The Ultimate Music Festival Packing List

music festival packing list

It’s time to knock the dust off your disco boots as it’s the start of festival season! (well it is in Australia anyway). I bloody love festivals and have been to a quite a few around the world, and each time I always forget which essentials to pack to survive those burning hot days and freezing cold nights. So whether you’re going to Glastonbury or Strawberry Fields (like me this weekend), I’ve provided my ultimate festival packing list.


I always think I over-pack on toiletries, however I feel these really are the essentials to making it through a grueling couple of days without showering and very little sleep. No amount of dry shampoo however can rescue your hair from dreadlocking in the dirt.


  • Baby Wipes
  • Packet Tissues
  • Suncream
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Deodorant
  • Mosquito spray
  • Compact Mirror
  • Make up
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Hair Ties/Clips
  • Paracetamol
  • Rehydration sachets (lifesavers!)
  • Plasters
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • GLITTER! Tip: use hair gel to apply the glitter to your face/hair



Obviously this depends on what kind of festival you’re going to. For somewhere like Glastonbury you’re going to need a pair of good Wellies and a rain coat as the weather is so unpredictable, however for Aussie festivals you can probably get away with a decent pair of boots and a warm jacket for the night time.



  • Shorts – My Levis are ESSENTIAL
  • Mad Dresses/Skirts/Tops – go raid the vintage shops!
  • Fancy dress stuff – great for Bestival or Rainbow Serpent
  • Bralets or Bikinis
  • Wellies or Flat boots
  • Denim/fur jacket and/or rain mack
  • Leggings – crazy or normal, it’s your call
  • Jumper or hoodie x2
  • Warm socks
  • Enough underwear to last you the festival + an extra day
  • Warm clothing to sleep in like track pants or long pyjamas


I recommend taking at least two bags (three if you count a bum bag too) – one to carry all your stuff in and one to use during the day like a backpack to stash all your booze in. I like to take a mini purse too that I attach to my bag inside with a lanyard to save you rummaging around or worrying about someone swiping it.

A portable speaker is a MUST to get the vibe going around your campsite especially if you’re struggling by day three.


  • Main bag or backpack to carry everything in
  • Bum bag
  • A Daytime Backpack – useful for carrying a few beers in
  • Tent (if necessary)
  • Sleeping bag (if necessary)
  • Inflatable pillow (if necessary)
  • Sunnies
  • Torch
  • Mini Purse
  • Portable Speaker
  • Portable battery charger
  • Eyemask
  • Ear plugs
  • Cool box


It’s a good idea to  take a bit of your own food in with you for when you need a quick recharge. Festival food can be expensive but generally pretty tasty, but save yourself some cash and bring a few bites to eat to keep you going. Food that will last without being refrigerated or that doesn’t crush easily is the best. I also try and bring something with a bit of nutritional value too.


  • Cereal Bars
  • Protein Bars
  • Unsalted Nuts
  • Tangerines
  • Crisps
  • Bread and Peanut Butter


Oh and don’t forget the ultimate essential – BOOZE – check how much you’re allowed to bring into the festival first though as most festivals have restrictions.


  • Alcohol
  • Mixers for alcohol
  • More Alcohol
  • Did I mention Alcohol?

Let me know if you have any festival packing tips.



  1. November 16, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Love this post Katie thaks for sharing! Ah, yu have totally brought me back to my love and longing for festival season! wahhhh

    • Half A World Away
      November 16, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you! Ya can’t beat a good festival! You can actually count on the weather being nice over here too!

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