A dead phone, no wellies, wet feet, a tent but no poles, a blow up mattress but nothing to blow it up with…
These are just a few of the most obvious festivals fails, which can be avoided with a little practical preparation.
So, with festival season nearly here, it makes sense to start thinking ahead and rustling up a lovely list of must-have items that’ll make your festival experience as fuss-free as possible.
From affordable tents that can snap up in an instant, to portable phone charging kits that will keep you well connected long into the night, we’ve got all your camping essentials covered.
You could be spending up to five days sleeping, sweating and/or shivering in it, so when it comes to choosing a tent you want to get it right.
Argos also has a great range of budget tents from £14.99 – like this budget unbranded one, but in our experience bigger is definitely better. So opt for at least a three or four man tent to avoid getting crushed.
We realise lights aren’t *that* essential, but if you’re one of those people that likes to hunt for creepy crawlers before you get into your sleeping bag (what?), then the £19.95 LuminAID solar power inflatable light from Prezzy Box is just the ticket.
If you’re not keen on smelling like the inside of a pair of Toms either, make sure you pack some baby wipes. Lots of them.
Something else you don’t want is bad breath, and this is where UltraDEX Fresh Breath Oral Spray (£3.65 from Boots) comes in.
Festival fashion essentials
It’s a practical festival guide, so if you’re looking for fancy footwear you’re in the wrong place.
For people who don’t want to lug around huge wellies for an entire weekend, these JuJu Jellies Tori Chelsea Wellies from Sports Direct are a stylish must (and cost effective option at £18).
Let’s face it, no one ever really wants to wear a poncho so who would ever want to fork out a load of cash on one? That’s why the Summit Adult Emergency Poncho for £6.88 from Tesco Direct is perfect for staying dry when the heavens inevitably open.
Charging your phone
Your phone. Probably THE most essential item you’ll have with you (if you have mates), so you want to make sure it has some juice. Rather than wasting time trying to track down somewhere to charge it, a portable charging kit will keep you switched on 24/7.
Try the EasyAcc portable charger from Amazon for £10 – the slimline charger which fits nicely into your bag or pocket and delivers instant power which can fully charge an iPhone 6 twice or a Samsung Galaxy S5 1.5 times.
Alternatively, spend a bit more and treat yourself to the Monster PowerCard (£24.99) from Currys, which fits nicely into your wallet and delivers instant power which lasts up to five hours.