With Leeds, Reading and Glastonbury on the horizon in 2016, make sure you’re prepared with our handy (and cheap) shopping list
The hottest day of the year so far saw parts of the UK reach temperatures of 27-degrees yesterday, leaving bikini bathing Brits counting down to summer – and indeed a festival season.
Muddy feet, a dead battery, missing wet wipes, and a broken tent are just a handful of the festival fails that never fail to make an appearance, but, a little preparation goes a long way, especially when you start early.
With the warm season of music just around the corner, we’ve put together a handy list of gadgets, toiletries and miscellaneous goodies you need to pack this time around – to make your experience as trauma-free as possible.
1. Make up bag must haves
Festival style is a big deal – so it’s important to pack smart when it comes to your beauty stash.
Benefit Make Up’s Sugarlicious lip & cheek kit will keep you cheek bones and pout on point – adding a splash of colour to your glow the morning after the night before.
This refreshing Elderflower eye gel from The Body Shop is £7.50 and will cool down any dark circles for a fresh look in minutes.
If you’re prone to break outs, or want to avoid any cake-like foundation mishaps, invest in a pack of festival temporary tattoos from £5 at Topshop. They’ll disguise any flaws and you’ll look like a bohemian princess.
2. Argos 2 Man Dome Tent, £14.99
Argos sell a range of tents from £14.99 – like this budget unbranded one, but in our experience bigger is definitely better.
Even if there’s two of you aim for a four-man tent if you want to be able to move without ending up in your mate’s armpit. For £29.99 you can snap up this ProAction 5 Man Dome Tent.
3. How to stay clean, from £1
Wet wipes are the most valuable of festival essentials, so pack in abundance.
These Wet Ones sensitive antibacterial wipes are £1 at Asda, and you can also get this pack of Superdrug essential fragrance-free cleansing wipes for £1. Babywipes are great a quick makeshift shower – and they contain hardly any chemicals – this 64 pack of Little Star Fragrance Wipes is 79p at Superdrug or get three for two.
Next stop is deodorant. You’ll want one that can keep you smelling sweet (or odour-free) for at least eight-hours – and these Right Guard 72 hour anti-perspirants are currently down to £1 at Boots.
For the hair, Aussie’s quick fix miracle dry shampoo smells lush – plus it’ll banish greasy hair for at least 8 hours – get it for £2.29 at Boots UK.
And, don’t forget to pack sun cream, especially for the face. Superdrug has a wide range of creams for all skin types from £3 – and you can currently get your second bottle for half price.
4. Pack a mac, £2
Unless you’re heading abroad for your summer adventure, rain is most likely on the cards, so remember to pack yourself a mac – with a hood.
Asda George has a seriously cheap mac in a bag range from £2 – and we love thisBrave Soul Marble print mac that’s now down to £8 on ASOS.
5. Sleeping bag, £10
Unlike tents which vary in size and shape, sleeping bags are pretty much all the same – so you don’t need to splash out for one.
This ProAction single envelope sleeping bag from Argos will do the trick – and it’s only £9.99.
6. Millets EUROHIKE Flannel Pillow, £4
7. Wellies, £10.99
If you’re not ready to splash out £90 on Hunter wellies, Sports Direct is stockingDunlop, Kangol and Havaianas rubber boots from £10.99 – and you can choose from polkadot designs to plain pink or traditional camouflage.
8. Trendz Portable charger, £13
If you want to go for a charging solution that is a little more petite, this vintage bird print powerbank can give a whole extra battery to your smartphone.
It has smart LEDs to let you know how much charge is left inside, and yup, it even has a built-in torch to help light up your tent.
If 2016 marks your festival debut, you may want to pack some added home comforts, like this £4 Eurohike flannel pillow, or some comfy socks for bedtime.