Travel Inspiration Travel Packing List Ideas U.K.

The Ultimate Glastonbury Packing List

June 13, 2017
Glastonbury is the best festival in the UK. Here's the ultimate Glastonbury packing list

Glastonbury success starts with the packing. Here’s your go-to Glastonbury packing list to ensure that you start the festival as you mean to go on (like a winner).

After 7 years of going to Glastonbury festivals, I’ve seen pretty much everything the festival can throw at you. The festival was a 32 degree boiling dustbowl on my first year (it sounds idyllic, until you wake up in a tent really hungover and feeling like your body has gone from 50-60% water to about 0.001% in the space of a few hours) and an absolute mudbath last year.  There’s also been every kind of weather in between.

So if there’s one thing I’ve learnt along the way, it is that it always pays to be prepared.

Now, there’s an art to packing for Glastonbury. Pack too much and you will curse the day you were born when you have to lug it all across a series of fields whilst becoming increasingly panicked that the only camping spots left are in a bog, river or right next to the smelliest loos. Pack too little and it can feel like you accidentally signed up to become Worzel Gummage for the course of five days.

I’ve seen loads of so-called “packing lists” for Glastonbury, some of which are frankly laughable. You’ll be much happier when you are not a sunburnt or soggy pile of misery than if you are wearing the latest summer trend, that is a fact. With that in mind, here is the ultimate Glastonbury packing list.

The Big Stuff

YOUR TICKET

Don’t be that muppet. It’s a long way to Tipperary but it’s an even longer way home on the journey of shame.

Money + Cards

While the festival might feel like an alternate world, it’s still one that largely runs on the capitalist system.

No money = no honey.

Tent

One that you can at least sit up in comfortably. Preferably with some sheltered patio space so you can have your breakfast cider with your mates feeling dry and cosy – even if it is raging a storm outside. If there are a few of you a tent with a large indoor space is a great buy. 
This one’s great for 1-2 people. This one’s great for 3-4 people.

Just make sure you know how to put it together. We’ve all seen this person.

Glastonbury packing list - make sure you have a good tent

Sleeping Bag

Because hypothermia is something to avoid. Stay warm folks, stay warm.

Snugpak sleeping bags are super comfy but come without the hefty price tag.

Comfortable Sleeping Mat or Airbed

Because you’re worth it. Don’t buy the super thin sleeping mats, they’re pretty useless at stopping the cold ground seeping into your bones during a chilly spell. This one’s wonderful. I’ll admit that in the last few years, I’ve gone all out with this airbed. Don’t forget the pump.

Sleeping at a festival.

If you take my advice, you will sleep the sleep of a pampered angel like this lady. (c) Adobe.

Inflatable Pillow

Inflatable PillowCricked necks make for grumpy starts.

Inflatable pillows at least give you a fighting chance.

Eyemask

Glasto is right after the longest day of the year. Which means it starts getting light at an unconscionable hour. If you’ve managed to be responsible enough to go to bed before 4.30am, it’s a bit of a downer being woken up at that time anyway.

Go a step up from the airline ones and get one that will actually work.

Earplugs

Self-explanatory really. Listening to other people’s late night/ early morning soulful chats can be amusing before it just isn’t and you want to go to sleep.

Reusable Water Bottle

Bobble Bottle

Save plastic, save your pennies – there are refill spots absolutely everywhere. 
Bobble Bottles filter the water using a nifty system, or a metal bottle is always useful.

On the subject of reusable stuff, please do pay your £5 deposit when you order your first pint for a reusable pint cup for the festival. It saves a tonne of plastic and it doesn’t cost you anything as long as you give it back.

Portable Battery Pack

Buy a power pack that’s hefty enough for several charges and will last you through the festival.

Still haven’t found one better than this power pack. It’s a bit hefty but so useful.

Phone

You will get separated from your friends, horribly lost and end up chanting in the healing fields with some new-found bezzies.

Always bring a phone to Glastonbury Festival

“You’re my best friend ever, I know we’ve only known each other for two minutes but I think we’re going to be lifelong friends forever. Let me just gently strum on my uke to cement our relationship” (c) Adobe.

When you do decide to return to the fold, you can use your phone to tell people where to find you. Plus the Glastonbury app is very handy.

Torch

Head torch

Pretty? No. Practical? Yes.

