My Top 10 Festival Essentials


 I thought I'd do a bit of a different post for you today and I hope you all enjoy it! So, it's coming up to festival season (although the weather doesn't look like it) and for some of you it'll be your very first time going. I hope this post will help you out with want to take, what not to take and some essentials you might need. I've been lucky enough to go to Leeds Fest twice (2010 & 2011) so kinda know what sort of stuff is essential. Obviously festivals aren't the most hygienic places and the lack of wash/shower facilities means there's a few tips and tricks that will help you stay clean throughout your time there. There's also the longggg walk from the drop of point, to the ticket gates and then to a space for your tent. With this is mind saving space and taking as little as possible is really important! I took too much both times and walking with heavy bags for an hour is killer! So here are my top 10 essentials...

Good Quality Makeup Wipes - Although there are sink/shower facilities there's normally not very many and the queues are often large. Not to forget you could be camped a 5/10 minute walk from the nearest station. Going back and forth every morning and night with your Liz Earle cleanser just isn't feasible. I like to take along good quality makeup wipes that cleanse and tone, to remove all traces of the days makeup and keep my skin feeling fresh! It'll also save space in your bag!

Baby wipes - Okay, so like I said before there are limited show facilities and normally hugggeee queues waiting for them too. Who wants to waste their time queuing for ages? It might sound a bit gross but I tend not to bother with showering whilst there, but just have a good tent wash with some baby wipes! Haha, it's not that bad! And just remember, everyone will be doing the same!

Good Quality Deodorant - This goes without saying. The lack of showers and hot, packed crowds. Yup, a good quality deodorant is needed. I'd also suggest checking the rules and regulations of the festival you're going to too, as some have rules as to what size aerosols you're allowed to take in with you.

Dry Shampoo - Definitely an essential to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh whilst you're there!

Toiletry Minis - With any toiletries you're going to take invest in minis or transfer products into travel pots. You want to keep your bag as light as possible. Walking to the camping site with heavy, heavy bags is me!

Hair Ties, Bands and Grips - If you're anything like me after the fist day or two you'll get annoyed with the wind blowing your hair in your face, it being caught by people walking behind you in crowds and becoming unmanageable because you can't wash and style it. There's nothing worse than wanting to tie your hair up and not having a hair tie, so be sure to take plenty!

Simple, Lightweight Makeup - So everyone wants to look lovely and fresh faced but the last thing you want is to spend ages doing makeup and having a heavy makeup face all day. Lightweight makeup that won't take too long is essential. Products like BB cream reduce the amount of products needed and time taken to apply them. Mix this with lashings of mascara and a quick flick of liquid eyeliner and your good to go!

Wellington Boots - These go without saying! It rain heavily the first second time I went to Leeds and with the amount of people walking around it gets boggy and doesn't dry out. I wouldn't even suggest any other footwear!

Over Shoulder Bag - It's horrible to say this as a festival is meant to be a happy, exciting place where people are friendly but people do and will steal. Within about 30 minutes of my first time at Leeds we were told not to leave any valuables in the tent as reports of stolen money and belongings had already come in! A good, secure over shoulder bag is essential. I would keep it on the small side and ones with hidden pockets for money are great!

Lightweight Clothing - Thin tops and denim shorts, always the festival staples! Lightweight clothing is great as it keeps to cool in the crowds and dries quickly if it rains. 

Most importantly of all...have a good time (how cheesy, haha!)

Kelsey xx

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to leeds this year cheers for the tips :) x


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