This year will be our third year at Camp Bestival, an awesome family festival based in Dorset. We are incredibly lucky to be ‘Official Camp Bestival Bloggers’ as it really is our favourite event in our calendar. With a couple of years experience of attending we are confident our packing list for Camp Bestival is improving each year. So we thought we’d share what we’ll be taking to give you some tips for items to add to your packing list.
Tent – Make sure you’ve practiced putting it up and down and you can carry it from car to pitch (this will involve hills). Also make sure you have spare pegs, a mallet and if you want to feel comfy in your tent you may want to take along some little rugs for the entrance inside your tent.
Bedding accessories – Children’s Robot Sleeping bag and Ready Bed for M. We also pack blankets in case he gets a little chilly in the night. Double duvet and blow up air bed for myself and Clara. We like to feel comfortable when camping, so we take blankets and our bed sheets to make our air bed super comfy.
Food and Food Prep
We are lucky to be friends with someone who takes a camping stove with them to Camp Bestival so we have yet to invest in one so far. But this may be something we will be taking this year for extra cooking space.
A gas stove and spare bottles of gas is a good idea if you want to prepare some meals to save costs. A frying pan, sauce pan and some basic utensils are enough to allow you to rustle up a bacon sandwich or some noodles. If you fancy a cup of tea in the morning a kettle would be a fab addition.
Last year we took along some cans of alcohol (glass is not allowed), frozen capri suns, cheese, crisps, noodles, bread and sausages all in a cool box with some ice packs. We might take more snacks this year, small items we can carry on site without any need to use an ice pack.
Take along some water bottles to keep you hydrated whilst pitching your tent. There are free water stations to refill your water bottles, so you can really save on spending money on drinks.
The food on offer in the Feast Collective at Camp Bestival is amazing. So remember to take along some cash to enjoy a dinner or two on site. We will be heading straight to their fab food tent on the Friday to enjoy our tea.
We are very lucky to have a fab Brandon Wagon to help us transport our things from car to pitch as well as providing our little man with a base to nap in the evening. A wagon is a bit of a must have if you have small children and lots to transport. But if you don’t want to stretch to buying your own wagon, there are wagons on site you can hire
A great addition to our packing list this year is a Sammy Scream motion alarm by Bleep Bleeps. This little device links via Bluetooth to your iPhone up to 30 meters and alerts you if someone moves it. Which is great if you want to park your wagon a short distance from where you’re watching the act on stage. It would also be a great item to hang inside of your tent entrance so you are alerted during the night if your little one decides to attempt to leave the tent. Just don’t use on windy evenings as the motion of the tent would set it off all night. The battery has a 6 month life and is easily replaceable. I’ve already been using this little alarm on my rucksack when at the beach and have found it to be a great way to keep track of my belongings when I’m also keeping track of a 3 year old.
In case of rain
Last year we didn’t see any rain and felt incredibly lucky to leave with glorious tans. The first year we attended Camp Bestival was a different story. We encountered an hour long rain storm which meant I stood in the pouring rain to buy breakfast whilst a small flag prevented our tent from leaking. This year we will be kept dry during any rainstorms with a couple of Pacman ponchos and our shoes will be nice and dry thanks to some fab Festival feet covers by Planet Camping.
I highly suggest taking a small rain mac you can pack away just in case the great British weather decides to throw a fit and also some wellies you can keep in the tent just in case conditions under foot change.
I know some like to get nice and dirty at a festival, but it’s just not for us, so being able to pack some products to make us feel clean is a must. Last year we took some great antibacterial spray to keep our hands clean after trips to the loo, so we’ve decided to take some along again this year. NatraSan is a first aid spray that is 100% natural, kills 99.9999% of germs and is a really effective hand sanitiser.
We’ll also be taking some great waterless washing kits that we got to use last year and found to be awesome. The kits are exactly how they sound, they allow you to wash without the need for water, which is really handy when camping. I was able to keep my hair clean last year and feel like I’d had a shower.
I won’t go into details what clothes you should take as it depends entirely on the weather. But each year we have packed t-shirts and shorts, with some warmer clothes in the evening as it gets freezing. Cash is another thing you should plan to take. There are cash machines on site, but they are always busy and queuing whilst the fun is happening is not that great.
Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Ticket Prices:Adult Weekend Ticket – £197.50*
Student Weekend Ticket – £185*
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £118*
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £93*
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £45*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £15*
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)*
All tickets include camping from Thursday or Friday.
*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions
As official Camp Bestival bloggers our family tickets are provided by the fab folk at CB. Some of the items mentioned in this post were very kindly sent for the purpose of this post and will be used to the max at Camp Bestival.