What to Pack
Tickets? Check! Children? Check! It’s tempting when packing for an outdoor camping trip to bring everything just in case. But remember, unless you’re in the live-in vehicle field, you’re going to have to lug all of that stuff from the car park to the campsite and back again! We can’t emphasise enough how much easier your experience will be if you pack light… And if you forget anything essential, there’s always the festival shop.
Here’s our list what to bring and what not to bring.
Tent. Obviously. But if you’re thinking about bringing your lovely canvas bell tent, do remember you’ve got to get it from your car to the campsite and back again. Either bring or hire a trolley if you need to. Don’t forget a mallet. Space is limited in the campsites, so please don’t bring gazebos or other big shelters and be kind and considerate to your fellow campers.
Mattresses and bedding. Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and roll mats. Nothing is worse than feeling like you can’t get a good nights sleep and it can be surprisingly cold in the middle of the night in May. It’s also a good idea to keep spare blankets in the car, just in case.
Torches / lights. The main roads and paths around the festival site are quite well lit, but we intentionally keep the campsites a little dark so that everyone can enjoy the stars! Bring torches to help avoid tripping over other people’s guy ropes and maybe a lantern for inside the tent.
Clothing & fancy dress. We probably sound like your mum for saying this, but pack clothing for all eventualities, even if the forecast is great! It is possible to have a simply amazing festival experience in the wet, provided you’re able to warm up and change into some dry clothes, so make sure you bring jumpers and anoraks as well as flip flops and sun cream… Fancy dress is strongly encouraged for both kids and parents, especially on the Sunday afternoon and evening. Elderflower Fields is a festival – let your hair down and have a dance wearing a crazy outfit. Honestly, you’ll love it!
Food and Drink. Our food and drink vendors offer a huge selection of fantastic quality meals for the whole family. It’s not a bad idea to bring a few snacks and drinks for back at camp, but you don’t need to bring food for the whole weekend. Take a look at the food and drink page to see what’s on offer this year…
Water bottles. This is one of our top tips – bring your own good quality drinking bottle or camelbak and fill up with water from the taps around the site. This year you won’t be able to buy single use disposable bottles of water from our bars or vendors so if you don’t have your own reusable water bottle, why not pre-order one of our brilliant aluminium EF bottles? See the sustainability page here for more details.
Safety & Hygiene. There are free hot showers at Elderflower Fields, but they get super busy in the mornings. Our advice is head there mid afternoon or very early if you want to avoid queuing. You could also consider no-rinse body wash and dry shampoo. Or, dare we suggest it, not wash for a day or two… Do make sure you pack sun cream, ear defenders for the kids, and a potty if you have small children. Toilets and hand wash stations are located across the site.
What not to bring. If you bring any of the following items, you’ll either have them confiscated or be asked to leave the festival so don’t get caught out! Glass – decant before you leave home. No glass whatsoever is allowed on site because it can be so dangerous to barefooted children and animals if broken. No Chinese lanterns. No pets or animals. No sound systems. Make sure you check the festival terms & conditions for a full list of what is and isn’t allowed.