Joys of Packing Less

 

Festie life is much easier when you travel light – this page is packed full of info to help you with that!

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  1. The “Snuggle Ups” – 2 People
  2. The Roomy Two Person
  3. The Kitchen Sink Duo
  4. The Happy Hippy – 1 Person
  5. The Family List – 4 People
  6. Things NOT To Bring
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The Joys of Packing Less

  • Less stress on arrival / departure (and you’ll have access to the ‘quick turnaround bus’ if you pack only what you can carry).
  • Less time shopping pre-arrival
  • Less time cooking
  • More time tasting amazing, reasonably priced food
  • Supporting the local economy by buying food and other consumables on site or at the local shop within easy walking distance.
  • More innovative solutions (eg make natural accessories for fancy dress!)
  • Getting to know your festival neighbours
  • Spending more time in festival spaces

 


Kit Lists

Read on to harvest real kit-lists from people who have survived and thrived at festivals with what they can carry…


The ‘Snuggle-ups’

  • Two person tent
  • Double roll mat
  • Double sleeping bag (or duvet!)
  • Food and drink bits: Trangia stove, plastic plates, cutlery, cups, reusable pint glasses, reusable hot drink cups (all for two) and Swiss army knife.
  • Clothes (two options for each layer, one item of pants+socks per day, coat and waterproof trousers, and one or two fancy dress things). Clothes used as pillows, with a sarong on top.
  • Sandals and trainers/wellies (depending on weather).
  • Phone, charger and external battery.
  • Food, drink and booze to cover half of our needs at the festival (buying rest from vendors).
  • Other small things… face paint, pen and paper…

This all fits in something like a big backpack each, each one with either tent or roll mat at the bottom.

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The Roomy Two

Fits into two large rucksacks / wheelie convertibles and a cool bag

  • 4 person tent
  • 2 roll mats
  • 1 thermarest – expensive but only the equivalent to cost of a car parking ticket for two or three festivals and lasts much longer!
  • A few breakfast and lunch items – oat milk; homemade muesli; crackers; veggie pate; chocolate (WE MAY EVEN LEAVE THESE BEHIND AS THERE WILL BE AN ON-SITE SHOP).
  • Re-usable cups / sporks / tupperware tubs.
  • Legless folding camping chair for back support.
  • Money to buy delish festie food (a meal a day plus cake & coffee).
  • Money to buy a couple of small items from a second hand stall & a book or CD from a favourite performer.
  • Previous GG reuseable pint mug.
  • Second hand festival wellies (cut to half size for light carrying).
  • Sandals
  • Sunhats
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs shorts each
  • 2-3 t-shirts or tops or dresses
  • 1 long trousers
  • Full waterproofs
  • Pens
  • Cards / small game to play
  • Book or e-reader
  • Towel / sarongs
  • Toiletry bag – soap; shampoo; conditioner; toothbrush; toothpaste; ear plugs
  • Light solar powered torches / lamps
  • Spare loo roll (not needed last year – thanks toilet fairies 🙂
  • Phones
  • Sleeping bags
  • Light festie blanket / poncho
  • Jumper / sweater
  • Mini foldable solar panel & battery pack (you can also charge at a stall at the fest)
  • Two small fabric fold-away rucksacks
  • Two metal drinking water bottles

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The Kitchen Sink Duo (lightweight style)

  • 3 person tent
  • 2 sleeping mats
  • 2 sleeping bags
  • 2 small towels
  • 4 flannels
  • soap
  • small bottle of shampoo
  • small block of deodorant
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • 1 tube toothpaste
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Painkillers and other meds if needed
  • Toilet roll
  • Lip balm
  • Sun lotion
  • A few sanitary towels
  • 2 reuseable water bottles
  • 500ml plastic bottle of rum
  • 500ml plastic bottle of port
  • 2 cans of beer
  • 2 cans of ginger beer
  • 2 packets of fig rolls
  • 2 packs dried fruit/nuts
  • 1 pack cereal bars
  • 3 t-shirts each
  • 1 pair trousers each
  • 1 sarong each
  • 4 pairs boxer shorts / knickers each
  • 1 jumper each
  • 1 shirt / long sleeved t-shirt each
  • 1 lightweight waterproof jacket each
  • 1 pair leggings / long johns each
  • 1 pair shorts each
  • 1 fancy dress or favourite festival clothes item each
  • Reuseable lightweight plate each (plastic or enamel)
  • Reuseable lightweight mug each (plastic or enamel)
  • Reuseable cutlery set each
  • Phone each
  • Large novel each
  • Money, travel tickets, festival tickets
  • Small LED torch each
  • Reused carrier bag / cotton bag each
  • Large rucksack and small daybag each
  • Bumbag / pockets / handbag / satchel each
  • Pen / pencil & notebook

