry can/shower bag
  • headtorch
  • something to sit on
  • a few snacks
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • toiletries
  • make-up remover
  • body spray in non-glass container
  • hair brush/bands/clips
  • toilet paper/packs of tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • water wipes
  • she-wee*
  • some drinks/hip flask
  • rehydration salts
  • multi vitamins
  • first aid kit (plasters/antiseptic cream/painkillers
  • duct tape
  • rubbish bag (although have started seeing these at campsites)
  • ear plugs/eye ask
  • trolly*
  • portable fan
  • flag

Need more packing tips for your next trip? Check out my tips for long flights here.

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One Comment

  • Nancy

    I haven’t heard of Glastonbury before but festivals are great! I love these tips for preparing for the festival. Oh yesssss, air mattresses make a huge difference when you’re sleeping out! I like that there are some green solutions, like bringing reusable and disposable products that don’t harm the environment. Even though I am not going to Glastonbury, these are useful tips for other festivals I may go to!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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