Festival Packing List for Camp Bestival 2014

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This is my up to date Festival Packing List for Camp Bestival 2014.  Last year was my first festival, first time camping as an adult and the first time camping with children. I wrote a packing list to help organise myself and shared it with you all. Would I do things differently this year? I sure would and this is my updated packing list for Camp Bestival 2014:

But basically split it into sections..


  • Tent – Pegs – Mallet < Still the same, but make sure your tent is decent, ours was cheap and it broke! This year we are taking a bell tent.
  • Lantern – Torch – Glow Sticks < Again, these are a must, even with a  torch I lost count of the times we tripped over guy ropes trying to get to the toilets in the night.
  • Air Beds – Foot Pump < We took 2 doubles last year and I hated it! I ended up sleeping on the floor between the 2, whilst the girls were on one, and the husband and baby had the other. This year we are having 5 singles air beds.
  • Sleeping Bags – Pillows – Blankets < I officially don’t do sleeping bags! I hated the restriction of them, so this year it will be duvets, pillows and sheets over the air beds.
  • Ground Sheet
  • Camping Chairs < We took 5 last year, and the kids barely sat still, so I will take a picnic rug for them and just 2 chairs for me and Dan.
  • Wind Sock & Pole (May help you locate tent easier) < We relied on our friends last year, but they had quite a popular one, so it defeated the object, luckily some one camping behind us had a huge flying pig! I am currently on the look out for some thing unique!
  • Swiss Army Knife < Really? Its not needed, just remember a bottle opener and you’re sorted.
  • Large Cool Box  < Our ice blocks all melted quite quickly, but the empty cool box was handy for storing bacon and milk brought from the store within the Festival ready for breakfast each day.

campsite at Camp Bestival - packing list   Cooking/Eating:

  • Gas Cooker – Spare Gas < We just took our small 1 gas burner cooker, this year we will take our bigger one with 2 gas burners and a toaster facility.
  • Plates – Bowls – Cups – Cutlery
  • Washing Up Bowl – Liquid – Cloth < and a drying up cloth!
  • Rubbish Bags
  • Sauce Pans – Kettle
  • Kitchen Roll

Food & Drink:

  • Bottled Water < Again not needed, there are so many water facilities doted around the festival, just bring an empty bottle and keep topping up.
  • UHT Milk  (Freeze beforehand it will last longer in the cool box)
  • Cereal – Muesli Bars
  • Crisps
  • Fruit
  • Tea – Coffee – Sugar
  • Tinned Foods (Remember a tin opener)
  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • Squash
  • Cider (Remember NO GLASS)
  • Wine


  • Medicines < I went over board with this, as I always worry with the kids, but I didn’t need to, there was a fantastic pharmacy within the Festival.
  • First Aid < I will just use the one we have in the car and leave it there just in case its needed.
  • Soap – Shower Gel < lol We never went near a shower the whole time, just take a few packs of baby wipes to freshen up every morning.
  • Towel – Flannel < Wet wipes!
  • Tooth Brush & Paste
  • Nappies – Wet Wipes

  • Toilet Roll < The toilets all had plenty of toilet rolls.
  • Insect Repellant < Never had any problem with insects
  • Hair Brush – Bobbles < The children just developed a feral child style, and they never touched a hair brush the whole time.
  • Face Paints
  • Sun Cream – After Sun Lotion
  • Insect Repellant – Bite Relief < Maybe put some bite relief in the first aid kit in the car?

Getting About:

  • Garden Trolley (Decorate to match the fancy dress theme) < We brought a big metal garden trolley, it was great for getting kit to the car, but its was so heavy and the hills were so big to get from campsite to festival, it ended up being our little kitchen trolley in the tent. We are hoping to get a more light weight one, or just use a off road pushchair instead.
  • Bike Lock < We never used this, it was all very friendly and safe feeling
  • Cushions < some sort of padding in the garden trolley is a good idea if you are using one.
  • Fairy Lights < Ours broke within an hour, so just stock up on glow sticks.
  • Ear Defenders < We didn’t take any last year, but our eldest couldn’t stand the noise levels in the big top, so we will take some for her, but they are readily available to buy in the festival shops.
  • Sharpie (Tattoo your number on your child’s’ arm) < They provide arm bands for kids if you want one.
  • Small Cool Bag for Snacks


  • Rain Ponchos – Umbrella
  • Wellies – Socks
  • Sun Hat – Glasses
  • Warm Evening Clothes
  • Flip Flops
  • Fancy Dress (Circus Theme) < We are all planning to take part this year.

For the Kids:

  • Paper – Pencils < They never sat still for long enough to want to draw.
  • Bubbles < a must!
  • Toys < Maybe some outdoor type games like tennis to play around the camping area

The finale at Camp Bestival is amazing   Important Bits:

  • Tickets
  • Money
  • Camera – Charger < We are looking into getting a solar charger this year as I was always going back to the car to give the phone a quick charge.
  • Safe Place to hid valuables unless you pay for storage at the Festival < I just kept important things like car keys, and money on us, and never had a problem with general items in the tent.


To make things easier, I have created a up to date list you can download, print and tick off as you pack, I hope it helps, and maybe see you there!



Camp Bestival Packing List 2014
Camp Bestival Packing List 2014
Camp Bestival Packing List 2014.pdf
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  1. Nicky Jenkins

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to say thank you for your perfect list!

    Last year we took our (then) 18month old to Bestival and just like you we packed far too much. This year I am determined not to take the half of car load of rubbish we did not use and your list reassures me that if ‘you’ didn’t need it and ‘I’ didn’t use it, then….leave it at home! LOL

    Have fun
    Nicky :)

    1. Elaine

      Thank you for lovely comment! I have already started packing and feel like I’ve packed too much! Have a fab time at the festival xx

  2. Drew

    Hi Elaine

    Great list, I have a question about cooking.
    On the website it says you have to cook in the
    Designated areas but is this the case or can you
    Cook by your tent?

    1. Elaine

      We cooked by our tent with a small 1 ring cooker. You are meant to cook in designated area but just to warm water or beans etc it should be fine. As long as you are careful x

  3. 76sunflowers

    Fantastic list! Everywhere I try and trim down what we take and last year got it down to two trips from car to campsite – would love to get it down to one this time, we shall see! It’s so easy to take too much – I usually overpack on clothes only to wear the same pair of shorts all weekend :) Looking forward to hopefully meeting you :)

    1. Elaine

      I’m just taking leggings and a few dresses. I think my haul of cider will be one trip alone ;)

  4. Mari

    Found it!
    It’s very similar to my camping list but a few festival extras are very handy indeed. printing off now :)

  5. Jackie

    Thanks for your fab packing list – first timers at camp bestival this year – can’t wait! Any tips on keeping food (wine really!) cold?

    1. Elaine

      Drink red wine? And bring a bucket to fill with cold water to put cans in. Also I bring small cartons of UHT milk which I freeze and layer between the food. Have an amazing time!!!

  6. Babes about Town

    This is a great list, I’m busy scouring packing lists for any last minute gear I might have forgotten. We come by train so I like to travel as light as possible, but there are some essentials I definitely have to add and will be popping up my own last minute bits on my blog in a mo x

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