What I’m Packing For Reading Including The Ultimate Festival Essentials

Over bank holiday weekend, I’ll be heading to Richfield Avenue – the home of Reading festival and I can’t wait! I went to Reading for the first time last year with a bunch of friends and instantly fell in love with the festival – I knew this year I’d be returning and couldn’t wait for the pre tickets to go on sale. The line up looks incredible; from The Libertines (who I saw live in Amsterdam and they were amazing!) to Mumford and Sons, Royal Blood, Twin Atlantic, Panic! At The Disco, The Wombats and so many more (just a handful of my favourites!).

I thought I’d put together a post on my camping essentials as I’m pretty much a novice when it comes to camping, I usually have to buy a pop up tent as I’m just useless with the whole outdoors-y thing (girly girl through and through me!). I’ll be home from Malaysia for two days before Reading so it will be a case of washing everything in my backpack, a quick whizz around Superdrug for some toiletries, a quick whizz around Morrisons for some cheap alcohol, re-packing my case then heading off for what is set to be one of the best weekends of this summer, eeeeeep!

 If your a festival newbie, or even wondering what to pack – here’s a list of my must haves:

  • Deodorant – OBV
  • Hand sanitiser and wipes – an absolute given as the toilets, ewwww!
  • A mini hairbrush – get those ones that doubles up as a mirror, saves space and super handy too!
  • Hairbands/grips – because when you’ve been dancing for three days straight you’ll need those.
  • Which leads me to the next essential  – dry shampoo, a must!
  • Mini shampoo/conditioner – if you’re braving to wash your hair
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash & chewing gum/mints
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun lotion – here’s for wishful thinking!
  • And also a rain mac – because well, this is England!
  • A hat – in case you’re sunburnt AF and don’t want to sit in a field getting burnt all day again.
  • Wellies – in case it rains
  • Perfume – my current go-to is the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, SO good!
  • A watch – so you don’t miss any of your favourite acts when your phones dies, because OBV it will!
  • A (fully charged) portable charger if your’e that sassy/dedicated to social media
  • Ear plugs – because drunk 15 year olds don’t understand that repeatedly shouting ALAN at 5am is NOT okay
  • An eye mask – for some extra winks
  • Alcohol – duhhhhh! But make sure you don’t take any glass in with you so prepare and pour it into plastic bottles before you head off
  • Facial spray – in case the weather does surprise you/after too much dancing, these bottles of magic are great to cool down
  • Moisturiser – because sleeping in a tent for 3/4 nights has never done any wonders for our skin
  • Eye cream – especially for the third day when you have a little more eye baggage to cover up!

If you’re looking to go to Reading festival you can still purchase tickets here – if you’re going let me know so we can grab a beer/picture together! I hope this post has helped with what to pack too!
What are your festival essentials? Will you be at Reading this year?

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    • Hayley Rubery 25th August 2015 / 5:06 am

      Thanks so much lovely! They're one of my favourite bands! x

  1. nueyork 20th August 2015 / 1:11 pm

    This is such a great roundup! I love to cover all "just in case" type bases as well, there's nothing worse than being without something you really need. x


    • Hayley Rubery 25th August 2015 / 5:07 am

      Thanks lovely! Same here – I'm not a fan of camping so I like to be prepared haha x

  2. sampan_27 20th August 2015 / 2:58 pm

    Excellent list of things to pack! I'm going to Leeds for the day on the Saturday, and cannot wait! 🙂

    • Hayley Rubery 25th August 2015 / 5:08 am

      Thanks so much I can't wait! Glad you think so 🙂 x

    • Hayley Rubery 25th August 2015 / 5:09 am

      Haha definitely love, 2 essentials for sure! x

    • Hayley Rubery 25th August 2015 / 5:09 am

      Thanks gorge – nothing like being prepared ha x

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