Today marks a week since Glastonbury started and also a week since my hardest day at work since my mind was obviously preoccupied with more important things. This year was my third Glasto and it honestly just keeps getting better and better. Harrison had never been before, and the magic of his inaugural festival was one of the most exciting bits for me. Plus, the fact he hasn’t stopped looking at Reddit posts or Facebook threads about it since means that luckily, he’s caught the bug too.
Glasto is genuinely my favourite place on this earth, and we had intended to go even though the lineup wasn’t particularly exciting to us. In October, I had a little bit of a breakdown when I failed to get tickets. We’d driven down to Plymouth especially to see if four of us could secure them. After getting through to the booking page after two minutes, it crashed which means that we had failed. This then meant that I spent the next two hours sobbing in my sister’s boyfriend’s bed whilst everyone awkwardly shuffled around me, exchanging apologies.
See the thing is unless you’ve been. You wouldn’t really get it. 2019 would’ve been my third year and I was so excited at the idea of sharing this happy place with everyone. Instead, we all ended up piling in the van and driving to IKEA to cheer us up. Obviously, it worked, but it also meant that I couldn’t spend the next eight months writing and re-writing packing lists for things that I would’ve taken. But here I am, writing a packing list because the bloody lovely resale granted me with a ticket.
The two of us went by coach this year which was a first for me. I loved the convenience of it, as well as the fact it was so organised, but arriving on a Thursday meant that we missed being able to explore the site for another day. We had a pretty jam-packed Saturday and Sunday planned (which definitely involved us standing for hours so we could be at the front for Miley), but this meant that we were often leaving our tent at 9 am in order to have a relaxed wander around before things got too busy.
Unlike previous years, the majority of this festival was spent watching people during the daytime. My first experience involved me working ridiculously long shifts, so the idea of spending my days seeing music was an alien concept. However, this made me bloody shattered and meant that my feet (which are more than susceptible to blisters) weren’t exactly cooperating with my night time plans.
There were so many new things to see and do this year, and although we covered most of the site, it proved to me how valuable that Wednesday really is! Arriving a little later meant we also camped SO far out in Darble, although we were grateful for this when we had a 6:30 am bus to catch! Having extra space also proved beneficial with the heat, so although the walk almost killed me several times, never underestimate the quieter campsites.
Packing for Glastonbury is something that I’m going to pretend that I got right this year. In 2016, when the world must have pissed off the rain gods, my hiking backpack was filled with boxed wine and enough clothes to provide everyone at the festival with an extra outfit. In the end, I re-wore the same pair of leggings essentially every day and cursed myself for not bringing more wine. 2017 I thought I’d do it better, but the 20 pots of glitter I bought ended up spilling everywhere and again, didn’t wear half of the clothes I bought with me.
I’m a bit of a clothes fiend, so ensuring that I have a minimum of three outfits a day for each day of the festival was clearly my mantra for packing. Now that I’ve had the fallow year off to reevaluate what is important at a festival (banana bread and rum), I felt ready to tackle packing once again.
This year, we took a camping cooker this year but also, as we went on the coach, packing as light as possible was key. Although I’m sure there were a few last-minute items thrown into my bag that I didn’t end up using, this is the packing list that I’m sticking to this year for the rest of my festival calendar.
- Sleeping bag (I’ve bought a Silentnight pod to use this year and I’m so excited that I’ve been sitting in it around the house for the past month. 10/10 would recommend)
- Pillow – we’re taking an inflatable one each because of the coach but a real pillow is a dream
- Air mattress
- Toilet roll
- Portable charger
- Toiletries (shower stuff, toothbrush, etc)
- Dustpan and brush – these are essential if you have muddy boots and to remove grass
- Camping cooker
- Gas canisters
- Hairbrush and hairbands
- Boots or wellies
- Flipflops – these can be useful for toilet trips in the night
- A hat