Here’s a Packing Checklist of all the things you may need to bring to a metal Festival. You can work out what applies to you.

Think carefully about essentials verses luxuries if space and weight is at a premium.

Travel & Arrival

  • Directions and postcode of the festival site / car park
  • Hotel postcode and directions
  • Coach / Bus Timetables and pick-up point locations
  • Driving Licence (if driving abroad)
  • Festival Ticket
  • Car Park Pass
  • Locker Ticket
  • Pre-Purchased tokens
  • ID
  • Petrol (fill the car up and check it is roadworthy for a long journey)
  • Car Key Lanyard Clip/Cord (I clip my car keys onto a lanyard cord and tie it onto my trousers)
  • If flying – 20cm x 20cm Plastic bag for liquids (ensure all liquids not over 100ml)

What to Bring if you are Camping

Tip!  Put your tent up a few weeks in advance of your festival to ensure it is all still in good condition and you have everything you need.

Camping Chair
  • Eye Mask (to block the sunlight in the morning)
  • Foam Ear Plugs (really good to minimise noise from the campsite & very cheap to buy)
  • Bin Liners (handy to put rubbish in, dirty clothes, keep things dry etc.)
  • Duck Tape / Gaffer Tape (to repair tent tears and fix almost anything)
  • Large Fishing Umbrella (so you can sit outside and stay dry if it is raining)
  • Trolley / Buggy (To carry your gear between the car park and camp site. You could share the cost with your camping buddies)
Festival Trolley or Buggy
  • Large Bags to fit all your gear in (A large garden sack comes in handy)
  • Music player and batteries
  • Torch
  • Loo roll
  • Scissors
  • Lots of Water (to stay hydrated)

Tip! Salt water will help heal a sore throat

  • Beer / Alcohol (no glass)
  • Solid Fuel Cooking Stove and cooking equipment (You will unlikely be allowed cookers with flames and gas cannisters. Use solid fuel stoves)
Solid Fuel Cooking Stove
  • Solid Fuel
  • Snack Bars, Biscuits, food that won’t go off
  • Food for cooking breakfast
  • Plates & Cutlery
  • Flip flops (if using the shower)
  • Phone Charger Pack
Remember to bring a Phone Charger Pack

What Festival Clothing & Footwear to Bring

  • Clothes for sleeping in (ensure you will be warm and keep these clothes dry)
  • Clothes for each day (if it’s likely to be wet and muddy your wet clothes are unlikely to dry out overnight)
  • Comfortable socks that can take some wear ‘n’ tear
  • Shorts (even if it’s raining shorts are a good idea as they dry quickly)
  • Battle Jacket

Tip! It can cool down considerably in the evening so consider taking a hoodie

Tip! Avoid wearing denim outerwear if it is raining as it takes ages to dry out

  • Lightweight rain coat
  • Fold Away Ponchos (useful to have just in case you get a down-pour)
  • Sun hat
  • Baseball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Trainers
  • Boots (make sure they are worn in)
  • Wellies

Tip! Wellies aren’t great for walking in and can get uncomfortable if standing for a long time so a decent comfortable pair is recommended if you take any.

Cleanliness & Personal Items

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Medication / Prescriptions
  • Paracetamol / Ibuprofen
  • Wet wipes (very important if you are unlikely to shower each day)
  • Prescription glasses & spares
  • Contact lenses, spares, solutions, drops for sore eyes
  • Shampoo / Shower gel
  • Lip balm
  • Shaving gear
  • Hand-wipes
  • Deodorant & Body Spray
  • Contraception
  • Insect Bite cream
  • Plasters and Vaseline for blisters
  • Diarrhea Tablets
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Females: Make-up, Sanitary products, Shewee

Other Useful Things to Bring to a Festival

Festival Noise Filtering Earplugs
  • Water (those small collapsible water pouches that clip to your belt are quite handy)
  • Snack Bars (I munch a few of these on the way in to delay the need to buy expensive food)
  • Lanyard cords to tie valuables to and attach to your clothing
  • Mobile phone, Charger cable & plug
  • Rubber band with cable to put round phone and clip to trousers
  • Band timetables
  • Cigarettes & Lighter
  • Bin bags (ideal for sitting on if the ground is wet)
  • Suncream
  • Aftersun / Aloe Vera product

Tip! Keep a topped up small bottle of suncream in your pocket

Tip! If it’s going to be raining, take some plastic bags to stick in your boots and line your footwear. It will keep your feet dry.

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