Welcome back to our money-saving festival guide! Last time, we told you how to get your food, drink and festival travel on a tight budget and this time, we’ll give you the lowdown on what you need to pack for your first festival and where you can get your tent for cheap:
What to pack
If you’ve got the latest iPhone, don’t risk taking this with you. Buy a really basic feature phone like this one from Sainsburys for £9 – it will mean you can still stay in touch with your mates and if you’re worried about missing out on selfie opportunities, all of your friends will still have their fancy smartphones.
Planning to try and stay (relatively) clean? Make sure to take lots of face wipes and hand sanitizer. You will be able to buy these onsite, but they’ll be a lot more expensive than they are in your local supermarket.
Just before you set off, print off a list of times when different bands will be on at the festival. These usually only get updated a few days before the festival starts, but it’s worth the extra effort – programmes can cost about a tenner.
Take plenty of cash with you and carry it somewhere safe like a money belt, if possible. There will be ATMs on the campsite, but they can charge around £2 if you want to get money out, so it’s best to get this before you’re there.
Remember that anything you want to take with you, you’ll have to carry there and back again in a massive rucksack. Pack light and avoid taking your best clothes – it will be a waste if they end up ruined from all of the mud.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on the best tent available – there won’t be room to put it up properly anyway. This two-man pop-up tent from Argos is a good option for £25, and it means you don’t have to mess around trying to put poles together.
For a sleeping bag, this one from Wilko is only a tenner and will do the job of giving you somewhere to rest your eyes. If you get cold in the night, you can always throw on an extra hoodie and you’ll drop off eventually. You don’t need to take an inflatable camping pillow – just stuff your clothes inside an old pillowcase and it will work just as well!
Lastly, if you’re looking for some sensible footwear, these stripy wellies from George at Asda are a bargain at only £9. If you want to stay more stylish, make sure you check out our festival style guide – you’ll still look your best even if you’ve not had all of your beauty sleep!