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Festival Survival Guide

With the festival season nearing and the music line ups nearly complete, we have put together a handy festival survival guide and packing list, perfect for whether your glamping at Glastonbury or jetting off for an overseas festival experience.

Survival Guide:

Festivals can be great fun and a fantastic experience with your friends. Take a look below at some of our festival hints and tips great whether you’re a seasoned festival goer or new to the festival scene.

Pack light
Only pack what you need, remember you will need to carry everything you pack to your camp site and back again at the end of the weekend. On the other hand this doesn’t mean leaving everything you need at home, there’s nothing worse than having to wear wet clothes all day! There are often small shops on site which you can buy daily amenities and camping comforts from, however using these for everything you have forgotten can work out expensive and inconvenient if out of stock. For more information on what to pack take a look below at our festival packing list.

Make a Plan
There’s nothing worse than going to a festival to see your favourite band or artist only to find you have missed them. Before setting off make a copy of the stage and band times as well as highlighting who you want to see at what time, take this opportunity to be aware of any band clashes.

Meeting place
It’s easy to get separated at a festival agree on a meeting place in case you lose each other, choose something easy to find such as a fair ground ride or a food stall.

Drink plenty of water
Drink plenty of water, familiarise yourself with the water points dotted around the camp site and arena. Refilling empty bottles will help you save money from buying bottled water all weekend.
Festival Packing

Sun Lotion
Having sun burn and heat stroke at a festival is never a good idea or a good look. If you burn easily don’t forget to wear sun lotion and take a sun hat, the weather can easily change during the day and this will save you from taking unnecessary trips to your tent.

Campsite Rules
Many festivals have campsite rules ranging from no glass onsite to no campsite fires. Check these out before packing, you don’t want to take up valuable packing space with forbidden items.

Gadget Insurance
Taking your tech? Don’t forget to protect your gadgets by buying a gadget insurance policy, click here for more information on our gadget insurance.

Store an emergency contact in your phone under the name of ICE (In case of Emergency). In the unfortunate event of an emergency, paramedics and emergency service professionals will know to use this contact.

Packing list:

The Essentials

  • Festival ticket
  • Cash and bank cards
  • Photo Identification e.g. driving licence
  • Tent
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Pillow
  • Torch
  • Toilet roll
  • Sun cream
  • Water
  • Food (Choose food which won’t spoil in warm weather)
  • Bin liners


  • Sensible footwear
  • Wellies
  • Ponchos or waterproof clothing
  • Warm jumper for the evenings
  • Sun hat
  • Socks and Underwear
  • Tops
  • Trousers and Shorts

Personal Extras and Toiletries:

  • Prescription medication
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses
  • Ear Plugs
  • Painkillers
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Baby wipes
  • Towel and soap
  • Flip-flops (for the shower)
  • Plasters
  • Camera
  • Contraception
  • A fancy dress outfit!

Let us know your top festival tips by tweeting them to @QuestorIns


Date Created: 20/04/2015

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