Music festival essentials packing list

Once you’ve battled with the booking website and grabbed music festival tickets, you can start the serious business of working out what you’ll take with you. There’s more to festival prep than buying a floral headband or a pair of wellies. So you can dash from stage to stage with only the clashes to worry about, here’s minicabit’s ‘music festival essentials’ packing list.

Super dry and fully loaded

Pop your muddy wellies on them, stash away yesterday’s stinky clothes, sit on them while you eat your lunch – you can cram a lot of bin bags in even a small rucksack and you’ll be pleased you did.

Your swipeable gadgets

Before you pile all your devices into your bag, stop to check if you really need all of them. How will you protect them from rain or theft? As long as you can keep in touch with your besties and grab the odd photo, anything else is just a bit of a risk.

Cleaner than Clean Bandit

Yes, using some of the precious space in your bag for a loo roll or two is worth it. Pack wet wipes and hand sanitizer to beat the bugs and keep you comfortable.

A clash finder

Leave it as late as you possibly can to screen shot or download the latest clash finder for the event onto your phone or better still print it!

When coffee simply isn’t enough – a first aid kit for those morning-afters!

Don’t let a headache or sore throat ruin the party. Keep going – pack some feel-better basics like paracetamol, ibuprofen or cough sweets.

Your festival tent and bedding

Make sure your shelter for the night is built for UK festival weather. Will it keep the rain out and stand up to the wind? Practise putting up your tent and seeing if you can all fit in it! Rollmats can create a lovely soft layer between you and lumpy cold ground. Take a proper pillow and a decent sleeping bag.

Plastic bottles to refill with water

Save on expensive bottles of pop, fill up your own bottles – there are usually plenty of water stations around festival sites to keep everyone hydrated.


Whether it’s the loos or your tent you’re hunting for during the night, carry a torch (and batteries) with you. Have fun thinking up ways to make your tent individual and spottable!

A camping stove and simple snacks or drinks

So you can grab a quick and cheap bite in the morning, or before bed, pack some instant pasta snacks, tinned foods and anything that won’t need a fridge or much cooking.

Travel in style without blowing your budget

Travel together. Up to 8 passengers can travel in many of our cars. You can warn us about your festival luggage by selecting the ‘camping gear’ luggage option so the minicabit booking site can identify the right size car for your trip. Save your valuable beer money – check out our great cab rates from all across the UK directly to & from festivals.

If you are heading to a festival this year you could take advantage of our great festival booking offers below!

Festival                                Offer*             Promo code to use    

Blissfields                             £10 off             blissfields – Book now

Wireless                                £10 off             wireless – Book now

2000 Trees                            £10 off            2000trees – Book now

T in the Park                         £10 off            tpark – Book now

Latitude                                 £10 off            latitude – Book now

Lovebox                                 £10 off           lovebox – Book now

Secret Garden Party              £10 off           secretgarden – Book now

Camp Bestival                        £10 off            campbestival – Book now

Standon Calling                     £10 off            standon – Book now

V Festival                                £10 off            vfestival – Book now

Reading Festival                     £10 off             reading – Book now

Big Feastival                          £10 off             feastival – Book now

Creamfields                           £10 off             creamfields – Book now

Leeds Festival                       £10 off             leedsfest – Book now

* pre paid only / min. £50 booking