Summer is here and it's time to prepare for festival season. Now in its 51st year, Glastonbury Festival (June 21 – 26) is arguably the most iconic music event in the world and sets the precedent for other like-minded gatherings. 

Things have changed considerably since the first festival in 1970, the site at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, is more like a city – in fact for 5 days it has a larger population than the nearby city of Bath. Yet, while many festivals these days are bigger and more fun-filled than ever, they do pose challenges – from perfecting how to pack to looking as fresh as a daisy when you don’t have access to a bathroom.  

That’s why we’ve compiled our Festival Survival Guide 2023, to help you have the best time. Whether you’re at Glasto, or one of the other amazing festivals in the UK or further afield, here are the tips and tricks you need to know… 


Be a festival packing pro  

The UK weather is unpredictable to say the least, which makes festival packing a tough call. That’s why it’s important to carefully plan a capsule wardrobe that can take you from day to night and be suitable whatever the weather. Layers are essential, as temperatures can drop in the evenings – and it’s handy to have a selection of separates that can work together to create multiple outfits. 

Play around with outfit options before packing a rucksack, and make sure you can carry it with ease. However tempting it might be, avoid wheely cases which can get bogged down if it gets muddy – trust us! 

Our must-buy for festival season are these eye-catching Amy Lynn Lupe Rainbow Metallic Trousers, which can be teamed with a variety of tops to give you a new look when needed. If you’re seeking a dazzling dress for festival season this Amy Lynn Monique Aqua Blue Sequin Dress is just the ticket.  


Be snack savvy 

Festival snacks are very important, you need to keep your energy levels up with all the dancing and walking around the site. Choose healthy options that won’t perish quickly in the sun, like nuts, dried fruit and cereal bars.   

It’s also important to stay hydrated, so bring a lightweight reusable water bottle, which can be refilled onsite, rather than buying expensive bottled water. 

Carry snacks and other on-the go essentials in a trusty crossbody bag, like this boho Tassel Macrame number. 


Be a happy camper 

Always bring items with you to festivals that spark joy, like a favourite jumper for keeping cosy in the evenings. 

Reserve your phone battery and avoid checking social media too much, instead enjoy the moment. Remember to take a portable phone charger to swerve spending hours queuing to charge phones in an overcrowded charging tent.  

To help you sleep, pack an eye mask, earplugs – and slumber inducing essential oils such as lavender or chamomile.  

Anti-bacterial products are always a good idea at festivals and we highly recommend this Nourishing Anti-bacterial Hand Cream by Betty Hula in Lime and Mango, which has an up-lifting scent.   


Be a festival beauty 

Just because you’re camping out in a field, it doesn’t mean you can’t be glam! 

A little face glitter helps to get you into the festival spirit, look for planet-friendly plastic-free options. 

We highly recommend investing in Magnetise Magnetic Lashes, they can be applied in a flash without the use of pesky glue and are reusable. Not only are they vegan and cruelty-free, they will give you lashes to rival Glasto 2023 headliner Lana Del Rey.   

Of course any seasoned festival-goer will tell you that wet wipes for staying fresh, a good supply of pocket tissues (for no loo roll emergencies), mints and dry shampoo are your best friends.  


Be post-festival savvy 

Even if you’re glamping, being away from home comforts can take its toll. Plus, even the most social types can be left feeling ‘peopled out’. 

If you’re able to, block out time for post-festival pampering before getting back into your usual routine. You could create a home spa, give yourself a mani and pedi and do a face-mask – while watching festival coverage or a favourite film.    

For any post-festival pampering session, we recommend Vitamasques Vegan Electrolyte Watermelon Face Sheet Mask, which is ultra hydrating and promises a dewy glow. 


Whether you’re partying in a field this summer, or watching festival footage at home, we hope you’ve been inspired by our Festival Survival Guide 2023. 




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