Kit yourself out with these affordable camping essentials

Take it from a festival veteran, if there’s one thing worse than a mud bath at festival, it’s forgetting something important.

Although you can buy things there if you really need to, it will cost you the earth. So ensuring you’re fully kitted out in advance will save you a pretty penny (and more cash for ciders).

To help you prep, we’ve put together the ultimate list of everything you need – from the all-important sleeping bag to a never-ending supply of baby wipes – at the best prices online.

Use our full checklist below and spend less time rummaging around for what you need, and more time choosing which bands you want to see first.

Top retailers for camping essentials:

  • Amazon – In a rush? Amazon Prime is your best bet.

  • Argos – The click and collect queens have a huge range of products at an affordable price.

  • Halfords – Halfords has a great range for a number of different budgets

  • Go Outdoors – Has everything you could need including and everything you might not thought of

  • Cotswold Outdoor – Their personalised fitting service will make sure you buy the right thing for you

The ultimate festival shopping list:


First things first, you will need a tent. Don’t even think of not taking one.

This 4 man tent from Go Outdoors has 28% off making it just £25.00 and will keep you warm and dry. You can find other budget but good quality tents from Freedom , Vango and Coleman .

Top tip – Get a tent that’s ‘a size up’, that extra person’s room will make all the difference when you’re not packed in like sardines.

Sleeping bag

Next up, you will need a sleeping bag. This one from Decathlon , is perfect to keep warm in chilly summer evenings. And it’s only £11.99 , which for a quality sleeping bag is a steal.

Dry shampoo

Hair can end up looking far from its finest after a day on the field, so make sure you bring some products to help keep it looking Instagram ready.

Aussie do a great one for £4.69 (from Boots) in an array of delicious scents, such as Kiwi or Peach.

Air bed

After a few years sleeping on a cheap yoga mat (I wouldn’t recommend it), I’ve invested in a self inflating airbed . They flatten and roll into nothing, but those few centimetres of air when inflated will make a massive difference.

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You’ll also need something to get it all there in. Go Outdoors have made a massive reduction on this Hi Gear backpack, with 42% off for £20.00 . There’s loads of pockets, and space, making it perfect for carrying everything you need, and easy to find things in your tent.


Wellies are an absolute must, even in good weather, this Karrimor pair from M and M Direct are only £19.99 , meaning you can have quality boots which keep your feet dry without spending a fortune.

Rain mac

Also buy a lightweight anorak, to keep dry when the rain inevitably strikes. This Helly Hansen mens one is £50 but will keep you bone dry. Ladies, we love these holographic ones from Pretty Little Thing .

Portable charger

This charger may not be the cheapest, but for a few pounds more it’s worth it. This Raw Power charger has enough juice for at least six full charges of most smart phones, it’s £36.99 but it’s one of the best.

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Toilet roll

Save space in your bag and grab tissues over toilet roll, a pack of six is only 60p . Let’s just leave that one there shall we?

Sun cream

You’ll be outside all weekend and looking at this forecast you’ll need to make sure you’re sun safe. This Mailbu suncream is only £2.50 , so no more burnt shoulders and foreheads.

Knee socks

If the weather’s nice and you’re in shorts, make sure you pick up some over knee socks , they’ll stop the top of your wellies rubbing your legs.

Folding chair

You can’t stay on your feet all day, so make sure to invest in a camping chair, they fold into nothing and will save you sitting on the muddy floor all weekend, this one is under £8 from Argos .

Travel pillow

A travel pillow will make your tent feel more like bed, sleeping on a rolled up jumper is no where near as nice. This orange one is bright, light and only £6.49 .

Don’t forget wet wipes , hand santiser and Vitamin C tablets – these handy extras will make your life a lot easier.

Effervescent tablets

Partying all day and night takes its toll, so give yourself a boost the morning after with some Berocca . The vitamins should give you a bit more energy and wake you up ready for another day full of music.

They’re currently 3 for 2 at Boots , so stock up for less.

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Now for the fun stuff…

    Face/body glitter

    Sparkle all day and night in this long lasting glitter from Karizma , you’ll need to attach it with vaseline, but it’ll shine as long as you do. Don’t go for arts and crafts glitter, it’ll hurt.

    Fairy lights

    Battery operated fairy lights are perfect for brightening up your tent, plus they look great.


    Pick out a pair of party suitable sunglasses, it’s a festival, so try not to stick to plain black. ASOS have a number under £10 for men and women .

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