This time in one week, I’ll have finished work and will be loading the car for a trip down to Somerset. That’s right, it’s just one week until Glastonbury Festival 2015! Who is excited? It can’t just be me!
One of the things that really raises my excitement levels is when I start packing and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. At the moment I’ve just got as far as packing my clothes. This requires quite a bit of prep, especially considering the good old British weather.
This will be my eighth Glastonbury and typically the festival seems to bring everything from severe thunder storms through to beautiful sunshine with temperatures of 27 degrees. Quite often it will bring both of these things in one festival, along with all the weather possibilities in between. With this in mind it can be difficult to know what to pack.
I always try and cover the following with my packing:
- Wet weather
- Cold temperatures
- Hot temperatures
For wet weather the most important thing is to have wellies or some sort of waterproof walking boots. I have lived without a rain coat at Glastonbury before and can manage that but the first year I went to the festival, I didn’t bring wellies and that was an HUGE error. It was 2005 and the year of the mega storm on the Thursday night. The whole site was flooded and lots of people even lost their tents. Once it rains at Glastonbury, even just a little, it tends to get very muddy. That’s just what happens in a field with 175,000 people traipsing around so good footwear is essential until the ground dries out.
By all means pack a raincoat, poncho or some kind of waterproof coat as well, but don’t leave off the wellies.
Even if the forecast predicts 27 degrees and sunshine every day, you will need to have warm clothes. Remember, if it sunny in the day time then that means there is minimal cloud cover and so nothing keeping the heat in. In the UK that tends to mean pretty cold nights.
I always take a hat, scarf and gloves with me and am always pleased to have them. Last year I took a winter coat too and will be doing the same this year. In my eyes, there is nothing worse than being cold in the evenings, especially when you are going back to a tent at the end of the night and not your usual warm bed.
Don’t forget to bring several jumpers, ideally ones that you can layer up. That way you can just put an extra layer on or take one off as and when you need to.
Tights and leggings are also really handy for sticking on underneath dresses or shorts when it get a little cooler it is worth packing those too.
Men: Long Johns can be a God send in the cold so it really is worth investing in a pair or two.
I love sunshine! I could quite happily stroll around the Glastonbury site in 30 degrees and blazing sun! I know most people struggle a bit with this but for me it is perfect. It also means there’s the rare opportunity to actually wear some summer clothes in the UK so I make the most of it and bring dresses, shorts and pretty tops. I favour thin materials that pack easily and will stick a blouse, shirt or jumper on over the top at night time, along with leggings or tights too.
If you struggle with the heat then make sure you bring a hat or an umbrella to keep the sunshine off you too. There are very few trees around Glastonbury meaning there’s little shade so a hat or umbrella can prove very welcome when the sun beats down.
On a bit of a side note,I know that some Glastonbury goers get annoyed with people who care about what they are going to wear at the festival beyond making sure they are comfortable. In fact it always surprises me how angry it seems to make some people that others are interested in fashion.
I couldn’t care less what others wear – each to their own as far as I’m concerned and that means you can wear a 15 year old jumper or the latest spring/summer 2015 fashion and I won’t be paying much attention. What I do care about is how I look. Don’t get me wrong, I look far from perfect at the festival (who does when you are in a field for five days). I won’t spend hours pruning myself in my tent,but I do like to wear pretty clothes and so do put thought into what I’m taking with me. This is one of the reasons I LOVE a heat wave Glastonbury as I can just be so much more creative with what I’m wearing!
What’s on my packing list?
I do have a tendency to over pack but if it won’t fit in my trusty backpack then it isn’t coming! My backpack is pretty small yet I usually have space spare.
- Three dresses
- Five ‘nice’ tops
- Three strappy/strapless tops
- One kimono
- Two thick jumpers
- One Heat Holders fleece
- Two pairs of leggings
- Four pairs of tights (I always bring last seasons ones which my feet inevitably have managed to go through)
- One pair of Harem Trousers
- A pair of denim shorts
- Pyjama trousers (mainly just to wear at night in the queue!)
- Socks – lots of them, including two mega cost pairs of Heat Holders
- Underwear (of course)
- A bikini top…just in case
- Ankle boots
- Flip flops
- A hat, scarf and gloves
- Winter coat
And here it is packed. It all fits perfectly into my 25+4 litre rucksack with room spare too.
So not long now folks. Just seven more sleeps and then most of you will be in your way!