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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Ultimate Family Festival Checklist

So the evenings are getting lighter, it's definitely feeling pretty mild out there (I saw daffodils blooming at the weekend!) and the supermarket shelves are full of Easter eggs. That can only mean one thing...... it's nearly Festival Season!

After a wonderful summer of family festivals last year, I've already started collecting together everything we need to camp in comfort and style again this year - and I thought I'd share my list with you lovely lot.

The key is to only pack what you really need.... but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take a few home comforts to make your camping experience utterly brilliant!

1. Home Sweet Home.
Camping equipment is a necessity, although you really don't have to spend a fortune. If you're planning on taking in a lot of festivals over the course of the Summer/upcoming years then I would advise investing in a decent tent that is easy to put up and comfortable to 'live' in for a few days at a time. Separate sleeping compartments are brilliant. Sleeping bags, blow up beds and mats are also a must - duvets and pillows may be preferable where children are concerned - and if you're planning on making your own meals then you'll also need cooking (and eating!) equipment and food that will keep without being refrigerated. Snacks like cereal bars, boxes of raisins and fruit are great for kids and bottles of water and cartons of pasteurised juice are a godsend too (I always find drinks at festivals ridiculously expensive - the non alcoholic ones even more so). Take towels - even if you slum it all weekend and don't shower they'll come in handy - and bunting, flags and solar powered strings of fairy lights are also important so that your camp is easy to find, especially in the dark! Picnic blankets (the kind that roll up into a bag) are particularly useful too, both at camp and when out and about around the festival.

2. Keeping clean.
It goes without saying that you'll need to take toilet rolls, hand sanitiser and baby/wet wipes. Whatever you think you'll need, take more! Toothbrushes and toothpaste are essentials plus soap/shower gel and deodorant.

3. Keeping safe.
Festivals are fun, of course, but staying safe is of utmost importance. Torches are essential for late night journeys back to camp/to the loo, Kattoo tattoos for kids are utterly brilliant, a small first aid kit will give you peace of mind even if it isn't used (we packed plasters, antihistamines, savlon, calpol, paracetamol, suncream, aftersun and bite cream) and ear defenders for littlies will be your best buy - even if the music isn't too loud for them they are a godsend when they want to go to sleep. Lights for buggies/radio flyers make travelling around the festival at night much safer, plus they're heaps of fun.

4. Festival fashion.
Plan for all eventualities - but don't take your entire wardrobe! With English summers come rain showers so pack waterproofs and wellies even if the forecast says it's going to be warm. Even when the sun is out during the day, the evenings can get really chilly so pack a warm jumper for everyone to wear at night - and thick socks and hats etc too. Layer up during the day; shorts and vests/t-shirts are great for sunny days and can be folded up super tiny so won't take up much room in your bag - and bright clothes for children are a great idea so that they are easy to spot in a crowd!

5. Fun for the kids.
The main point of festivals is to have fun! Take fancy dress - tutus, wings and tails are always for sale so if you want to save money, pack your own! The same goes for face paints; there is a charge of £3-7 a time if you have it done by the professionals so take your own and save again. Pack bubbles and glow sticks, and sticker books and crayons are handy (for keeping the littlies occupied while you pitch your tent and just in case the weather is rubbish and you're stuck indoors for a few hours).

What do you think of my list? If you've anything to add, please let me know in the comments below xoxo

This post has been written in collaboration with Jacksons of Old Arley

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