Heading to a music festival in the UK this summer where you’ll be sleeping in a tent for 4 days and attempting to cram all your belongings in the rucksack you’ve borrowed from your Dad? Then you’re probably going to need some help packing, aren’t you? Knowing what to take to a UK music festival when you could be blessed with a heatwave or cursed with storms and fields of mud is no easy task, so allow us to introduce the ultimate festival essentials packing guide.
A festival is no package holiday where you’re blessed with a 15kg baggage allowance and a door-to-door service, so when packing for a festival, always remember that whatever you pack you’ll have to carry on your back whilst traipsing through field after field until you reach your campsite, so there’s never been a more important time to pack well. Leave the unnecessary extras and heavy shoes at home and opt for lightweight basics that can be mixed and matched to make instant outfits. Try not to get carried away with the Instagram festival inspo and remember that this is England after all and instead of standing in a hot Californian desert, you're probably going to be stood in ankle deep mud in the middle of Reading, so a trusty pair of rain-proof comfortable shoes that you know you can wear all day and night without flinching are a must. This is no Coachella…
Get festival packing right and you'll have your festival outfits nailed in seconds with minimal weight to carry on your back, so check out our ultimate festival packing guide now and we promise once you're done you'll know what to take to a UK music festival this summer...
A trusty pair of denim shorts are every girl's go-to for festival season, so make sure you pack a pair in your rucksack this festival season, no matter the weather. The beauty of denim shorts is that there literally isn't anything they won't go with, so style them with everything from crop tops to bodysuits to basic tees and layer a kimono over the top for instant festival vibes. Complete the look with a pair of wellies on your feet and you'll have festival style on lockdown in seconds.
You never know, England might surprise us with another heatwave this festival season, so make sure you're prepared and have a solid collection of cropped tees and vests to choose from. These festival-approved bralettes and bandana vests won't take up any space (or weight) in your rucksack, so stock up and mix and match them all weekend with your denim shorts and skirts for an instant outfit with minimal effort.
Summer's favourite jacket, the denim jacket is an absolute festival must-have, so don't even think about heading to a festival without packing one this summer! Whether you opt for classic blue, white or black denim, an oversized denim jacket goes with absolutely everything, so throw yours on over a crop top and denim shorts combo for a festival-approved double denim vibe.
Let's be real, as much as we'd love to take festival inspiration from Coachella and rock our most extragavant sandals to Bestival this year, sadly the British weather says no, so play it safe with a trusty pair of wellies instead and brave the inevitable mud in style this festival season. Gone are the days of having to borrow your Dad's minging green wellies from the shed, because these sassy leopard print and pastel tone wellies are here to answer your wellington prayers, so snap up a pair now and rock wellies with confidence this summer.
Is it even a festival without a kimono? The boho-inspired kimono has always been a firm festival fashion fave and this year is no different, so take one of our lace fringe kimonos to your festival this summer and throw it on over a simple denim shorts and crochet crop top combo for instant festival vibes. After something a bit more heavyweight? Then snap up this crochet sleeveless cardigan in black for a warmer alternative.
Even if you get lucky with the weather, the evenings are always a little bit chilly at a festival, so make sure you pack a few jumpers you can quickly throw on when the sun goes down. Opt for these festival inspired tassle fringe sweaters and throw them on over your denim shorts for a stylish festival evening look, or channel sports luxe vibes and tie this stripe mesh hoodie round your waist and take it from day-to-night when the sun goes down.
The beauty of the playsuit is that it's an instant outfit and takes up minimal space in your rucksack, so make sure you pack a few lightweight playsuits this summer for instant festival style. Accentuate your waist with a western belt, throw on some biker boots and complete your look with a kimono for the perfect festival outfit.
Forget heavy rucksacks and annoying bags that fall off your shoulders when you're dancing and say hello to festival's favourite bum bag instead! Not only does the bum bag allow you to carry your valuables around hands free, it also doubles up as a stylish belt that can be fed through your denim shorts, so don't even think about going to a festival without a bum bag this summer!
When you've gotta walk miles through a muddy field to get to your campsite, the last thing you want is a heavy bag dragging you down, so save on weight and pack a selection of light and basic crop tops this festival season. Once you've got a selection of crop tops packed and ready to go, simply mix and match them with everything from dungarees to denim shorts and skirts for instant festival style.
If you can't rock a pair of dungarees at a festival, then when can you? The 90s classic denim dungarees make for a killer festival look when accessorised correctly, so pack a pair in your rucksack this festival season and throw them on over a cute crop top and complete your look with trainers and a bum bag for a stylish day to night festival look.
Festivals are not a time for impractical footwear, so leave the sandals and flip flops at home and protect your feet from the inevitable mud (and blisters) with a pair of festival-approved trainers. You're on your feet pretty much all day at a festival, so packing shoes that you know you can dance all day in is key, so opt for a pair of lace up trainers for a practi-cool festival look that won't leave you hobbling about in pain by the end of the weekend!
If denim jackets aren't your thing, then we recommend packing a biker jacket for those chilly evenings. Nobody wants to be carrying around a heavy jacket all weekend at a festival, so play it safe with a classic biker jacket and tie it round your waist or fold it up in your rucksack for minimal annoyance! Trust us, you'll be grateful you packed it when that sun sets...
As hot as the days may be, if you're camping at a festival it's a different story altogether at night! It's no secret that those tents can get pretty chilly, so make sure you've packed some comfy sweats to avoid a restless nights sleep. Opt for a co-ord jogger and hoodie set to ensure a comfortable (and stylish) nights sleep after a day full of drinking and dancing!