GEAR | Summer 2023 Festival Essentials

It’s June and that means festival season is well and truly upon us! To make the most you’ll want the right practical and lightweight gear to keep you cool (or warm!), comfortable and dry. Read on to see our must have’s for this festival season…

Summer 2023 Festival Essentials


Kavu Men's Teannaway Fleece £84.95

Kavu Men’s Teannaway Fleece £84.9

The Kavu Teannaway is your classic relaxed fleece pullover for chillier festival evenings, built in KAVU’s signature surf style.

Volcom Overtheenker Fleece £75

A simple over sized fleece from Volcom, ideal for slinging on in the evening or for keeping tied round your waist incase the weather turns chilly.

Kangol Tie Dye Bucket Hat

Is there anything quite as old-skool as a Kangol bucket hat? Looks good but also means you’re less likely to pass out from sun stroke, so kinda practical too.

Kavu Women’s San Blas Dungarees £89.99

Dungarees, but make them light, airy and funky as hell. Perfect for summer festivals, the Kavu San Blas Dungas have got you covered.

The North Face Men’s Woodcut Dome Tee £35

A nice quality basic mens tes in a new design from The North Face, available in various colours.

Tog 24 Craven Packaway Waterproof £34

Available in sizes 8 to 24 in an array of fantastic colours, this rain jacket is ideal for festivals. It packs away handily and is small and lightweight, but robust enough to cope with summer showers.

Mac in a Sac Men’s Origin RRP £29

A great waterproof layer for when the weather turns wet, easily packable this doesn’t take up too much space or weight and is ideal for festivals.

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Vans Sunbreaker Bucket Hat £40

We love the bright funky flower pattern on this Vans bucket hat. Ideal for complementing your festival style and keeping the sun off yer noggin.

Patagonia Women's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover £120

Patagonia Women’s Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover £120

This fleece from Patagonia makes an ideal layer for chilly festival evenings and when the party is over, it’s ideal in pretty much any setting.


OlPro 44L Travel Backpack £50

These backpacks are brilliant. There are loads of compartments and different ways to organise your clothes, toiletries and so on. Ideal for travel, festivals and weekends away!

Cotopaxi Bataan Del Dia 3L Hip Pack £34.95

The Bataan hip pack from Cotopaxi is a summer festival must-have and big enough for all of your essentials. The Del Dia designation means that you’ll get a totally random colour combo, so go and live life on the edge and order a surprise!

Quechua Isothermal Backpack 20 L £24.99

Quechua Isothermal Backpack 20 L £24.99

Keep your festival essentials cool in this cooler backpack from Decathlon.

Peru 55L Backpack £59.99

Incredible value for money once again at Mountain Warehouse with their Peru backpack. Big enough for multiple outfit changes and accessories, this backpack makes a perfect festival companion.

Vans Got This Mini Backpack £30

This mini backpack is ideal for festivals so you can carry all the essentials you need with you all day. Classic Vans black & white checkerboard pattern.

Dakine Classic Hip Pack

There are loads of different colours available and Dakine packs live on for ever. Seriously, my snowboarding pack from 25 years ago is still going strong.

Eurohike Nepal 65 Rucksack £30

This is a great value rucksack and it’s large enough for a multi day festival, just chuck everything in and off you go!

The North Face Lumbnical Lumbar Side Bag £30

Keep valuables and small essentials at your side in the Lumbnical Bum Bag from The North Face.


Pitch and Trek Inflatable Travel Pillow RRP £9.99

A lightweight camping pillow that packs down to the size of a can. A great addition for a better night of sleep back at your tent.

Ticket To The Moon MoonBlanket Compact £107

Ticket To The Moon MoonBlanket Compact £107

The brilliant MoonBlanket Compact uses recycled synthetic insulation and functions as a sleeping bag, blanket and a wearable poncho for maximum usability.

Quechua Self-Inflating Mattress £39.99

SIMs are so much better than traditional air mattresses as they don’t suffer from the same issue of deflating. They are small, light and compact and offer a decent level of padding and insulation.

