Festival Essentials: Highlander Sleeping Bag

Festival Essentials: Highlander Sleeping Bag

Anyone who has been to a festival (or camping in general) knows the pain it can cause trying to get comfortable enough to sleep. Having the right equipment is one hurdle, but having good enough quality equipment is another, and while you don’t need to spend a fortunate it is something I’ve learnt the hard way over the years.

I’ve slept in pop-up tents and the rubbish one layer £10 tents from Asda at festivals which leak the second even a speck of rain drops or they physically collapse if it gets any heavier (which is likely at some festivals). Sleeping bags are the other most important camping item and having a bad one can ruin your experience.

Regardless of how warm the daytime is generally when you stumble into your tent in the early hours after watching great music and downing a few too many pints the weather drops and it gets virtually arctic. Days where you don suncream and manage to not need wellie boots and jackets turn sub zero and leave your teeth chattering and your body cold.


When I was offered the chance to review a sleeping bag from Planet Camping I was absolutely over the moon as this summer I am heading to not one but six camping festivals (Rock Am Ring/ Download/ Glastonbury/ Boardmasters/ V/ Reading) so it will come in super useful.

I was sent the Highland Voyager Ultra Compact Lite Sleeping Bag* and the first thing which I noticed was for once compact means compact. I’ve had sleeping bags in the past claiming to be compact but they were far from it. When you’re going to a festival space is of the essence so having a good sleeping bag which fits into a small space is a massive pro especially when it’s also super light (this one weighs just 1.2kg!) After pulling it out from the bag the next test was getting it back in which is something sleeping bags sometimes fall down on. Fortunately, this bag was pretty easy to get back into the same size bag *hooray*.

Highland Voyager Ultra Compact Lite Sleeping Bag

I sleep on my side which isn’t always the easiest thing to do in a sleeping bag, but fortunately, the Highland Voyager is a really comfortable size and moves quite easily when I want to change sleeping positions. The zip is anti-snag which is great news as when I had my sleeping bag last year it kept snagging and eventually broke! Another great little feature is the inside security pocket which is the perfect size for your mobile. I’ve always been very lucky at festivals to camp in the right places and never be targetted by thieves but it’s always best to be careful.

With my first festival in less than three months *eek* I am super excited to try this out properly and see how it holds up. Especially as it has anti-bacterial treatment which is designed to ward off unwanted insects something I absolutely hate!

You can check out all the sleeping bags that Planet Camping offer right here so if you’re heading to a festival or just planning some summer camping you can prepare yourself.

Do you go to festivals? What essentials do you take when camping?


  1. March 12, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I am not sure the last time I bought a sleeping bag but it was for a church concert in Germany and I think we still have them at my parents house. This one looks awesome and comfortable

  2. March 12, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I am not sure the last time I bought a sleeping bag but it was for a church concert in Germany and I think we still have them at my parents house. This one looks awesome and comfortable

  3. fashion-mommy
    March 13, 2016 / 11:44 am

    That does seem like a great sleeping bag and one I’m sure you will get a lot of use out of this summer.

  4. March 14, 2016 / 12:07 am

    Awww wow I love this so much very cool. And I am going to the Slam Dunk Festival is year so cant wait.

  5. Elizabeth
    March 14, 2016 / 6:15 am

    What temperatures is it good in? This looks like just the sort of sleeping bag I’d need for my epic 250 mile mountain bike cycle through the highlands of Scotland to the summit of Ben Nevis this June!

    • Rhian Westbury
      March 14, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      It’s more for Spring/ Summer so it depends how cold it would be. The website says +18 to -7 degrees. It’s a season 1/2 sleeping bag x

      • Elizabeth
        March 15, 2016 / 7:02 am

        It’ll be June, so not too hot and not too cold. 🙂

        • Rhian Westbury
          March 16, 2016 / 9:50 am

          It should be absolutely fine then!

  6. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    March 14, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    A good sleeping bag is essential at a festival. It can be hard enough to get a good nights sleep as it is.

  7. March 14, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I’d be inclined to agree with you that you don’t want to scrimp on those things. You need to be comfortable!

  8. March 14, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    A good sleeping bag is sooo important! I remember freezing at Reading Festival even though I had a really good one :/

  9. March 14, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I love those framed festival wristbands!!! That’s such a great idea, I have so many shoved in a drawer that I never know what to do with.

    • Rhian Westbury
      March 14, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      I have three full ones so far, hoping to have another one full after this year 😀 They make such great pieces of art x

  10. Rachael Phillips
    March 14, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    I’m going to be honest, festivals are not for me. I prefer a good hotel than a sleep in the field type breaks lol I know, complete wuze right?

  11. Cassandra Mayers
    March 14, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Its good to know you can move about in it. I always end up getting stuck in mine haha

  12. Leanne Dolan
    March 14, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Sounds like a great sleeping bag. The security pocket makes it very appealing!

  13. March 14, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    A festival is somewhere I have never been, but would have loved to – this sounds like a very useful sleeping bag. x

  14. March 14, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Oooh your going to the Glastonbury festival if I remember correctly right? This would be absolutely perfect for your festival stay. Are you going with some friends?

    • Rhian Westbury
      March 16, 2016 / 9:50 am

      Yep off to Glastonbury, have 2 more before then as well! There should be 4 of us at Glasto which will be nice x

  15. Emma White
    March 14, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    oh I miss out on so much but my teen loves festivals so will bookmark this for her

  16. March 14, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    We’ve been looking for sleeping bags recently. Thanks! 🙂 x

  17. March 16, 2016 / 11:20 am

    This sounds great, I love that it ha anti bacterial, when camping, its not exactly the cleanest of times!

  18. March 16, 2016 / 11:23 am

    I am off camping for 4 days in August, so this is a fab post. I need a new sleeping bag! Thank you x

  19. March 16, 2016 / 11:52 am

    I have never been to a festival or camping but I can imagine it is essential to have the right gear.

  20. Hannah Malanga
    March 16, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Looks great, I sleep on my side too. We are looking into going glamping soon and you have to take your sleeping bags for that so will have a look at these

  21. Beautyqueenuk
    March 18, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    I would consider glamping but not a chance you would get me in a tent, done it once and never again. That said I would go for comfort everytime and would have the biggest sleeping bag so no wild animal could ever attack me lol

  22. Beth
    March 18, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    I’ve only ever been to one festival but never slept overnight! Not quite sure how I would be camping!

  23. March 19, 2016 / 11:59 am

    This looks really good! When I went to a festival last summer, it was absolutely freezing and so uncomfortable. I’ll definitely make sure to have the right gear next time.
    – Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk

  24. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    April 5, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    This looks ideal – I’ve been thinking about taking the kids glamping (NOT camping – I’m breaking myself in gently) soon, so this would be ideal 🙂 H x

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