That’s right it’s festival season again with Slamdunk bringing in the start over the bank holiday weekend just gone. In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Donnington Park for my annual Download pilgrimage but there are so many festivals covering this summer from Glastonbury and T in the Park to Bestival and Reading. Having been to camping festivals every single year for 10 years’ now I’ve started to perfect the essentials that you need to take, and those things which you really don’t need. Here are some of the essentials I’ll always be reaching for and things you should take away this summer.
I don’t know if it’s just me but festivals seem to drain me and it doesn’t matter how hard you try it’s difficult to stay hydrated. I never drink as much at festivals as I do at home which is bad considering I’m up longer hours – blame the sunshine in tents – and I’m on my feet all day. Phizz tablets* are like a combination of Berocca and Diarolyte and help keep you hydrated and healthy through a unique rehydration formula mixing vitamins and minerals which is exactly what you need to keep both physical and mental fatigue at bay. I’m always finding myself running around so having something which will replenish some of the bits which my body loses after eating and drinking rubbish is a godsend, especially if it can stop me from being tired. All you need to do is drop one until a bottle of water, let it dissolve and get on with your day. Plus they’re given as an amenity item onboard Emirates flights to first class passengers; if it’s good enough for the travel elite it’s good enough for a muddy weekend in the UK.
Recently I came across some disturbing facts which said that research had found there to be more than 10 million bacteria living on your toothbrush which is more than the average toilet seat or public toilet floor. This thought alone made me dry retch a little bit and made me think about the fact that every time I’m brushing my teeth I’m probably rubbing in some disgusting things, and festivals are not notorious for being clean. Your toothbrush will probably be put away when still damp, it will be stored in a bag in a tent and pulled out to use within an environment which is pretty grim. Then I found a special bacteria killing crash helmet* which sits over the top of your toothbrush to keep it as clean as possible and kill as many of the bits of bacteria that harbors on it as possible. For something I put in my mouth this is definitely an essential.
When I go to festivals I know that my skincare game isn’t quite up to scratch, firstly I don’t want to leave loads of monies worth of products in my tent, and also without easy direct access to a mirror and a sink, it can make it pretty hard. Being outside at a festival so much with all the elements from the smoke clouds of people vaping, the questionable smoke from food stands and all the elements you’re likely to endure you will need something soothing for you skin. The Skintifique Cleanser P* is a gentle micellar cleanser which will remove all the makeup you’ve plastered on over your festival day and will also remove impurities from your skin by using just 5 ingredients. I know my skin tends to feel a bit sensitive being outside so much so with this being situation for sensitive and reactive skin it’s one of the best things to pop into your essentials bag.
Thermal Wellington Socks
The average temperatures and weather conditions at UK festivals are something to be desired and it can get pretty chilly, especially during the night time so keeping yourself warm is essential. I’m the kind of person who always ends up with hurting feet by the end of a festival day after a full day of being on my feet yet every year I take the same socks and never upgrade to something more comfortable, so when this pair of Heat Holders Wellington Socks* came through I know what I’m going to be wearing in every festival field. Heat Holders are the world’s leading thermal sock brand and the socks are so warm and cozy that they even have tog ratings. As soon as the socks arrived I had to give them a try and they’re the comfiest things I have ever worn on my feet, the perfect thing to keep your toes warm when you’re battling cold temperatures and even colder tents. These socks, in particular, are specifically designed to fit inside wellies with extra-long length and a fluffy fold-over cuff which if you’re anything like me you’ll end up sitting there stroking.
What essentials would you take to a festival with you?