Outwell Freeway Single Sleeping Bag £29.99

A great value basic sleeping bag with built-in mini pillow. This sleeping bag from Outwell makes a great choice for summer music festivals.

Multimat Camper Self-Inflating Pillow £12.99

We love this tiny little self-inflating camping pillow. It packs down really small, but will add some much-appreciated comfort to your festival nights.

Kelty Galactic Down Blanket £59.95

An extra layer is always big and clever and sleeping in a tent can still be surprisingly chilly even in the summer here in the UK. This down blanket packs away small, but adds some much-needed warmth.

Apex 250 Square Mid-Season Sleeping Bag £24.99

This is a great value summer sleeping bag from Mountain Warehouse with a fun print. Also available in other colours if pink is for some reason not your vibe.

Self Inflating Sleeping Mat

A decent sleeping mat that provides a good combination of padding and portability is a festival must-have. A decent sleep will have you raring to go the next day, so don’t scrimp on your sleeping setup.


Vango Tay 300 CLR 3 Man Tent  £69.99

Vango Tay 300 CLR 3 Man Tent £69.99

You can’t go wrong with Vango, always decent quality and always great value for money, the Tay is a great little tent that’s perfect for festivals.

Orla Easy to Pitch Floral Tent Shadow Flower Blue £38.95

Orla Easy to Pitch Floral Tent Shadow Flower Blue £38.95

How adorable is this tent?! Stand out and make it easier to stumble back to your tent by choosing something that looks different and is easy to spot across the festival site or camping field. Great value and super cute and crazy good value for money too!

Quechua 2 Seconds Popup 3 Person Tent £139.99

This award-winning little popup is great value and is ideal for summer festivals of quick weekend away.

Boutique Camping Lightweight Oxford Bell Tent From £247

Bell tents are quick and easy to put up, but importantly, they provide you lots of lovely space and you’ll find getting ready for a day of partying in bell tent much easier than in a tiny little dome or popup. They are also great for larger groups of friends.

Eurohike Tamar 3 Man Tent £59

Ideal for festivals, the Tamar is a 3 man dome ideal for 1 or 2 and perfect for festivals. Light and easy to carry, just remember to bring it home with you after.

Regatta Malawi 2-Man Pop Up Print Festival Tent £82.45

A great little popup tent, good quality and one we’ve used many times. Perfect for festivals when you want to enjoy maximum time vibing instead of faffing with tent poles and pegs.

Useful to Have

Loop Experience Ear Plugs for Gigs £29.99

Take it from me, these are brilliant and I wouldn’t be without mine. They come in a handy little case and are available in various different colours.

FreshWipes Body Wipes From £5.99

FreshWipes Body Wipes From £5.99

Stay fresh and pong-free at the festival with Fresh Wipes which are plastic free and 100% biodegradable and take it from me, they preform way better than bog standard baby wipes.

Quechua Folding Camping Trolley £89.99

I’ve been using this camping trolley myself after buying it more than 2 years ago and it’s brilliant. Not only a festival must-have but for camping in general it will prove itself time and time again and is great quality.

Forclaz Rechargeable Head Torch 120 lumen £14.99

Forclaz Rechargeable Head Torch 120 lumen £14.99

Great value no-nonsense head torch that will do the job of lighting your way when needed.

Lifeventure Recycled SoftFibre Pocket Towel £10

When wet wipes just won’t cut it and you need a proper wash, this lightweight pocket towel is perfect for drying off and takes up next to no space.

Patterned Folding Camp Chair £`16.99

An absolute must for wet festivals to save your aching feet. Taking a lightweight folding camp chair is always big and clever and at just £16.99 this is great value too.

Shower In A Can

A decent pong-removing solution for summer festival camping. Shower in a can works a treat and a little goes a long way.

Hi-Gear Folding Gear Buggy £104

You want to take enough to a festival to ensure you’re comfortable enough to get some sleep, but at the same time, when the car park is usually a very long way from the campsite, carrying it all isn’t fun. A folding buggy is the ideal choice.

EnergyQC 10000mAh Power Bank

Although many festivals have charging points there can often be big queues, so keep your phone topped up with a handy power bank like this great value one from EnergyQC.

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