Regardless of whether you’re a festival first-timer or a hardcore regular who has a full sleeve of festival bands on their arm dating back to 2005, you need to be totally prepared for a weekend of mud, losing your mates and no signal.

So, you’ve packed your sleeping bag, your tent that you’ve ‘promised’ to bring home with you and your clothes for just about every weather condition. But it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll get there and think OH DAMN IT when you realise you’ve forgotten your toothbrush…or something of the sort.

This list of essentials are the type that you’re probably more likely to forget, so take a look, shove them in your backpack and thank us later!


Water sources can be miles apart at bigger festivals, and the chances of your toothpaste surviving the weekend without exploding everywhere are low. Mouthwash is a better alternative – it takes two seconds and doesn’t involve much fuss. Okay, so you’re not going to get beautiful pearly whites by not scrubbing your teeth, but when it comes to the hygiene levels of most festival goers you’ll be doing pretty well by using mouthwash twice a day.

Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars

Unless you want to pay £9.50 for a cheeseburger, then you’re going to need something else that you can snack on over the festival. Packed full of carbs, these little bad boys will fill you up and can fit in your backpack without taking up any space at all. They’ll give you enough energy to keep going throughout the day.

Juice® Weekend Power Bank

This charger was designed with festivals in mind because there’s nothing worse than when you’ve been waiting for your favourite act to come on stage and you run out of battery as soon as you open Snapchat. This high capacity power bank is great for charging your devices and you’ll be the most popular kid in the camp because you can power three devices at once. I surely can’t depend on this for the whole weekend, you might be thinking? You’ll be surprised because unlike lots of other power banks that claim to be super amazing but really they only charge your phone up to 36% and then die, this Weekender will provide over four charges for a Samsung and iPhone 6 or over 70% for an iPad Air.

Aussie Dry Shampoo

It won’t be long until your luscious locks are greasy and stinking of camp fire smoke. It’s all part of the experience, right? Probably not, maybe you’ll learn to love it but the chances are by day 3 you’ll be bored of rocking the hippie hair look. This dry shampoo is all you need, it smells great, and will make you look like you’ve just walked out of the salon and not a mosh pit.