Camp Bestival Packing List – As First Timers!

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Camp Bestival Packing List - From First Timers

We are on the countdown now to Camp Bestival, with just 9 days to go! I am a mix of excitement and nerves… Excitement because this is something completely new for us to do! It’s also two things I can tick off my Forty Before 40 list! It’s a break away from the stress of work for a long weekend, and a chance for great family weekend together! Nerves because this is something completely new for us to do! We are not sure if we have the right stuff (hence the reason for this Camp Bestival Packing List!) and we’re not sure what to really expect!

I have been partnered with some great brands that have helped us with the gear and things we need to camp at the festival. Since we’ve never been camping before, we had nothing (other than a single airbed and pump), so this has been a great help to us. I will be following this post up after the event with reviews of the products, so keep an eye out for those into the second week of August.

I’ve broken my Camp Bestival Packing List into sections to make it a bit easier to organise, and for you to tick off against if you are not sure what you should be taking to Camp Bestival – or indeed, any sort of festival or camping weekend.

Camping Gear

  • Tent – Vango Airbeam Capri 400*
    • Vango revolutionised tent design and camping by using inflatable AirBeams® in place of traditional poles for rapid pitching in any environment. Vango AirBeams® enable extremely quick and easy pitching to maximise your relaxation time whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Pitching time takes only 5 to 10 minutes depending on the size and number of AirBeams® to be inflated. Vango AirBeam® tents are so quick and easy to pitch; one person can pitch an AirBeam tent within minutes. Whether you’re camping solo with the kids or simply want to get your holiday off on the right foot; an AirBeam tent will make pitching and dismantling a breeze.
  • Double Airbed – Vango Hi Rise Double*
    • The well thought out Hi Rise Double bed is terrific for all outdoor lovers, yet is specifically designed with taller campers in mind. The added height allows for a much more comfortable sleep without your feet or legs touching the cold ground. Plus Its height makes it a much more convenient bed to fall into at night. Combined with that extra height providing a boost for easier rising in the morning, it is a sure fire winner all around.
  • Single Airbed
  • Portable Airpumpour one runs on batteries
  • Footpumpjust in case!
  • Sleeping Bag – Harmony Single*
    • Combining stylish brushed polyester lining and functionality, the Harmony is perfect for first-time campers, caravanners and families who are looking for something with a little more space.
  • Sleeping Bag – Serenity Double*
    • This square-shaped bag offers double layer insulation for extra comfort and warmth. The Serenity combines a unique geometric print and soft-touch brushed polyester lining providing an ideal home-from-home feel when you are camping.
  • Insulated foam camping matto put under the airbeds
  • Rubber mallet
  • Extra tent pegs
  • Peg extractor
  • Bucketfor washing up and storing things off the ground
  • Pillows I can’t sleep without my pillow!
  • Duvets to use as sheets over the airbed, and provide another layer of insulation.
  • Extra BlanketsI’m hoping for hot weather, but I know the temperature drops overnight
  • Backpack – Vango Cargo 90*
    • Extremely strong and durable, the Cargo is ideal for carrying gear and equipment on long journeys to the wild places of the world.
  • Backpack – Vango Cargo 45*
    • Extremely strong and durable, the Cargo is ideal for carrying gear and equipment on long journeys to the wild places of the world.
  • Folding tableto put breakfast essentials on in the mornings
  • Windbreakerdebating about this one, but I’ve seen it on lots of camping lists, and we have one in the shed.
  • Kampa Trucker Trolley – you can hire them at Camp Bestival, but since we have another camping trip planned, we figured it was worth buying our own.
  • Torches & Lanternwe needs to see in the dark!
  • Penknifehubs wanted one, so I bought him one!
  • Picnic Rugwith a plastic backing in case the ground is damp
  • Folding chairsin case the ground is too soggy to sit on a rug on
  • SunnCamp Single* & Double Inflatable Chair* – I know I’m going to need somewhere comfortable to sit, and these are so funky! Going to be great to use in the garden too!
  • Flag & poleI’ve ordered a customised flag and a 6 meter pole


  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipeswill be taking several packs!
  • loo roll/tissues
  • Eye Maskto blot out outside lights at night.
  • Ear Plugsto block out the sound at night.
  • Hair brush/clips/bands
  • Prescription meds
  • First aid kitplasters, headache tablets
  • NatraSan First Aid Spray*
    • A revolution in healthcare. It contains pure hypochlorous acid, the body’s own antiseptic. Hypochlorous is produced in all humans and animals. It is the mild but incredibly effective acidic substance released by our white blood cells to kill germs including bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and moulds but it is completely safe to humans, animals and the environment. It is even safe around eyes and mouth.
  • P20 Once a Day Suncream*
    • Apply P20 in the morning and that’s it, you’re protected for up to 10 hours, giving you and your family more time to have fun in the sunshine.
  • Professor Scrubbingtons*
    • Foam that stay on your hands and are easy to apply; dispensers that you can squeeze with one hand; natural ingredients that are effective and kind to your skin and the planet; fresh fragrances in place of the usual sugary scents.
  • Towels
  • Shower scrunchie
  • Dry shampoobecause I can manage for a few days without washing my hair!
  • Muc-Off dry showerin case we really can’t be bothered to line up for a shower!
  • Mirror
  • Make upminimal; some foundation and lip gloss is about all I’m bothering with!
  • Moisturiser and hand cream
  • Washbagto carry and hang toiletries in the showers.


