Festival Guide 2015* ♥

It’s officially festival season, and it’s now only 4 weeks away until me and Terri head off to Leeds fest for our third year in a row! I’m super excited, and am really looking forward to seeing some of my favourite bands Don Broco, Bring Me The Horizon, and Mumford and Sons. In preparation for my festival weekend, I’ve started thinking about what I will need to pack, and have been checking out the Zalando festival guide for some ideas and festival style inspiration. 
Last year we were really lucky with the weather (check out my outfits here) and it was nice and sunny and warm for the whole weekend. I wore skirts and tops and then layered up with jumpers and a jacket in the evening, and this kept me snug enough. Fingers crossed we will be lucky again this year, and hopefully this horrible rain will stop! 
I find the best things to wear are dresses as they’re so easy to just throw on and can then layer up afterwards, and can be really easily accessorised too. I generally wear tights with long socks on top, and sometimes an extra pair of socks so that my wellies are comfy! If you ever contemplate wearing any footwear other than wellies to a festival… don’t. You need wellies whatever the weather!  

Here’s my list of festival essentials to pack this summer:

  • Wellies  – probably best if you can wear them in a bit too to avoid painful blisters
  • Long/thick socks – to wear under your wellies and in your sleeping bag at night
  • Waterproof coat – even if it’s just a cheap poncho.. there’s nothing worse than being cold and wet all weekend!
  •  Snacks – we tend to pack things that are individually wrapped like crisps and cereal
    bars for when we get a bit peckish.
  • Drink – Make sure you drink plenty of water.. you can take your own bottle and refill it. Don’t forget you’re not allowed to take glass bottles into the
    festival, so alcohol-wise I recommend cocktails in bags. Don’t forget your plastic
    cups! 
  •  Wet wipes/tissues/plasters – Don’t forget these! Wipes like these from Savvy Travelers will always come in handy when on the go.
  • Make up, toiletries and mirror – I try to take minimal make up along
    with me, and also a little mirror and mini hair spray and dry shampoo to keep myself looking slightly presentable. This year I’m also taking some fun neon hair mascara and nail art! And don’t forget your hand sanitizer and sun cream too!
  • Portable battery charger – Smart phones never last long on
    their battery, and being in a field means it’s impossible to charge up
    your phone (unless you pay crazy prices). But there are loads of portable phone chargers available these days, and this year I’m going to try out a solar powered one to hopefully keep my phone juice topped up. 
  •  Glasses/sunglasses – A festival essential.. don’t forget these!
  • Disposable BBQ – I have only very recently had my first BBQ experience at home using a little disposable BBQ from Home Bargains, which was only £3.99, and it was a great success! They’re ideal to take to festivals (most do allow them in campsites) and they are really great at cooking sausages! Home Bargains is great for picking up cheap bits for festivals, and they currently have a festival range in at the moment featuring loads of low price goodies!
  • Wellies (obviously)
  • Long/thick socks – to wear under your wellies and at bed time
  • Waterproof coat – I took a little polka dot mac in a bag
    which I bought years ago from Home Bargains for £3, but luckily we
    didn’t get caught in any rain!
  •  Snacks – Terri and I packed a massive bag of food to keep us
    going throughout the weekend. The best bits were Pom Bears, cereal
    bars, Milky Ways, and Ritz crackers. 
  • Drink – As well as a water bottle to keep hydrated, we also
    took some booze along with us so we didn’t have to pay the crazy
    festival prices! You’re not allowed to take glass bottles into the
    festival, so cocktails in bags worked well. Don’t forget your plastic
    cups! 
  •  Wet wipes/tissues/plasters – These are all needed to ensure a
    little bit of cleanliness, and the plasters were a lifesaver for me as
    my wellies rubbed the backs of my feet!
  • Make up, toiletries and mirror – I took minimal make up along
    with me, and also a travel mirror which is actually quite big and only
    99p from Home Bargains! I also took my Balance Me face moisturiser, as
    well as mini sized hairspray and dry shampoo to help maintain my hair a
    little.
  • Portable battery charger – Smart phones never last long on
    their battery, and being in a field means it’s impossible to charge up
    your phone (unless you pay crazy prices). So I took along a  Energizer Portable Power Smartphone Charger which helped to keep my phone juice topped up. 
  •  Glasses/sunglasses – If you’re eyesight is pretty poor like
    mine, no doubt you wouldn’t be able to see what was going on on stage at
    the festival, so glasses are essential. Although I normally refrain
    from wearing glasses at all times except for driving, I needed to take a
    pair along with me to Leeds Fest, so I took my normal glasses with me,
    as well as some prescription Ray Ban sunglasses. I’ve had my normal
    glasses for a few months now, and I think I’ve finally found a pair that
    I don’t mind wearing out in public. My Karl Lagerfeld ones from Glasses Direct
    have a tortoiseshell frame and I love the shape of them! If you’re a
    bit unsure about what glasses would suit you, Glasses Direct offer a
    great free trial service so you can try before you buy! 

– See more at: http://www.victorias-vintage.co.uk/2014/09/packing-for-leeds-festival.html#sthash.u2zjpD5z.dpuf

  • Wellies (obviously)
  • Long/thick socks – to wear under your wellies and at bed time
  • Waterproof coat – I took a little polka dot mac in a bag
    which I bought years ago from Home Bargains for £3, but luckily we
    didn’t get caught in any rain!
  •  Snacks – Terri and I packed a massive bag of food to keep us
    going throughout the weekend. The best bits were Pom Bears, cereal
    bars, Milky Ways, and Ritz crackers. 
  • Drink – As well as a water bottle to keep hydrated, we also
    took some booze along with us so we didn’t have to pay the crazy
    festival prices! You’re not allowed to take glass bottles into the
    festival, so cocktails in bags worked well. Don’t forget your plastic
    cups! 
  •  Wet wipes/tissues/plasters – These are all needed to ensure a
    little bit of cleanliness, and the plasters were a lifesaver for me as
    my wellies rubbed the backs of my feet!
  • Make up, toiletries and mirror – I took minimal make up along
    with me, and also a travel mirror which is actually quite big and only
    99p from Home Bargains! I also took my Balance Me face moisturiser, as
    well as mini sized hairspray and dry shampoo to help maintain my hair a
    little.
  • Portable battery charger – Smart phones never last long on
    their battery, and being in a field means it’s impossible to charge up
    your phone (unless you pay crazy prices). So I took along a  Energizer Portable Power Smartphone Charger which helped to keep my phone juice topped up. 
  •  Glasses/sunglasses – If you’re eyesight is pretty poor like
    mine, no doubt you wouldn’t be able to see what was going on on stage at
    the festival, so glasses are essential. Although I normally refrain
    from wearing glasses at all times except for driving, I needed to take a
    pair along with me to Leeds Fest, so I took my normal glasses with me,
    as well as some prescription Ray Ban sunglasses. I’ve had my normal
    glasses for a few months now, and I think I’ve finally found a pair that
    I don’t mind wearing out in public. My Karl Lagerfeld ones from Glasses Direct
    have a tortoiseshell frame and I love the shape of them! If you’re a
    bit unsure about what glasses would suit you, Glasses Direct offer a
    great free trial service so you can try before you buy! 

– See more at: http://www.victorias-vintage.co.uk/2014/09/packing-for-leeds-festival.html#sthash.u2zjpD5z.dpuf

 Wellies: Barbour | Socks: Primark | Pac-a-mac: Home Bargains | Dress: Miss Guided | Hairband: Home Bargains 
 All of the above: Home Bargains
 Water Cup: Home Bargains | Solar Powered Phone Charger: Maplin | Torch: Poundland
 BBQ: Home Bargains

Yummy!

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  1. July 28, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Love your tips! I just returned from volunteering at Latitude festival and it was so fun. Disposable BBQs are great, but they really shouldn't go on grass, they should be perched on bricks due to the fire risk, or tin cans can work. Another really good option is the bucket bbqs, they are fairly cheap (about £10) and reusable. We managed to boil pots of water on ours too :).
    I wish I was going to Leeds! Have a great time!

    Hannah xx
    http://hannahemilylane.blogspot.co.uk

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