So August has come and gone and I can’t believe it’s now September already! I was really excited for the Bank Holiday weekend, as Terri and I went to Leeds Festival again (our 4th time in a row!). The line up this year looked absolutely amazing and certainly didn’t disappoint! I got to see so many of my favourite bands (Neck Deep, Amity Affliction, You Me At Six, plus a secret set from Don Broco!) as well as my all time favourite artist Eminem!
I always struggle with packing because every time I say to myself that I won’t pack much, and then I end up taking loads! This year the weather was looking a bit hit and miss so I had to pack enough clothes to cover any weather eventuality.
I think the best thing to do is layer up; I tend to pack light summer dresses along with tights and a jumper for when it gets cold in the evening. A waterproof jacket is also a must! Luckily this year it was nice and sunny and didn’t rain, but I had packed my wellies and waterproof just in case, but fortunately they weren’t needed.
Some festival packing essentials include:
- Wet wipes / dry shower gel – to help keep you fresh!
- Phone power bank
- A cosy sleeping bag
- Alcohol – this fruity cider from Cranes is perfect for a summer festival! (just remember to decant it into a plastic bottle as festivals don’t usually allow glass in)
- Sunglasses / wellies / waterproofs
- A tent large enough for you and your luggage
- A rucksack to carry it all in!
We used the Outwell Encounter 3 man tent which we managed to put up ourselves and was the perfect size! It was very quick and easy to get set up and we had enough space to store our bags in the roomy porch area. Plus, the double doors and ventilation were very welcome when we woke up very warm each morning! I slept in the Berghaus Transition 200W sleeping bag which kept me snug as a bug. It’s designed especially for women with a wider fit through
the hips and a shorter body, along with a mummy shaped cosy hood.
We also packed some glitter and face gems with us so that we had ALL THE SPARKLE! Plus, check out my snazzy rose gold sunglasses
! Terri had some glitter adhesive which came in a set from Primark I believe, but I’ve heard that vaseline or clear hair gel can work just as well to stick glitter to your skin. I bought a couple of little tubs of glitter from Ali Express a few weeks beforehand, and the gems I picked up in Home Bargains over summer.
Leeds Festival 2017
Overall we had an amazing weekend at Leeds Fest! We camped in the Guest Area which is a quiet camp site which you can’t normally buy tickets for, but this year the Festival Ambassadors were selling guest tickets for a limited time only for the same price as normal tickets! If this offer is on again next year then I thoroughly recommend it, it makes the whole festival experience so much more enjoyable.
The guest area is right next to the main stage so there’s no tiring long walk back to your tent in the evening, and the car park is only a short walk away too. There are better toilet facilities and a Guest Bar in a marquee with a DJ who plays until late. This is also where the press area is, and you might even get to spot a couple of celebs too!
The whole festival seemed really well organised this year. I didn’t have any set clashes so I got to see all my favourite bands, and the crowds were kept under control whilst there were thousands of people in one place to see Eminem. They also had a great variety of food available (although it’s not cheap!) and I enjoyed their street food section which sold burritos, curried chicken, falafel, and the most delicious ostrich burgers ever!
Check out some of my pics from the weekend…