I am incredibly excited that I'm off to Latitude Festival this weekend - a festival I've not been to yet but I'm very excited to tick off my list!
We're setting off early on Friday morning so that we can get there in time for Lapsley and Oh Wonder on the 6 Music stage (also mega excited to see Daughter, Chvrches, Half Moon Run, Roots Manuva and M83 during the rest of the festival). There's all sorts of fun looking things to get involved in, from lake swimming to yoga classes - we've also booked a table at the Blixen pop-up restaurant, which looks and sounds amazing (and very civilised for a festival).
We’re going in the camper van so we won’t have to battle with putting tents up (which is probably for the best as just putting the awning up tends to be something of a stressful affair for Tom and I) but we still have to be tactical about what we pack to ensure we don’t end up filling the van with clutter and not having enough space to sleep. I tend to make a big spreadsheet of everything I want to take and then tick them off as we load up the van so I know we haven’t left anything behind. The key things with festivals really tend to be ensuring you stay dry, stay warm and have some way of cleaning yourself and cleaning your teeth (I’m not a festival shower-er, I can just about go three days without a shower if I have enough baby wipes and dry shampoo). As well as, of course, enough alcohol to last you the weekend (if you’re that way inclined) and some totally impractical clothes that you would never wear outside of a festival…
Of course I'll be up late scrambling around doing last minute packing tonight, but I thought I'd show you the few things I've been organised enough to get ready already - the items that are top of my festival packing list...
001. Vango Rocket 120 - Bluetooth lantern and speaker (£45*)
Space is always at a premium at festivals so multi-tasking festival accessories are always a big win for me. This lantern is rechargeable (so no digging around for batteries) and has a built in bluetooth wireless speaker, so you can find your way to the loos in the night as well as getting to pick the tunes around the barbecue!
We do love our camping gadgets and we’ll also be packing a cooking set, plates and cutlery and the gas stove – although I love eating all the yummy food at festivals it’s good to have a way to make a bacon sandwich in the morning so you can have a lazy couple of hours at ‘camp’ before heading into the festival ground. I definitely learnt my lesson at Reading Festival last year when we all woke up on the Sunday feeling rather tender and couldn’t find any food places that were open until lunchtime!