Guy ropes are really useful things. They are also the arbiters of death when you are trying to navigate through a swarm of tents in pitch black. If you get a head torch you don’t even have to go through the bother of holding it (and can clutch your last cider of the day instead). #multi-tasking.

Stay classy, stay true with this beaut of a head torch.

Blanket

Useful if it gets super chilly at night, for wrapping your head in when you feel absolutely awful or sunburnt and good for sitting on too.

When the sun is just too fierce, blankets are there to help.

Duct Tape

Just trust me on this. Tent rips, bag rips, air mattress leaks. Duct tape has your back.

Bin Bags

Impromptu picnic mats, rain macs, weather-proofing for bags, weather-proofing for clothes in a leaky tent. And you can actually use them to dispose rubbish into too. Cray.

Clothing and Accessories

Wellies

You should always have wellies on your packing list for Glastonbury

It gets a lot worse than this folks. Welly up.

Believe it or not, these do not have to be Hunter. Just make sure they are comfortable, if you end up wearing them, you’ll be walking long distances (last year I rocked up 18km per day). Don’t go with the mid-calf ones – in a really bad year, the mud is deeper than they are and that is a sad situation to be in.

Dunlop wellies are really comfortable – and no, they’re not a fashion statement. But you can use the extra £75 you save on buying champagne and raclette instead.

Welly Socks

Because welly rub is the worst and snazzy welly socks are the best.

Rainmac

Rain MacGo one step up from the ones that are basically plastic bags, they get too sweaty for words. Breathable folks. Breathable. You won’t regret it.

I say go for the neon green mac.

Sunglasses

The sun does actually shine at Glastonbury. Even when it’s just finished raining like the world is ending.

Sun shining at Glastonbury right after the rain. You have to pack for every kind of weather!

Sunglasses stop your eyes from melting and hide the massive bags that have taken over your face by Sunday.

A Thick Jumper

Preferably one decorated with llamas and in ridiculous colours.

A Pair of Shorts

Get those legs out in the fresh air.

T-Shirt/ Light Top

Do I need to explain to you why you need clothes? I sincerely hope not.

Crazy Leggings - Must have for your festival wardrobe

Leggings

The jazzier the better. That goes for both men and women. Check these baddies out (girls). Guys, this one’s for you.

A Bum Bag

I really wish that bum bags weren’t mildly controversial in day to day life. They’re really useful and you can buy them in gold. Gold.

Hat

Snapback, floppy, outright ridiculous – just bring something to help shield your face from the elements. You’ll look haggard enough by Monday and every little helps.

Bikini Top

If you are feeling really hopeful. The weather forecast can help you make this call closer to the day.

Whatever you Need to Make Yourself Look Like Your Best Festival Self

Glastonbury Festival Costume Should Be top Of Your Packing List

In my case, that’s glitter. Plus a touch of gold stuff (hats, bumbags) and some red lipstick.

 

Food and Drink

Case of Beer or Cider (or a Box of Wine)

You should always pack some cider for Glastonbury

It’s tempting to bring in loads of booze but carrying it is an absolute bitch and it all ends up warm anyway. That said, warm cider isn’t the worst thing in the world (or is that just me?).

Cereal Bars

There are loads of amazing food stalls at Glastonbury but sometimes the idea of getting dressed and going out for breakfast is just too much. This is when the cereal bar really shines.

Keeping Clean

Wet Wipes

They are about to become your new best friend. Wet wipe showers are almost as refreshing as the real deal (kind of) and you don’t have to queue for hours for them.

Toilet Roll

Again, another one I don’t think I need to explain. Have some on you at all times.

Deodorant

Good smells are better than bad smells.

Hand Sanitiser

Cleanliness is next to godliness. That’s what the windbags say anyway. These guys look fine.

Pack stuff to keep clean at Glastonbury

(c) Shawn Perez

Suncream

Sunburn is not inevitable and it’s miserable.

Camping Towel

Light, dries quickly and useful for flicking at other tent-dwellers when they do annoying things like being chirpy in your vicinity before 11am.

Toothbrush + Toothpaste

See comment for deodorant.

Dry Shampoo

I’ve never used it (afro hair) but have friends that swear by it.

If You Want to Go All Out

Camping Stove

You can cook breakfast and feel smug whilst sipping your morning coffee without having to move more than a few metres.

If you buy a portable stove, don’t forget the .

Cool Box

Gives you a fighting chance of having semi-cold beer, cider and wine for at least a few days. Don’t worry though. Help always comes to those who run out…

Don't worry about packing too much alcohol as there are lots of bars at Glasto!

