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Top tips for packing for a music festival

Packing for any trip, whether it’s a weekend away, family summer holiday or even just a night away for business can be a stressful task, and packing for a music festival is no different. For those who camp at a music festival, it may feel like you are leaving home with the amount of stuff you need to take. Thankfully when glamping a lot of the hard work is done for you, however, there are some essentials you still need to consider. 

Whether you’re a festival veteran and have been going for years or if you’re planning to go to your first festival you can always pick up some handy tips and tricks. With that in mind, here’s our ultimate guide to packing for a music festival.

Pack your essentials


This is the most important thing you need to take and should be right at the top of your list. You’re not going to get very far without a ticket so double, triple check that you have it before leaving your house. 

Wallet (with cash and bank cards)

Some people like to travel with all the money they need for the whole weekend, however, we find it safer to work in manageable chunks. Start with a lump sum of cash and take your bank card as well, many places will accept cards or there are lots of ATMs around so you are never short of cash. 

We find it safer to work this way as you don’t have too much cash on you and it’s easier to make sure you don’t splash out and spend all your money on the first day. 


The fortunate (or not depending on who you ask) among us will know the embarrassment of getting asked for ID only to find you don’t have it on you. Festivals are full of people of all ages so be prepared to be asked for ID when buying alcohol. 

We’d always suggest taking your driving license over your passport as it’s less important if it does get misplaced. 


Behind your ticket, this is arguably one of the most important items you need to take. Whether it’s for staying in touch with your friends, or taking amazing photos for Instagram your phone will be your best friend. Make sure it’s protected with a high quality case, you don’t want a rainy day ruining your weekend, and be sure to keep it on you at all times, there’s nothing worse than finding it’s been pinched out of a backpack. 

Glamping essentials 

Thankfully, if you have chosen to stay with Portobello Farm for Glastonbury 2021, we’ll do a lot of the hard work for you. There’s no need to worry about making sure your tent will survive the English weather or struggling to fit a sleeping bag into the tiny bag they come in. Everything that you will need to make your stay comfortable is already provided, from memory foam mattresses to Egyptian cotton sheets, and duvets as fluffy as a cloud there’s nothing else you could possibly need. 

Packing the ultimate festival wardrobe

While it’s extremely important to make sure that your festival outfits are looking fresh it’s just as important to make sure they are functional and comfortable. A festival weekend is full of long days of non-stop partying so it’s important to make sure that you’re happy to wear your outfits for a long period of time.

Comfortable shoes are a number one priority as you’re going to be spending the majority of the day on your feet dancing. While you want to make sure that your outfit is on point, a pair of heels isn’t the best choice for a festival. Choose something that you are happy to wear for hours on end, however, make sure they aren’t your best shoes as they are likely to get quite dirty. 

Don’t forget to pack something waterproof. We all know how unpredictable the English weather is, so make sure that you’re covered no matter the weather. We’d always suggest packing for every possibility, there’s nothing worse than getting rained on and having to wear wet clothes for the rest of the day. Make sure you’ve always got a good waterproof coat, jumper to stay warm, and appropriate weather in case the British summer decides to be friendly. 

Get ready to party

Packing is always one of the most difficult things about going away, especially when going to a festival. Making sure that you’ve got everything you need can be a near-impossible task but if you’re staying with Portobello Farm most of it is done for you. 


Find out more about our glamping options for Glastonbury 2021 and explore what’s going on at the farm next year.

There are only 330 days to go!

The Portobello Team



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