Monday, 30 May 2011

Glastonbury - A Smart Girl's Guide - What to pack

As a veteran of 7 festivals in 5 summers plus a childhood filled with Guide camps, I feel fairly well placed to give advice on surviving festivals in an easy, stylish and enjoyable fashion.

This series is written with Glastonbury in mind (highlight of my summer!), but the majority of the tips will apply to any of the many other festivals taking place this summer.

I thought I'd kick things off with what clothes to pack.


Probably the best way to ruin your weekend is to over pack. I have spent too much time struggling with loads of heavy bags which are full of nonsense to want to see anyone else doing the same! Under packing is no problem if you have plenty of money (you can generally buy everything on site), but why pay over the odds for camping equipment and clothes when you could be spending your cash on having fun?

I can't claim that my method is perfect, but it works for me. You may need to adapt my list to suit you, but the biggest rule is: If you can't easily carry your bags, you have overpacked!


Lookin' good - The Festival Wardrobe - 50s Glamour



Dress
25 GBP - axparis.co.uk
Flower top
15 GBP - republic.co.uk
Floral top
$40 - topshop.com
Plaid top
91 EUR - sereneorder.com
Blue skirt
$60 - topshop.com
Skinny short
16 GBP - peacocks.co.uk
Jimmy Choo buckle boot
$425 - nordstrom.com
Dolce & Gabbana floral shoes
$314 - farfetch.com
Jane Norman two tone hat
14 GBP - janenorman.co.uk
Ray Ban metal aviator sunglass
$159 - mytheresa.com
Headbands hair accessory
$14 - topshop.com



I've gone for a glamorous 50's inspired look here but you can go with whatever you like. Just choose some colours and try to get everything to match as well as you can.

My essential wardrobe items would be:
  • Comfy undies
  • Spare socks + 1 pair of long socks for inside your wellies
  • Pair of shorts/skirt
  • Pair of lightweight trousers
  • A couple of tshirts and vests
  • A shirt/blouse (looks cute and keeps the sun off your shoulders)
  • Hoody or jumper
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfy trainers
  • Wellies
  • Waterproof
  • Add dresses etc if you have space!
Take my advice - don't pack loads of different options, and don't bother taking sandals or flip flops unless you want your toe nails smashed to bits.

You'll fit more into your bag if you roll everything up tightly. I find that stuffing my wellies with socks helps to save space too! Another handy tip is to pack your clothes in clear zip lock bags, making it easier to find what you're looking for AND help keep things clean and dry.


Why not make your own festival capsule wardrobe on polyvore and share it in the comments?

Check back later this week for more tips on camping equipment, staying clean and beautiful, dealing with festival toilets, who to see, finding tasty food and drink and avoiding burn out...phew!
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