Festivals are unique experiences. Where else would you listen to a whole host of fantastic bands while sleeping (relatively) rough, not showering for days and eating a weird combination of different foods each day?

Surviving a festival is easy but what about keeping comfortable? Here are a few essentials that will get you through a festival weekend and make it one to remember too.

Selfie stick

They’re always shunned but these simple devices can transform your photos from a festival. Get shots of you and your friends together, capture the whole crowd mid-dance and show off the spectacular surroundings you’re staying in (be they muddy fields, the middle of the desert or a lush forest).

Easy energy

By day three of a long festival weekend, you might be flagging a little – be it from dancing, too much alcohol, or not enough sleep – it’s important to keep your energy levels up by drinking plenty of water and eating properly. The latter isn’t always possible, however, so get your hands on some glucose tablets to keep those energy levels up. Fruit works just as well in this respect but it can sometimes be difficult to come across at a festival and won’t keep well in your tent if you bring some from home!

Body wipes

Body wipes can help you to stay fresh after days without showering. These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes; from deodorising wipes and intimate wipes, through to huge towel-sized wipes that are the perfect way to refresh yourself.

Dry shampoo

This stuff works a treat on unwashed hair and it can instantly transform your style back to what it should be. Dry shampoo comes in all sorts of forms, including a volume-boosting variety that can give you big festival hair for the whole weekend.


Wellington boots are a must-have, especially if you’re going to a festival in the UK! Not only are these a stylish festival look but they’re practical too for all those puddles you wish to jump in.


This is so important, even if you don’t think you’re going to be directly in the sun. Sun damage can cause all sorts of problems including skin cancer and premature ageing. A high factor of 30-50 should protect you but make sure you reapply throughout the day.

If you can avoid sunburn, stay comfortable and alert, you’re going to have a fantastic time. No doubt you’ll still need to sleep for a few days afterwards but these festival tips will help you through. Let us know what your festival essentials are.