Glastonbury: Survival Guide

Now Glastonbury has suddenly come around, I’m gutted I’m not going this year.

It is by far the best festival I have been to, and the biggest!

Some of you will be preparing to set off in the early hour’s tomorrow morning, or will even be camping out tonight to be first in the queue!

For those of you who are Glasto newbies, here are a few tips on how to survive!

  1. Buy a phone charging block:

You’ll probably use your phone to take photos so it will run out of battery really quickly. A decent phone charging block should give you at least 5 charges worth and see you through the whole time at Glasto. With 170,000 people swarming around, a phone is your best hope of finding friends… especially after queuing for toilet!

  1. Take decent wellies:

You’ll be in these all day, every day, so buying a good pair of wellies and welly socks will save your feet! It might be worth taking extra socks in case it rains loads and they get soaked.

  1. Use a trolley for tinnies:

Invest in an old lady shopping trolley, because you can put all of your cans of cider/beer in this and pull it along… which is so much easier than carrying it! You can’t take glass bottles into Glasto, so make sure you decant any spirits into plastic bottles beforehand too.

  1. Pre-select a camping spot:

Make sure you and your friends decide on a camping spot before you go. I recommend somewhere on a slope so you don’t get flooded if it rains loads. You don’t want to be right next to toilets but not a long walk away either.

  1. Perfect your packing:

To avoid your clothes looking crumpled and creased, roll your clothes up instead of folding them. It is also a useful way to fit more in your bag. Make sure you take clothes you can sit down in easily – you’ll be sat on the floor a lot, so shorts and floaty dresses are a good option!

  1. Arrive early:

Make sure at least one of your festival family squad is arriving early on Wednesday, as you need someone to put the tent up in a decent spot before it all fills up!

  1. Pitch your tent first:

I recommend carrying your tent first and going back for your backpack and supplies once it’s pitched. It’s too heavy to carry everything at once and you might be queuing for hours to get in!

  1. Wash your hair in a bucket:

The queue for showers is ridiculous so instead take a bucket to use to wash your hair. It sounds mad but it’s actually such a good solution and makes you feel fresh and clean. This bucket can double up as a drinks cooler if you fill it with cold water!

  1. Wash your body with shower gel:

This is also going to sounds nuts but using shower gel and face wipes is the best way to get clean! I recommend Aussie Fresh Mate body wash.

  1. Drink vodka and squash:

Vodka and orange squash is the perfect combo for a festival. You can buy a bottle of water, drink some and then fill it with some vodka and squash. It’s the easiest thing to carry around with you and it much cheaper than buying drinks from the vendors.

  1. Don’t rush to leave:

My friends and I left around 12 o’clock on the Monday and the queues out of Glastonbury were still ridiculous. You’re better off sleeping for longer and heading off later in the day, to avoid some of the traffic.

Here’s a quick checklist of essentials to pack:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Blanket
  • Travel pillow
  • Travel tissues
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Phone charging block
  • Wellies + welly socks
  • Raincoat
  • Bum bag or backpack
  • Torch
  • Collapsible water container
  • Bucket
  • Snacks (breakfast bars + crisps)
  • Cans of cider or beer (no glass is allowed on site)
  • Drinks pouches (so you can carry spirits with you)
  • Shower gel + face wipes
  • Small mirror


Embrace the mud and mayhem!

x Morts x

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