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My definitive Camp Bestival Packing list

I think this year I might have cracked it. My definitive Camp Bestival Packing List. Last year I had lots of help and advice, which I have added on to last year’s list. It will keep growing I know, so keep hitting me with what I missed in the comments!

I’ve just reviewed  kattoos temporary phone number tattoos and ear defenders, the giveaway on those two has closed, but I have a fab melamine camping set to giveaway still. I’ve also just reviewed a Coleman cool box on wheels and double sleeping bag. I’m loving the Olpro range of tents, sleeping bags, windbreaks and melamine dinner set, for bringing a splash of colour and coordination to camp. We’ve also played with festival tents you can paint from Outwell.

Here’s my account of Camp Bestival last year which gives more background on some of the things on the list as well as our fab experience! If you’d rather see it there’s also a video here. Even queuing for the toilets is fun, not that we ever had to queue for long at all, in fact the toilets were pretty impressive. So, on to the Camp Bestival Packing List!

Tent stuff

Tent, mallet and pegs
Airbeds – kids ones that have sides to stop them rolling off, or Ready beds are great.
Airbed pump – the car battery powered ones are fast, but you will then have to carry it to the site, people do this, but foot pumps are probably more practical and good for top ups too.
Sleeping bags
Hot water bottle, although it looks too warm this year!

Keeping clean stuff
Soap and nailbrush
Toothbrushes and paste
Hairclips/headscarf/hairband to hide greasy hair
Dry shampoo
Towels and flannels
Hand sanitiser
Pocket tissues
Hayfever tablets
Toilet roll or handier still,  packets of tissues, (although all the toilets we used were well stocked and clean)
Travel potty (personal portable toilet units are not permitted to be brought onto the festival site)

Happy and Safe

First aid kit
Medicines – adult and child painkillers, insect repellent, hay fever tablets?
Handy small bag for valuables
Binbags for keeping muddy gear and rubbish tidy.
Ear defenders are handy to help kids zone out and sleep while you watch bands.

Never mind the weather

Clothes – lots of light layers, leggings under dresses and shorts, t shirts under fleeces…
Warm jumpers – fleeces are ideal
Waterproof trousers
Warm hats for nighttime
Sandals – crocs/jelly shoes are great as you can wash them clean
warm socks/long socks for night/wellies
Money for food and treats.

Fun stuff

Pens and pencils
Bag of little toys
Flag and flagpole to help make finding the tent easy
Costumes – this year’s theme is ‘around the world’.
Solar powered fairy lights

Trolley/ radio flyer – we hired one from Mr Trolley which was big enough for our 3 and 5 year old to sleep in. You can prebook them for the weekend (check ou their website) or just borrow one for long enough to get your stuff from your car to the site.
Playlist, games, DVDS and snacks for the car journey

Memory making

Phone and charger/solar or mobile charger
Scrapbook and pens, although the colouring book last year in the goody bag kept them happy

Food and Drink  – remove all excess packaging to save waste

Cool box and ice packs

Booze – ‘You are allowed to bring in your own alcohol (for personal consumption in the camping fields) but only up to reasonable amount per person…Once you have entered the event you cannot re-enter with more alcohol supplies… Decant glass bottles eg wine and vodka into plastic bottles. Bring ID if you look under 25’.

Drink cartons – really handy and a money saver for kids.
Water plastic bottles/container

Small gas stove and spare canister – check it actually works beforehand. ‘There will be designated areas in the campsite where you’ll be able to go to use small BBQs and stoves to cook food should you wish.’

Cereal/cereal bars or granola bars
Milk (freeze it so it lasts longer!)
Small pan – if you can be bothered to cook, beans/ pasta and sauce are easy meals.
Cups, Bowls and cutlery
Mini cheeses
Bread and Peanut butter
Chocolate and hot chocolate
Snacks – dried fruit, nuts, crisps, crackers, biscuits, breadsticks, anything to keep em quiet!

Washing up

If you can be bothered to cook, you need WU liquid, cloth, WU bowl, tea towel

Out and about
Foldable Seats – esp if it rains
Picnic rug with plastic back in case ground is damp
Sunshade/golf umbrella
Flask/plastic drinks bottles
Small cool bag for snacks

If you buy any new equipment, recycle the packaging at home before you leave to save space and waste at the site.

Crucial stuff

Cash and tickets!

Happy camping! It seems like a lot, but it is worth it! Promise, this camping lark,  it gets loads easier with practice too. Do read Sonya’s hilarious post How to fail at camping, it totally describes many of our experiences earlier in the month in Cornwall, hence I am so going to get it right this time!

Did I miss anything?


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