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Our Family Festival Packing List

Posted on
June 29, 2017

With less than a month until Camp Bestival 2017 my thoughts have turned to what we need to pack.
We are seasoned Camp Bestival campers with it being our fourth year, but every year we add something to our must pack list, as it does change slightly as the kids get older.
Camp Bestival is held at Lulworth, a spectacular site in the heart of Dorset which is very hilly so you have to make an executive decision where you pitch your tent. It is either close to your car or close to the main site and I would recommend you find a flat pitch as there is nothing worse than sliding down the tent when you are trying to sleep.
As there are lots of hills to climb and dragging a trolley full of camping equipment and /or kids is very hard work. It normally takes us 5 or 6 trips to and from the cars to get all our camping equipment and clothes to our pitch and we have to take two cars too as we cannot fit four children and the tent in the car all together.
It does all sound hard work, but I can promise you it is very worth it!
Our Camp Bestival Packing List!
Outwell Transporter – With puncture proof rubber wheels this foldable transporter takes up little room in the car and provides easy transportation of bulky items like the tent to and from the campsite. It also doubles as a handy festival trolley and we line ours with a picnic blanket and decorate it for the kids to sit in when they get tired.
Outwell Transporter
The Tent! – I would recommend you choose the perfect one for your family and there are loads of affordable options out there. We have a large Olpro Cocoon 8 which looks a bit like a huge caterpillar and is easy to spot. It is the perfect size for a family of 6, although last year the teen moved out into his Pacman tent from Field Candy. Don’t forget the mallet and tent pegs!
Camp Bestival
Windbreaks: The thing about any festival is it is busy, very busy. It is easy to feel lulled into a false sense of security on a Thursday as everyone leaves each enough space to pitch, however people arrive all through the weekend and any spare inch of space is used to pitch a tent, which we found to our cost when someone pitched right by our front door and we had to climb over their guy ropes everytime we needed to access our tent. Using windbreaks creates a divide and stops this happening.
Self Inflating Sleeping Mats: We started off with normal sleeping mats but these are the way forward and add an extra level of comfort and insulation to you stay.
Sleeping Bags: It may be the height of summer, but trust me it gets very chilly at night, so a good quality, warm sleeping bag is a must!
Pillows: Comfort is a must
Solar Fairy Lights / Bunting / Flags: Anything to decorate your tent and trolley with to make it easy to find day or night.
Camp Bestival
Bungee Cord / String / Scissors – great for attaching a sunshade to the festival trolley or making sure things don’t fall out whilst transporting them to / from the car.
Torch and Headlight – A headlight is a must as those festival toilets are pitch black in the middle of the night.
Gigsak – a picnic blanket that doubles as handy shelter if you get caught out by the rain.
Clothing: it is the UK so be prepared for any eventuality. In previous years we have had a couple of showers, but they have been in the morning so they didn’t really affect us. Nevertheless it is wise to take waterproofs and wellies, warm jumpers, t-shirts, shorts, jeans, underwear, sun hats, sensible shoes and pyjama’s / warm onesie’s for overnight.
Camp Bestival
Don’t forget your pop / rockstar costumes too!!
Toiletries: The great thing about Camp Bestival is it provides warm showers and sinks, so you can take your normal toiletries. I do recommend adding baby wipes and toilet rolls to the list too, as these can come in very handy, especially with kids.
Poshwash Showers
First Aid Kit: Get a decent size one make sure you add paracetamol suspension, insect repellant, antihistamine, plasters, paracetamol, ibruprofen, rehydration sachets, sunscreen and after-sun.
Food: I have to admit that we have really cut down on the amount of food we take as there is so much affordable choice available to eat out, but we do take snacks – nuts, crisps, biscuits, fruit, squash and breakfast cereal. There are free water filling stations all around the site, so make sure you take refillable bottles too.
Other items to remember are:
Ear Defenders
Camp Bestival
Glow Sticks
Dressing up clothes – we love our tails from Tell Tails as they don’t take up too much room

Colouring Books / Activity Packs
Battery Pack for your smart phone – I swear by my Rav Power one that hold up to 6 full phone charges
Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you forget something, don’t panic – there are stalls onsite that pretty much sell everything that you could every need!!
What is your family festival must have?

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    Rhian Westbury

    June 30, 2017

    There’s so much to take to a festival but a self inflating mattress is one of the most important as if you can have a good nights sleep then that’s the best x

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    June 30, 2017

    I’ve seen a lot about Camp Bestival, it looks so much fun! I’ve never been to a family festival only the big music ones. I definitely agree with the self inflating mattress and clothes for all weathers.

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    Rachel neal

    June 30, 2017

    That outsell transporter looks fantastic. Perfect to use even not at festivals. Going to the beach or anything really. My kids would love to sit in it and be pulled around.

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    Nayna Kanabar

    June 30, 2017

    What a wonderful way to spend time with family, the outwell transporter looks so comfy for a nap and great for outdoors, very versatile in its usage.

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    June 30, 2017

    Such a comprehensive list! The self inflating sleeping mats would be one of my essentials – can’t beat a bit of comfort 🙂

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    Carla S

    June 30, 2017

    I haven’t been to any camping festivals but this one seems to be very popular. It always looks like so much fun!

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    five little doves

    June 30, 2017

    Oh I’m so jealous, I bet it is amazing! That’s a great list, I am useless when it comes to remembering the important things!

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    June 30, 2017

    Have a great time and this is a great list. I wouldn’t have thought of solar lights and the gigsak sounds ideal

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    Lauretta at Home and Horizon

    July 1, 2017

    This is a very good list. My favorite is the Self Inflating Sleeping Mats.

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    July 1, 2017

    Never been to Camp Bestival but I’ve been to Bestival quite a few times – such good vibes – these are essentials to put on your festival packing list!

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    July 1, 2017

    I like the sound of self-inflating sleeping mats. That sounds so handy to have for camps.

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    Kizzy Bass

    July 2, 2017

    Great list, I would have never thought about decorating a tent or trolley so it was easier to find! Have a fab time

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    Tea bees trips

    July 2, 2017

    I have never heard of this festival before but it looks nice.

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    July 2, 2017

    Great list, I would have never thought to have taken half of this stuff. maybe that is why we haven’t been to a festival before. eek. x

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    Baby Isabella

    July 2, 2017

    Great list and love the windbreaker idea! We’d also recommend taking earplugs incase someone decides to shout BOGEYS at the top of their lungs in the middle of the night 😉

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      July 4, 2017

      Do love a good game of campsite bogies, just not in the middle of the night

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    July 2, 2017

    I’ve never been to a festival so this was really helpful! I’d love to take the kids, (maybe next year) but need to do a lot of planning!

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    July 4, 2017

    Wow that’s a fab camp set up you have! The transporter looks really handy

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    Ayesha Farhad

    July 4, 2017

    I have actually never been camping or to a festival so your list is now making me want to go to one desperately!

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    July 4, 2017

    What a fantastic list of must haves, there are so many useful items too that I would have never thought of.

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    Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    July 14, 2017

    We went camping once with a brand new tent, only to find on arrival in Somerset that the tent poles were missing! So make sure that what you are taking is working before you go is my top tip.
    (Craig helping out)



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