Festival Camping Checklist

I’ve had so many people request a checklist of what we take on our festival/Camping trips I thought I better pull my finger out and just do it. So here goes. Its not an exhaustive list and for some trips I actually scale a lot of it down based on the facilities at the camp site or duration of stay. If you do have any other essentials you think I’ve missed please let me know in comments and I’ll add to Cookies Festival Camping Checklist.

Hope its helpful, feel free to copy and paste and use as you will.

Shelter & Bedding
  • Tent – We recommend a Coleman blackout for a great nights sleep.
  • Mallet and spare pegs.
  • Steel screw in pegs (for hard ground or extreme weather)
  • Sleeping bag/duvet/pillows/sheets (I use the vacuum bags to save space)
  • Blow-up beds
  • Air pump (rechargeable/hand pump)
  • Camping blankets
  • Sunshade, tarp, or shelter
  • Duct Tape – We recommend Gorilla tape.
Site Gear & Furniture
  • Table – We rarely take ours to festivals
  • Chairs
  • Outdoor picnic rug
  • Sink bowl
  • Kiddiwhizz (get 10% off using my Aff link)
  • Floormat (outdoor foam pieces from Aldi)
  • Mini tent organiser (got it from Aldi great to store kids bits)
  • Insect repellent
  • Flag /flag pole (great for locating your tent)
  • Fairy lights
  • Windbreak
  • Collapsible water container
  • Festival trolley/garden trolley (great for moving gear and kids)
  • Dog gear (dishes, leash, longline, bed)
  • Powerbank
  • Extra batteries
  • Phone & Charger
  • Lanterns
  • Pocket Torch/Head-torch
  • Headphones/Speakers
  • iPad/Tablet
Camp Kitchen
  • Cool box – We love our Coleman on wheels
  • Stove + fuel – Would recommend the Campingaz party grill its the best!
  • Cooking pots/pans
  • Lighter or matches
  • Cookware & utensils (I have one rucksack with everything in)
  • Mugs/plastic wine glasses/water bottles
  • Dishes/plates/cutlery
  • Cutting board and knife. (I put blue tack on end in bag)
  • Washing up liquid/ tea towel/sponge
  • Anti bac wipes (home bargins)
  • Food containers, plastic bags + foil
  • Bin Bags
  • Bottle opener/Can opener
  • skewer sticks (for marshmallows)
Food & Drink
  • Water
  • Beverages (alcoholic and non)
  • Coffee/tea/creamer/sugar (Borrowed from hotels)
  • Condiments (do not forget tomato sauce for the kids)
  • Milk (we freeze ours)
  • Eggs/bacon/sausages
  • Burgers/kebabs
  • Rolls/brioche/crackers/flatbread
  • fruit/carrots/cucumber /tomatoes
  • pot noodles/crisps/snacks
Top Tips

Top tips for keeping food and drink cool.

  • Pre-chill both your cool box before you load it for the best start
  • I freeze everything from milk to sausages, that way I don’t have to use up space in the cool box
  • The fuller your cooler is, the less trapped warm air has to cool, so choose one that isn’t too large and top it up whenever possible. Some festivals sell ice its at a premium but what price do you put on a cold beer.
  • Separate your drinks from your food in two smaller coolers instead of one large one to reduce the number of times people open them. The kids are a nightmare for this.
  • Cover your cooler with a blanket, sleeping bag, or pad, and keep it in the shade

Personal Gear
  • Rucksack/Bum bag
  • Multitool
  • Cash, credit card, ID
  • First Aid kit
  • Skin So Soft (Avon bug repellent)
  • Anthisan, bite and sting cream
  • Suncream/lipbalm/Sudocream
  • Toiletries (shampoo, etc.) in a hangable wash bag.
  • Prescription tablets
  • Packing cubes
  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand sanitiser (on a clip for bum bag or rucksack)
  • Toothbrush, paste + floss
  • Comb/brush
  • Deodorant/perfume
Clothing & Footware
  • Tracksuit Bottoms & shorts
  • T-shirts/long sleeve and hoodies
  • Underwear and socks (night socks for me)
  • Waterproofs
  • Base layers
  • Shoes and socks (including flip flops for easy toilet treks)
  • Hats (1 warm 1 for sun)
  • Sunglasses/ gloves (depending on weather)
  • Swimsuit & Towels (don’t forget Towels)
  • Bandana/head scarf
  • Poncho
  • Cwtchie (Oodies)
  • Fancy dress
  • Wellies – we keep ours in the car just in case

Fun & Entertainment

I put this all in the Trunkie so is separate from the essetials and kids can root through

  • Games (dice cards, etc.)
  • Reading material, notebook, sketchbook & pens
  • Instruments/ Poi/ ball/frisbee
  • Headdresses/ hairbands
  • Glo-sticks
  • Glitter, tattoos , face-paint, Vaseline
  • Activity books (Home bargins)
  • 1 teddy per child

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