Summer festival checklist

You’ve managed to get the tickets, but what else will you need to take? To help you have a comfortable, fun and stress-free festival experience, Tesco have put together a festival checklist. Everybody has different needs, but this list has all the essentials for a safe and fun weekend. From the right tent to a mobile phone charger, there are plenty of things that can make festival life a breeze, so read our guide to what to buy and pack for festival camping.

Festival Checklist

  • Tickets, Cash, ID
  • Mobile and charger
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mats or airbed
  • Camping pillow
  • Camping chair
  • Ear Plugs
  • Torch
  • Portable speaker, portable radio,and iPod or MP3 player
  • Festival clothing
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Cooking equipment – camping stove or BBQ
  • Water bottle
  • Bottle and tin opener
  • Plastic bags
  • Mini first aid kit and prescription medication
  • Finally something to put it all in, a backpack or festival luggage trolley are ideal

You can also stock up on all your health, beauty, food and drink essentials, at Tesco Groceries

  • Sun cream and after sun
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Dry shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Contraceptives
  • Toilet roll
  • Food and drink

Why not order everything you need online and get it delivered to a store close to the festival?
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Festival calendar 2018 (with camping)

Festival Dates Area
We Are FSTVL 25-27 May Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster
Download 8-10 June Donington Park, Derby
Isle of Wight 21-24 June Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight
Latitude 12-15 July 2018 Henham Park, Suffolk
Camp Bestival 26-29 July Lulworth Estate, Dorset
Belladrum Tartan Heart 2-4 August Belladrum, Inverness
Wilderness 2-5 August Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Bestival 2-5 August Lulworth Estate, Dorset
Boomtown 9–12 August Matterley Estate, Winchester
Green Man 16-19 August Near Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons
RiZE (V Festival replacement) 17-18 August Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Creamfields 23-26 August Daresbury, Cheshire
Reading 24-26 August Richfield Avenue, Reading
Leeds 24-26 August Bramham Park, Leeds
Victorious 24-26 August The Common and Castle Field, Southsea

Festival Buying Guide


Your festival tent is the most important part of your festival kit; choosing the right tent will set you up for a fantastic experience. Modern tents are made of lightweight waterproof material and are easy to transport. Most come with a waterproof outer shell and a tough ground sheet. Check your tent is fire retardant for peace of mind. Tents come in all shapes and sizes, so first think about how many people are going to be sleeping in it and how much extra room you will need for all your belongings. If you are travelling as part of a group, decide if you want to select individual tents or pool your resources and buy a group tent.

Different tent styles for festival camping include:

  • Pop-up tent: The simplest and fastest tent to pitch. It is supplied with pegs and guidelines to secure it.
  • Dome tent: The dome tent can be easily pitched with extra strength from fiberglass poles.
  • Teepee tent: A distinctive triangular design and wide ground space to accommodate a group of people.
  • Vis a Vis tent:Divided into 2 bedrooms separated by a middle living area.


Some festivals discourage gazebos, but they do offer a little outdoor shelter, which can give you more space to enjoy some food and drinks. Find one that is big enough to meet your needs without taking up too much valuable ground space on the campsite.

Camping Beds

While late nights are to be expected when you're at a music festival, you don't have to sacrifice sleep totally. Take an airbed for maximum comfort, or sleeping mats for a lighter to carry option.

Sleeping bags

As well as a comfortable camping bed, a quality sleeping bag is crucial to getting some shut-eye when you are at a festival. One important thing to remember is that even in the heat of summer temperatures can drop sharply as the sun goes down, so you want to make sure that your sleeping bag is warm enough. To save on space take an inflatable camping pillow.

Camping chairs

If you've been on your feet all day seeing your favourite bands, having a comfy seat waiting for you at your tent can be a welcome luxury. A compact light folding chair is an easy way to add that little bit of extra comfort to any camping trip.


The best piece of advice for any camping trip is to pack light. This is especially true when it comes to festival camping. Find a lightweight backpack that allows you to bring the essentials without tempting you to take more than you can carry.

Festival Luggage Trolley

An alternative to a rucksack or backpack is a luggage trolley to make carrying your festival essentials a lot easier, as you are not lugging them around on your back.

Portable Audio

When the bands sign off for the night and you want to keep singing and dancing, a portable speaker or portable radio is a great way to keep the party going. Great sounds in a small package with no need for power cables. Alternatively you can get an iPod or MP3 player to drown out the outside noise!

Phone charger

Power points will be in short supply, but that doesn't mean you can't boost your phone's power with either a pre-charged or hand/solar-powered charger These give you that extra bit of charge you need to find your friends, or upload a picture to Facebook or Instagram.

Torches and head lamps

An easy-to-overlook camping essential is a torch. Once night falls, it is easy to get lost and forget where your tent is pitched. Using a torch rather than the one on your phone will help save your phone battery. A head torch is a particularly useful tool as it lets you see clearly while keeping your hands free.

Clothing and Footwear

Whatever the forecast, you should always be prepared for rain at a UK festival. The best way to do this is to pack some waterproofs, these don't take up much space and will help keep you dry. If you are lucky and the sun does shine, you will need a hat and sunglasses
Another essential for any festival trip is the right footwear. While stylish sandals may look the part, a far better idea is a sturdy pair of boots or wellies that will protect your feet from mud and getting stood on.

Food and drink

Festival sites are brimming with stands that sell food and drink, but it can be expensive. You might want to bring some food and drink with you; including water, snacks and food that can be easily cooked on a small camping stove or BBQ (check the Festival restrictions first). Try to balance the weight of anything you do bring, as you will need to carry it.