While the music is obviously a pull, the truth is that camping with your closest Joes and Janes is one of the best parts of a music festival. But if you’re not prepared enough, it can also be one of the worst. Which is why we’ve put together a list of some summer festival essentials, from clothing to camping gear to useful tech accessories!
Festival Clothing Essentials for Men
If you’re off to a festival in the UK this summer, unfortunately there’s no two ways about it; you’re going to need a jacket to protect you from the elements. Obviously it needs to be water-resistant but we think it’s also the perfect excuse to treat yourself and go for something you can use all year round. Otherwise, you may as well just pick up a plastic poncho…
This summer, we absolutely adores this Oversized Cagoule from British label Peregrine. With its on-trend, androgynous shape, it’s crafted from Templemoyle Flora Carbon cotton which consists of a layer of waterproof wax sandwiched between two layers of woven cotton giving the jacket a dry, canvass-y feel. It features a sporty half zip detail and press-stud cuffed sleeves, and is available in Khaki, Olive or Navy.
If you’ve ever been to a festival during a deluge, you’ll know the Wellington Boot can be a lifesaver. But while all wellies are made to keep out surface water, some wellies aren’t built for comfort and durability. Which is why we’d always recommend investing in a quality pair with some choice added features.
Created with waterproof, vulcanised rubber, these Burford wellies from Ariat fit the bill perfectly. Featuring a shock absorbing EVA midsole and a moisture-wicking layer for extra comfort, the boots also come with Ariat’s ATS Pro technology for heightened performance and Agion technology for intense odour defence. Base layer air vents also regulate the temperature inside the boot to keep feet cool.
Whether you’re trying to sneak in some booze or just need something to put your jumper in when the sun (hopefully) shows its face, a backpack is always a necessity at a festival. You’re out for hours upon a time and nobody wants to have to leave the party to grab an extra layer when the sun goes down. So make sure you bring a spare backpack with plenty of space for the weekend.
This 20L unisex Oslo backpack from Helly Hansen should do just the trick. Just as ideal for your morning commute as it is in the festival field, it features one large main compartment as well as an external front compartment, and is finished off with adjustable, padded shoulder straps for added comfort.
Festival Tech Essentials for Men
Portable Wireless Speaker
As mentioned earlier, half of the appeal of a summer music festival is the fun had you’re your chums around camp. So one absolute essential piece of festival tech is a wireless speaker. Whether you’re setting an early morning relaxation mood or looking to get the party started, a wireless speaker with a decent battery life is a must.
With over 20+ hours of wireless playtime, we like the look of the new Rålis portable speaker from Urbanears. Not only does the Rålis features a versatile design, multi-directional sound perfect for the campsite, it’s also water resistant (IPX2) and also doubles up as a power bank to charge your phone while you play – a genuine godsend when you need a bit of extra juice.
Wireless Phone Charger
But if you’re not looking to invest in a new speaker, a standalone wireless phone charger is naturally a great idea when festival season comes around. There are plenty of power-banks/chargers on the market, but naturally we usually opt for something as beautiful as it is practical.
Something like this Ted Baker Portable Charging Bank is right up our street. Crafted from luxury Italian Leather, this light and compact multi-use charger is ideal for festival goers thanks to a 2 full chargers. You can either lay your Qi-enabled phone on the charger for wireless charging or use the cable provided to charge your device.
Some of you may well be able to go a full 4/5 days without showering and may even find the experience liberating. However, many of us can’t cope without a wash every day – especially when surrounded by mud and sweaty partyers. But with festival shower queues notoriously long and facilities not the cleanest at the best of times, why not invest in portable shower?
Wet-wipes showers are a thing of the past with this Pressure Solar Shower from Quechua. Its compact design makes it easy for carrying and just requires a little natural sunlight to power it up. It doesn’t even need to be hung-up and will pressurise water when it’s on the ground thanks to the pumping system.
Festival Camping Essentials for Men
At one point or another, every camper needs to invest in a quality tent. It’s the most important thing you’ll take to the festival and a proper shelter providing a good night’s sleep can make all the difference to your overall festival experience.
One of the best affordable tents around at the moment is this Instant Tourer 4-Man Tent from Coleman. Featuring a revolutionary spider-like frame, the Instant Tourer is incredibly quick to put up thanks to the already attached poles and can be assembled by one person in just under a minute. Once up, you’ll find a fully integrated sewn-in groundsheet and super-strong weather proof fabrics for clean, dry and bug-free camping.
Another obvious piece of gear for you festival checklist, a sleeping bag can last you a lifetime if you don’t compromise on quality. Which is why we’d suggest sticking with tried and tested outdoor brands which are sure to keep your body temperature regulated no matter the weather outside of your tent.
The ideal three-season companion, the Aleutian Warm Sleeping Bag from The North Face offers hearty insulation and handy compressibility in one package. Thanks to Heatseeker Eco technology and a draught collar, this compact performer will keep you cosy down to -7°C. Thanks to the short side zipper, the bag acts just like your bedding at home too.
But if you really want to treat your back to a decent weekend, a self-inflating mattress will make everything that bit more comfortable in the tent and will do away with the need for heavy and cumbersome foot pumps.
The Comfort 10 range from Vango offers unrivalled comfort when it comes to self-inflating mats. They feature 10cm of optimised insulating foam and a soft touch flocked finish for next level comfort, as well as a non-slip, robust base to keep the mat in one place all night long. Its Cyclone Valve System makes inflation and deflation easy by simply opening a valve.