Wednesday, August 16, 2006

your definitive festival packing list

so, it's that time again. in the absence of glastonbury, the distance of bestival, the lack of organisation to cambridge folk festival and the nastiness of reading, minifig and i are trundling off to v festival shortly. it's the easiest (and most half-hearted) festival of the bunch, full of daytrippers and posh nosh, but beck, radiohead, morrissey, art brut and girls aloud are playing - what more can you reasonably ask for, eh?

so, out it comes...the festival packing list i put together several years ago when i realised to my peril what you actually need for a weekend of inebriated filth and poor sound systems. this is the all eventualities packing list - but if you're going to chelmsford this weekend, then you'll probably know it's set to piss it down - yippee rah yey.

Red wine - box of & plastic cups if it's a social affair
Loo roll
Sleeping bag (and fleece liner if its going to be chilly)
Pillowcase - stick spare clothes in this for a comfy pillow
Towel & toiletries / soap etc - seriously, wash your face and hands everyday - esp. if you're planning 5 days at glastonbury
Pyjamas - yes, pyjamas - if it's pissed it down all day, the last thing you'll want when you get into your sleeping bag is wet trews
Wellies/Dr martens
Trainers - flip-flops might seem like a cute idea if it's warm but your feet will freeze at night...and you have to use the nasty loos in the dark at night
Dry shampoo - yep, it's disgusting and used by proper soap dodgers, but it'll make you feel like the timotei woman
Wet wipes - plenty of. You can also now buy that weird hospital sani-gel stuff in superdrug
Jeans / trousers - 2 pairs in case one is soaked in the rain
Party dress - it's an extra layer if nothing else
2 Jumpers - one if brave
Many vests
t-shirts for as many days
underwear - lots - and nice pants
socks - tons
rain mac
duct tape
non-fiction book of collected essays / letters - novels rarely work - too many distractions
pack of cards - top trumps recommended above all else - be prepared to lose some
ibuprofen / cough sweets / indigestion tablets
chewing gum
hairbands / hats
pair of tights
torch and spare batteries
cigarettes and lighters (note the plural)
cereal bars

tent - obviously

happy camping kids!


At 17 August, 2006 16:24 , Blogger Philippa said...

I am going to print this and keep it in my Glastonbury drawer! (Yes I have one. It has my fairy skirt and waterproof trousers in it). I also take a penknife and safety pins, and last year found the washing-up bowl was invaluable for self-maintenance. (I had a pack-person too though, who also carried the camping stove, saucepan and mugs. Very useful).

Sadly, I am no longer going to V this year. Probably for the best though. See you on the other side... :)

At 17 August, 2006 19:59 , Blogger darling vicarage said...

ooh - i forgot bin bags by the way - essential

At 20 August, 2006 19:57 , Blogger Newfred said...

I've never been to a festival (gasp) and therefore certainly never realised how much packing was involved. I always imagined that it would be a hippy free-love style event which would require nothing but linen trousers and contraception.

Hope you're having a good time!

At 21 August, 2006 18:15 , Blogger darling vicarage said...

haha - i wish! all festivals (glastonbury included but less so) are great big corporate love-ins full of branded water and mobile phone sponsorship

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