  • Ponchos – am praying for no rain though!
  • Wellies/boots
  • Flip flopsfor using in the showers.
  • PJs or onesie
  • GlovesI get cold hands!
  • Woolly hatfor the night time in case it gets really cold!
  • Thick socksI get cold feet!
  • Underwearplus a few extra sets.
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Tops/t-shirts
  • Cardigan/jacket/jumpers
  • Sun hat
  • Hair accessories
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella

Cooking + Food

  • 4-Person Non-Stick Cook Kit – Vango*
    • 2 pots with lids, 1 frying pan and 4 cups. Don’t waste time on your holiday or expedition scrubbing pots and pans. These non-stick cook kits will ensure you are not hovering around the washing up area for long before you can put them back in their handy carry bag.
  • Cool bag + ice packs
  • Rubbish bagsfor clearing up after ourselves, and for throwing wet things into to take home.
  • Melamine dining set
  • Cutlery
  • Small knife – only knives up to a blade length of 3 inches are allowed onsite for use in cooking (eg. table knife, small paring knife).
  • Water container
  • Camping stove + gas
  • Zippo Flexible Neck Utility Lighter*
    • Light your grill, lantern, tiki torches, and fireplaces with Zippo’s rubberised flat black Flex Neck Utility Lighter. Its slim, powerful nozzle easily fits into the opening on most grills and lanterns, and with wind-resistant dual flame technology, the Utility Lighter is ideal for any outdoor setting. The rubberised flat black Flex Neck Utility Lighter features an adjustable flame dial, a patented child-resistant safety button, wind resistance, a fuel supply window.
  • Kettle
  • Flask
  • Kitchen roll
  • Washing up liquid/sponge
  • Tea towel
  • Ziploc bags
  • Coffee
  • Tea bags
  • Powdered milk
  • Sweetener
  • Snackscrisps, dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, breakfast bars
  • Bagelssturdier than bread!
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Beans
  • Squash’d*
    • Super concentrated squash with no added sugar. Comes in a bottle so small it’ll fit in your pocket or handbag. Makes 20 drinks.
  • Frozen cocktailsdouble up as cooling packs!
  • Beer – in cans, glass bottles not allowed on site.
  • Vodka – my tipple of choice!
  • Fill & Go Water Bottles*
    • Enjoy the taste of freshly BRITA filtered water on the go! BRITA’s compact filter technology significantly reduces chlorine, other taste impairing substances and fine solids
  • SWIG Hip Flask* – because glass is not allowed!
    • 170ml (6oz) flask. The body is seamless and made from one piece of stainless steel – so there is absolutely no risk of leakage. In keeping with its ergonomic design, the base of the flask is flat, so it can be stood up straight for easy filling.

Misc Extras

  • Cable tiesfor securing bunting and fairy lights!
  • Duct tapejust in case of tears to the tent!
  • Scissors
  • Zippo Hand Warmer*
    • Slide this into your pocket and enjoy the outdoors even when it’s cold! Zippo’s high polish chrome Hand Warmer has a high-polish finish and thin design that easily fit into pockets. It’s virtually odourless and stays warm for up to 12 hours.
  • Notepad + penfor me to make notes for when I blog about it all!
  • Book/magazinefor those early mornings, we’re not taking iPads and tablets


  • Camera + batteries and SD card
  • Phones + chargers
  • Charging packs
  • Solar charging packs
  • Waterproof phone cases

Camp Bestival Extras

  • Regular backpackto carry essentials during the day.
  • Buntingto pretty up our tent!
  • Bubblesthey’re not just for kids!
  • Glow sticksit’s a festival dude!
  • Solar powered fairy lightsto decorate our tent.


  • Camp Bestival tickets* – MUST NOT forget these!
  • Cashlines for the ATM can get long.
  • Photo IDCamp Bestival enforce Challenge 25 when serving alcohol.

As first timers, we don’t know if this list is too much stuff, or not enough, or if we’ve missed anything out! So anything you would add would be fab – let me know in the comments!

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Disclosure: I am receiving family Camp Bestival 2015 tickets in return for previews and reviews of this year’s festival. As always, views and opinions are my own. Items marked with * have been sent to us to review.

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