Breakfast Food

The queues at breakfast are long. Eating breakfast and catching up on everyone’s “you won’t believe what happened last night” stories outside the tent is practically a rite of passage.

Coffee

It’s a festival, not the end of the world. Coffee must be had in the morning.

Camping Chair

Always a splitter: is the pleasure of sitting in a camping chair worth the hassle of having to carry it all day? I go with yes, but you can decide.

Do Not Bother With

Hair Straighteners

It’s a festival, not a fashion show.

Gazebos

They are heavy and take up loads of space.

Glass Bottles

All your drinks and any other items like perfumes must be in plastic bottles. They will confiscate any glass ones they find.

Finally. Preachy but Necessary.

As someone who has seen the full-scale destruction and horror that is the Glastonbury site on a Monday afternoon, when people have strolled off and left pretty much everything behind for someone else to clean up I want to stress how important it is that you love the farm and leave no trace. If you could bring it in, you can bring it out. That goes for your tent, your camping chair, your gazebo that you didn’t need to bring in the first place. Everything. Bring it home with you. Don’t be a tosser.

Have a wonderful festival folks. I fully expect to bump into you at dawn by the stone circle.  I hope you’ve found this useful. Share with anyone else who will do too!

Festival packing can be an absolute nightmare to get right. Here's the ultimate Glastonbury packing guide. Fashion, style, hacks, here are all the tips you need to do the festival like a pro.

Heading to Glastonbury music festival this summer? Check out our packing list with all the products and clothes you need to bring. It's taken eight years but we have festival packing down to a fine art. Here's how you can too!

You Might Also Like

13 Comments

  • Reply Monika @ My Food & Happiness June 13, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I have never been to a Glastonbury festival, but I can tell the one thing that should go on top of anyone’s list are wellies! Good to be prepared when you are camping anywhere and your list will definitely allow people to prepare well, especially if you don’t know what to expect!

    • Reply Julianna Barnaby June 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      If you love festivals, I’d always recommend giving Glastonbury a try! Wellies are a must!

  • Reply Milana's Travels June 14, 2017 at 2:01 am

    A comfortable sleeping bag can definitely make or break the trip! This is a great list for anyone attending. Especially the little things you’d never think to bring, like toilet paper.

  • Reply Only By Land June 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

    This is a very in depth guide to what to pack for Glastonbury. Welly socks are something I would never have thought about! The most obvious one is booking your ticket, it must be embarrassing arriving without one! A tent cover so you can sit drinking with friends sounds useful too as does the Glastonbury app.

    • Reply Julianna Barnaby June 14, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Welly socks are crucial! I’ve been before without and wellies rub if you walk around in them lots without decent socks or trousers. Booking the ticket is definitely crucial, but so is remembering to bring it!

  • Reply kidsandcompass June 14, 2017 at 11:36 am

    You’ve thought of everything! I’m with you on the air bed suggestion – roughing it sleeping on the ground is really not worth it. I would never have thought of duct tape so that’s a great idea! An indispensable list for anyone going to a festival.

  • Reply Claire Summers June 14, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    LOVE this list! I’m so sad I won’t be at Glasto this year and this list has given me serious festival blues hahaha. I’m a ‘go all out’ festival goer, I took my stove, food and A LOT of beer haha. If you can cope with lugging it in to the campsite its so worth it!

    • Reply Julianna Barnaby June 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks Claire! Sorry you’re not going to be there but sounds like you’ve had plenty of festival packing practice 👌

  • Reply Ali May June 14, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Seems like you’ve covered it all – and I’m sure you have seen some really crazy things in your 7 years of attending Glastonbury. Do people seriously leave their gazebo’s behind? That’s so not cool.

    • Reply Julianna Barnaby June 14, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      I feel like I’ve seen it all 😂 but each year I love it more! Yep, they do – not cool at all!

  • Reply Yukti June 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

    So many things for packing and very interesting ideas. Keeping clean things like deodorants and hand sanitize-rs are must for me. After booking for Glastonbury tickets i will again review this for packing things.

  • Reply Diana Chen June 18, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Glastonbury looks like so much fun! I go to Lollapalooza every year but it’s not a camping festival so I would definitely need your tips for when I actually go to a camping festival! Great tip about duct tape – it is such a life essential, I always bring a baby roll with me whenever I travel.

  • We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

    %d bloggers like this: