Everything you need to prepare for Glastonbury Festival

Finally, after three years Glastonbury Festival is back. And it couldn’t come any sooner.

If you are one of the 135,000 people who managed to secure a ticket back in 2019 (they sold out in 27 minutes), congratulations.

The festival had been due to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020 but, well, we all know what happened next.

Spirits were raised once again for 2021, but once again, coronavirus put paid to the festivities and the event was cancelled for the second time.

Hence why anticipation for this year’s proceedings are exceedingly high.

On the lineup, attendees can expect major names like Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar.

But as any seasoned festival attendee will know, Glastonbury is about much more than just the music.

Stretching over five days, the festival itself is quite the camping event. With minimal access to washing facilities and the possibility of extreme weather conditions, it can be a taxing affair if you’re not properly prepared.

Hence why we have compiled the ultimate guide to preparing for Glastonbury Festival. Here’s everything you need to know before packing your bags and descending onto Worthy Farm.

One of the first things people will tell you about Glastonbury is the toilets. That’s to say that their potent scent is fairly hard to forget in a hurry. With this in mind, let’s start with hygiene.

You will already have heard that babywipes are a festival essential. But these are hardly the most sustainable option when it comes to keeping clean. Instead, we advise investing in some body wash bars. There are plenty of varieties that you can use to wash your body and even your hair. Try these plastic-free mint and poppyseed body bars or this all-natural cleansing spray for a more eco-friendly washing solution.

Other obvious hygiene essentials you will want to bring include plenty of hair bands, toilet roll, deodorant, sun cream, insect repellant, and anything else you’d bring on holiday. Except you need to remember that on this holiday there is no bathroom.

This might sound like an odd thing to bear in mind when going to festival but there are certain logistical things you’ll need to know when it comes to self-care. Firstly, you need to know that, with a permiter of around eight-and-a-half miles, Glastonbury Festival is huge.

Try to pack as lightly as you can, because you will be walking around the festival a lot. Ditch your pretty strappy sandals and instead opt for one pair of sturdy boots or trainers, depending on the weather. If it’s raining, look no further than a reliable pair of Hunter wellies. The brand is Kate Moss’s go-to for Glastonbury and it can be yours too.

If it’s trainers you’re after, try these new flatform Superga shoes from the brand’s recent collaboration with Emily Ratajkowski.

Kate Moss pictured with Pete Doherty at Glastonbury in 200

Putting the comfort of your feet aside, the other main thing about self-care when it comes to Glastonbury is sleep. Again, it might be the last thing on your mind, but it’s worth remembering that camping is not a quiet experience. Don’t forget to bring an eye mask and ear plugs to ensure you can get some shut-eye at the festival.

Finally, consider your beauty regime and how you might adapt it for a festival. You could try investing in a travel kit from your favourite brand, there are some great ones at Dr Barbara Sturm and The Organic Pharmacy, and remember to pack an SPF. Even if it’s raining, you’ll want something to protect your skin, like this day cream with SPF 15.

If you’re planning on dousing yourself in glitter, you’ll also want to pay special attention to your skin as this can aggravate sensitive skin types. This serum is great at reducing irritation and signs of redness.

You are going to spend five nights in a field surrounded by fellow unwashed festival-goers. There are a few things you need in order to make this bearable. The first is a good tent. You want to aim for something a little bigger than you need; tents are always smaller than you think they are once you’ve loaded all of your bags inside them.

There are some essentials you need to pack


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