Heading to a festival? Here’s what to bring.
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Words: T. MacInnis

Packing for a festival can be challenging, especially if you’re contesting with always-unpredictable British summer weather. You might need something light one day, the warmest jumper you own the next day, and all the rain gear you brought the day after that. And, you want to look cool, of course.

So, what to pack to prepare yourself for anything a summer festival might throw at you? We’ve got you sorted, from lightweight shorts to graphic prints and the accessories that’ll tie it all together. Read on and get packing.

What are the festival essentials?

The ideal wardrobe for a festival is one that’s in the same colour palette and interchangeable. That’ll mean you can mix and match basically anything you’ve brought and you’ll have a new outfit. So if you have a pair of shorts in a neutral colour, a pair of lightweight trousers in another neutral, a solid-coloured jumper, a T-shirt, and a shirt that adds something extra, you’ll be set. Think: a striped Cuban collar in a breezy fabric.

A coordinated set is a great thing to pack as well, especially if it fits in with the colour palette you’ve chosen. Again, you can split up the separates and wear the shirt with trousers or the shorts with a jumper if (when) the weather changes. 

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What kinds of fabric are best for festival outfits?

If it’s going to be hot, your best bet is linen. Linen is about as breathable and lightweight as it gets, so you’ll be comfortable all day long. Cotton is also a great choice because, although it’s heavier than linen, it’s still breathable and easy to wear. An open-knit shirt is also a great option for unpredictable weather, and you can layer it over a T-shirt if the temperature drops.

No matter what fabrics you choose for your festival outfits, make sure they’re easy to pack, easy to throw on and easy to spot clean if it comes to it.

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What accessories should I bring?

As nostalgic trends continue to prevail, the number one must-have on your festival packing list is, of course, a bucket hat. It’ll look great and protect you from the sun. Sandals that are easy to slip on and off are a great choice for footwear, and trainers are a must if you’re going to be on your feet all day. Otherwise, keep it simple with your accessories and don’t overthink it.

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Whatever you decide to pack for your weekend at a festival this summer, make sure it’s comfortable, suits a variety of temperatures, and is low-effort to wear. And if you’re buying something new, make sure you’re choosing pieces that fit into your everyday wardrobe as well. That’ll help you consider your personal style and you’ll end up with pieces you’ll wear for years – and festivals – to come.