Camp Bestival – Festival Packing List

If you’re a regular reader you will know that we are off to Camp Bestival at the end of the month. As soon as we found out we were going we put together a festival packing list, so we thought we’d share it for those attending their first festival. Camp Bestival will be the first festival either of us have attended, but with a bit of research, experience camping and asking around we feel our festival packing list is sufficient enough. The following list is what we’ll be taking, festival regulars may have more or less on their list and things which are personal to you. We’d love to know in the comments if you feel there is anything our list is missing.

Festival Packing List


Tent/pegs/mallet/duct tape – Always check tent before the big event.
Sleeping bags/pillows/airbed & pump/blankets – It can get really cold at night, so blankets are a good idea.
Ready Bed for M – This is our first time taking M camping, so we wanted somewhere he would feel safe.
Favourite blanket & teddy for M – ID attached in case it goes for a walk outside our tent.
Camping chairs/stools


Hairbrush/hair products
Roll on deodorants
Bucket – This comes in handy when you want a wash without queuing.
Baby Wipes/antic bac gel
Toilet roll/tissues
Medication, e.g inhalers – We will also pack some painkillers and heartburn relievers, just incase.
Travel potty

Food & Drink

Breakfast bars
Kiddylicious fruit snacks for M
Ella’s pouches for M (he’s a fussy eater)
Drinks cartons
Alcohol – No glass allowed on site, so make sure it’s decanted into a suitable container.
Selection of snacks/crisps/crackers – We find dry food to be best during camping
Stove & Kettle – There is plenty of food and drink on site, but you may want a cuppa first thing.
Coolbox & ice packs

Clothes and items for various weather scenarios

Comfortable clothing
Bright and colourful outfit for M – So we can spot him easily
Costumes for the wagon parade – This year the theme is The Circus, can you guess what M is going to be?
Pack away rain macs – If you don’t want to wear a mac a poncho can be useful.
Sun hats/sun cream/sun glasses
Warm socks/jumpers/hats for when sun goes down

Safety extras

Ear defenders for M – These are great for preventing little ears from damage caused by loud music.
Head torch
Kattoos for M
First aid kit
Plastic bags for muddy clothes – What’s a festival without a little mud?


Camera – I can’t go anywhere without it
iWalk iPhone charger
LifeProof cover for iPhone – If it rains my phone will be protected.
iPad – We are hoping to use this to gain a few extra minutes in bed in the morning.
Lifeprood cover for iPad


Rucksack to carry day’s items and snacks
Refillable water bottles
Wagon to carry M around Camp Bestival and items to and from car.
Picnic rug to sit on


Money – Preferably cash, but we’ve read some stalls take card
Camp Bestival Tickets



*We are very kindly provided with a family pass to the event.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. 76 sunflowers Reply

    I think you’re all set apart from bunting, bubbles, glow sticks and fairy lights! Oh, I always take a clawhammer as the ground can be quite hard and rocky. Not long now 🙂

  2. Fi Reply

    Awesome list!

    Fairy lights are always an extra festy item to take and bin bags too for packing away wet or dirty clothes, or for rubbish!

    I’m so excited!

  3. MummyBarrow Reply

    Please can you do an essentials list for a 44 year old fesitval virgin who doesnt like mud and doesnt want to look like they are trying a bit too hard to fit in with the cool kids whilst looking like a fat middle aged mother with a flower garland in her hair. AKA tragic.

    I love your list and wish that you were my mummies too and could look after me as well.

  4. Slinky73 Reply

    thank you, I am coming with my eldest who is 6 an it’s our first time. This is a really helpful list. I’ll keep a check on your blog for more handy hints.

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