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The Happy Hippy

  • 2 person tent
  • Roll mat
  • Sleeping bag & fleece liner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Antiseptic
  • Lavender oil
  • Sun lotion
  • Paracetamol
  • Loo roll
  • Tiny mirror
  • Contact lenses
  • Swiss army knife
  • Lighter
  • Water bottle
  • Enamel camping mug
  • Spoon
  • Billy flask (small stove-kettle fed by twigs)
  • Hipflask of brandy
  • Packet of oatcakes
  • Packet of digestive biscuits
  • Bag of raisins
  • Small jar of yeast extract
  • Tin of mackerel
  • 10 teabags
  • Small bag of dried milk powder
  • Small bag of hot chocolate powder
  • 1 pair trousers
  • 2 pairs leggings
  • 1 pair tights
  • 1 small skirt
  • 1 vest top
  • 1 short sleeved t-shirt
  • 1 long sleeved t-shirt
  • 1 warm hoody
  • 1 warm waistcoat
  • 1 sarong
  • 4 pairs knickers
  • 4 pairs socks
  • 1 thin waterproof jacket
  • Phone
  • Money, travel tickets, festival tickets
  • Notebook & pen
  • Torch
  • Rucksack
  • Day bag
  • Pocket bag

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The Family List

Mum & 3 children – 7, 8 and 13 – travelling by train; each child carries their own rucksack of things. Air beds hired from Camplight.

  • Tent – large 4 person or a 5 person
  • Sleeping bags – 1 each
  • Clothes: Underwear & socks for 4 days; sandals and wellies for each person (wear the wellies); two pairs of leggings each; a cosy pair of pyjamas each; 2-3 changes of clothes each; a warm jumper/hoody each; hat, gloves, scarf and cosy socks each; waterproof jacket each
  • One small cuddly toy each for bedtime
  • Phones, chargers and powerbanks
  • Toiletries: a towel and flannel each, soap, shampoo bars, small tub(s) of deodorant, sun lotion, aloe vera gel, toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Stove, spare gas, large pan and tea ball
  • Small jars/pots favourite coffee and loose tea
  • Snacks – apples, carrots, bombay mix, roasted nuts, dark chocolate and flapjacks
  • Coolbox
  • 1 bowl, plate and cutlery set each (although we may leave at home and use Crock n Rock)
  • Reusable mug each and a reusable water bottle
  • Frozen homemade curry or other one pot meal – enough for lunch for the first one or two days
  • Torches – one each
  • One or two loo rolls
  • Sunglasses and protective case
  • Money, festival tickets, travel tickets, bank card
  • A rucksack each – mum might have two rucksacks!
  • Trusty festie belt
  • One or two bags for life/cotton bags
  • Menstrual cup, cloth sanitary pads and wet bag
  • Stuff for the free shop (if we have extra carrying capacity)

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Things NOT to Bring

The ‘things you almost certainly won’t need’ list. PLEASE LEAVE THESE ITEMS AT HOME (believe us – we have seen them all).

  • Drinking water (apart from what you need on your journey here). The water provided on site is free and drinkable. If concerned / sensitive you could bring a small water filtering device.
  • Futon / thick mattress – unless there’s a medical need.
  • Picnic table / furniture set.
  • Pillows (bring a pillow case and stuff it with a jumper).
  • Multiple pairs of shoes. (One pair of wellies / boots and one pair of sandals / flipflops is all you need.)
  • More than 3 changes of clothes.
  • Lots of alcohol; there are loads of bars, very reasonably priced and with interesting tipples.
  • A car! (especially if you follow the above advice).
  • Non-regular medication – there are medical herbalists and first aiders on site and pharmacies nearby.
  • Lots of food. (People often spend more on a huge pre-fest shop and fuel than if they just brought a few snacks and then treated themselves from the delish festie stalls. In our experience, people who bring food often prefer to buy food on site when they see what’s on offer and how reasonably priced it is. Then they end up either wasting a load of food that they’ve brought, or have to trundle it all the way back home afterwards.)
  • Cooking equipment, unless you’re really sure you’ll use it.
  • Entertainment systems – you have all the entertainment you need on site!
  • Please don’t bring wetwipes – they don’t biodegrade and can’t be recycled – or plastic glitter – it gets into waterways and becomes part of the microplastic problem. In fact, try not to bring any ‘rubbish’ that you’re going to have to leave behind. GG spends around £8000 every year on recycling and waste; we’d much prefer to spend that money on art, music, workshops and experiences!

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Things to Bring

#BringYourOwnMug & reuseable water bottle if you have them (or you can buy these on site).

Tickets – you don’t want to forget those!

A torch, hat and sunscreen.

Things for the free shop and swap shop if you have extra space.