Packing for a Festival

The run up to a festival can be almost as exciting as the festival itself. The packing, running about to make sure you have everything, and even the travel to your final destination all have their thrills (and potential spills) that lend to the fun. However, you should make sure that you have everything you need; Vanish can help with our handy guide, and when you return we have you covered with a couple stain removal tips.


The Essentials

The main things to pack include a tent (for two or more), sleeping bags, floor mats (or an air bed for a little extra comfort), as well as lights, boots and cooking equipment. With these, you’re covered for camping, but what about the festival itself?

In most festivals you’ll be supplied with a map of the area, as well as the days and times of what’s happening. For the hot summer weather keep sun cream with you, and stay hydrated with a bottle of water (a flask could make this easier.) Keeping everything together in a rucksack can make things that much easier.

Don’t forget to bring money in the form of cash, although there could be cashpoints on site they can be quite hard to get to. To keep your money secure you should have it on your person at all times, to cover food and any other beverages you may want to buy.

Planning your Wardrobe

One of the great things about festivals is that you can wear whatever you want! Clothes that have been long hidden away can be used on this one weekend. Loose trousers and old shorts are perfect, as well as natty tops you’d never think to wear.

Extra clothes are always a must, and just because it’s hot in the day doesn’t mean you won’t need a jumper for night time. Also, always bring waterproofs, no matter where you are it’s never fun to be soaked through. It could be anything as simple as a plastic cover all to your favourite jacket, but make sure to bring one. Finally, it’s always nice to have a few home comforts; a proper pillow, and a few biscuits can really help better the camping experience.

For when you return

For most, bunging the dirty (and very possibly muddy) clothes into a washing machine for an hour is the thing to do once they’ve come back from a festival. However, stains that have been dried in from the heat, or just from the time spent on a campsite, can be a little harder to remove – especially when it comes to those marks that may leave you scratching your head and saying, “what was that from?” A quick wash may just not be enough.

Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel, and a good long soak, can help remove stains. Just add 120ml of gel to a tub of four litres of water. Leave coloured clothes to soak for an hour, or whites for six, and then simply put your clothes into a washing machine for a proper wash.