Last week marked the start on the festival season, kicking off in true festival style with a wet weekend at the Isle of Wight.
Despite the downpour, revellers still threw on the customary knee- high socks, hunter wellies, denim shorts and Ray Bans.
As a festival virgin, I was highly unprepared. So hence, a list of essentials for the forthcoming season to ensure your festival experience is the best it can be.
You would think mid –June the height of the British Summer and sun cream would be an essential. On a more realistic note, it will only take up much needed space in your rucksack for macs, umbrellas and spare towels.
There is nothing worse than being soaking wet and clambering into an equally drenched tent to attempt to sleep through the cold and damp. It was an early departure for me on the Sunday , after waiting 6 hours in the pouring rain to see the Script , it was time for home. Whilst many stayed behind for Kasabian and the last night events, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the evening than in a hot bath tub and a dry, bug-free bed.
Still, the weekend was a lot of fun, and I learnt a lot from my first festival experience.
I would firstly advise NOT to bring a pop –up, disposable tent, as many do. They do not last. Especially if it rains (which it probably will). I suggest a large, strong 3 or 4 man tent so that if it rains you have shelter instead of queuing for and cramming into nearby marquis.
Another absolute essential, as unflattering as it is- a rain mac. I resorted to a three pound plastic sheet they called a rain mac to shield me from the wet, and it was (unsurprisingly) unsuccessful.
It’s well worth paying the extra pennies to stay dry. This bright hooded mac from ASOS is waterproof patent yellow , stylish and practical.
So now you have your two main essentials, along with loo rolls, babywipes, dry shampoo and a compact mirror, your next step is your outfit.
It’s not a simple task, packing the bag for a festival, having to cater for all weather conditions and battling with the smart/casual look. So what are the festival outfits that’ll have you standing out from the crowd?
The Hunter Welly-
We can thank Kate Moss for this one, sporting the hunter and denim hot pant look back in 2005 sparked an enormous entourage of devotees to the hunter welly- they have themselves become a festival fashion essential.
I grabbed a pair of millets wellies at the ferry terminal, when I discovered every other girl sporting a pair. An un-adventurous bogey green, but they came in handy wading through the mud and sludge on the last day.
Another fashion must-have in the field this year is the headband. From pretty florals to scruffy scarves- hair accessories secure the festival look with minimum effort.
Combined with messy up-dos and trilby hats, wayfarers are a quick fix for the retro festival look. Heavy on the purse but well worth the pay-out:
So whether its Reading, Leeds or Glastonbury this year, make sure you grab your essentials and rock out in a stylish outfit this festival season…. and don’t forget your umbrella!