The Ultimate Family Festival Gear Checklist

The Ultimate Family Festival Gear Checklist

By Anita Rosebury

| Apr 22 , 2019

You've read our family festivals blog, you've checked out the line-up, you've bought your tickets and now you're getting ready to pack. But what do you need to take? Before you even begin to get things ready you need to know the following things: 

  • How far is it from the car park/train station to the festival site? The further you have to cart your gear, the less you will want to pack.
  • How many people are going? If you are going with other families, discuss who is taking what so you can spread the load a bit.

Whether you are staying one night or three nights, camping or glamping, taking the kids or leaving them behind - there are some essential items you will need to take to ensure the experience is as fun as possible.

Water Bottle (Not Plastic)!

Keeping everyone hydrated is essential wherever you are, especially in a festival setting where you and your family can easily get sunstroke and start to feel unwell. To avoid this, make sure everyone drinks plenty of water - most campsites will have water points so help the planet out by taking reusable water bottles, rather than opting for plastic. 


A pretty essential item - nothing can ruin your family’s spirits more than a bad night’s sleep in a rubbish tent. Invest a little in a decent tent and you should all have a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.

Sleeping Bag

Again, worth investing in as this can really affect the quality of your sleep. You don't want to be too hot or too cold so make sure you check out the tog value of the bags you choose for you and your family with care.


It's not a festival if you don't pack a pair of wellies. Durable and waterproof, they will keep your family's feet protected from the mud and the rain. If wellies aren't your thing, then you could opt for a pair of hiking boots instead.

Outdoor Poncho

A booicore outdoor poncho is an essential item at every festival, for all the family, with kids and adult sizes available in a host of cool colours. It keeps you warm and dry after your shower - and protects your modesty too. It also acts as an extra layer when you're sitting outside and enjoying the sunset at nightfall.


Festivals don't have the reputation of being the most hygienic of places, so having a durable wash bag filled with the following items is a great way to ensure your family stay clean and hygienic:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Small microfibre towel

 It may also be worth taking a small first aid kit containing some paracetamol and plasters.

Sun Protection

Many festivals take place in the summer, so make sure you have some kind of sun protection with you. Think baseball caps, sunglasses, sun cream and SPF lip balm and you should be covered. 

We hope this has given you some ideas of the things you need to take to your next family festival - keep an eye on our blog for more news.