My 13 festival ‘essentials’ – The JoeFest Blog

Hannah Davies on what you can’t do without at a festival.

I’ve heard there are two kinds of people at festivals: those who pack everything including the kitchen sink, and those who simply turn up in what they are wearing with a crate of beers. I would put myself in the first category, being someone who can never be found without a snack and a bottle of water. However, I’m going to try and reign in my overpacking and strike a balance. Assuming a tent and a sleeping bag are a given for campers, here is my list of things-that-you-should-probably-bring-to-a-festival-to-make-your-experience-optimal-even-though-they-are-maybe-not-100%-essential:

1. Baby wipes.

If the ingenious JoeFest bucket shower isn’t your thing, these are a real must if you want to feel at least a bit clean and fresh when you wake up in your more than warm tent.

Baby Wipes

2. Dry shampoo.

When you’ve reached Saturday and the grease starts to set in, dry shampoo is a godsend. Embrace the bedraggled ‘boho’ look! I would also recommend putting your hair into french plaits, keeping it ‘fresher for longer’ and also looking funky.

Dry Shampoo

3. Water bottles.

I always take my own supply of water to a festival, particularly because you are spending your time outdoors and if the weather is warm it is especially important to stay hydrated. Think of bringing a refillable bottle to help the environment and you can fill it up at the water points around the JoeFest site. If you don’t already have your own Love Island personalised bottle, this Aladdin model is a good one which I’ve had before (and it’s got a Disney name). You can get it at Black’s in Lincoln with 15% off if you show your JoeFest ticket confirmation email. #winwinsituation

Water Bottle

4. Hand Sanitiser.

Portaloos can get a bit disgusting so fend off the germs with a little bottle of hand gel. These are really cheap in Lidl and Wilko etc.

Hand Sanitiser

5. Sun Cream.

If you get burnt, it could ruin your whole JoeFest. Protect yourself, ok!

Sun Cream

6. Packet of tissues.

Nobody wants to get caught short. I think this one is self-explanatory.


7. Torch.

This one is easy to forget because you are so used to having electricity wherever and whenever you want it! Getting into your sleeping bag or visiting the portaloos at night can be difficult without one (mind the guy ropes!). I also think having a night light, such as this one, inside your tent can be pretty convenient so that you can be hands-free. 


8. Portable phone charger.

Bring one of those swanky power banks fully charged up so you can use your phones to take loads of fun pics at JoeFest! Don’t forget the cable!

Phone Charger

9. Picnic Blanket.

Great for sitting on outside your tent, perfect when you need to give your legs a rest in the arena. I’ve got one that folds up really small (Poundland), then I just clip it on my bum bag and off I go!


10. Pillow.

Be it goose feather, be it synthetic, be it inflatable, it’s gonna mean for a better night’s sleep and you will thank your past self for packing one.


11. Sleeping mat.

Try and make your floor-bed as bed-like as possible! The self-inflating ones mean you don’t even have to worry about pumping it up.

Joe Asleep

12. Rubbish bags.

So that you’re not sleeping amongst your own used baby wipes and are also doing your bit to keep the stunning JoeFest site clean.

Bin Bags

13. Cash.

Card payments will be accepted at the JoeFest arena bar but bring along cash just in case. This would be a good backup for some of the smaller stalls and activities you might like to get involved in. Keep it in a secure place and don’t leave valuables in your tent!


If you would like to completely avoid having to pack most of this stuff, JoeFest 2018 has an arboretum glamping option in some beautiful, fully equipped bell tents. Consider it the most Instagrammable and also comfortable way to experience JoeFest!

Don’t forget you can pick up all your festival essentials from Black’s Lincoln on the High Street with 15% off! Just present your email confirming your JoeFest 2018 ticket purchase.

Happy packing!

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