what to take to camp bestival?

The Ultimate Packing List for Anyone Heading to Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival the sister of Bestival, is the mother (and father) of all family festivals. Set in the idyllic gardens of Lulworth Castle of on the impressive Jurassic Coast in Dorset it’s amazing musical line up curated by Rob da Bank provides a little something to suit all ages and the kids garden, sports park, dingly dell and castle stage will keep your children (and therefore you) more than happy all weekend long.

We think number one on this list should be DON’T LOSE YOUR KIDS…write your telephone number on them, slap a wristband on them with your number, make a plan the moment you arrive for what to do should they become separated from you. 

Top 10 Packing Tips for Camp Bestival

  1. Make lists for packing, one for tent equipment, food stuffs, clothes and toiletries

  2. Pack a Full Circle Eco-friendly festival kit for all of your hygiene needs, it all comes in a hangable cotton jute bag to keep it off of the possibly muddy and wet floor

  3. Consider purchasing or borrowing a trailer or trolley to transport all of your stuff from the car park to the camping area, it’s worth travelling a bit further on the first and last day to get closer to the action so get as close as you can. It might take a few trips back and forth but it will be worth it, practice your packing technique! (see our top tips that Bestival lovers have shared for a link to a trolley for this one)

  4. Keep the family hydrated, take your reusable bottles and refill where you need them, we love Raw bottles for their sleek design and practicality. Don’t take or buy plastic bottles!!

  5. Each person will need a back-pack to pack everything that they need for the day ahead so as to avoid having to trek back to the tent every couple of hours.

  6. Aim to do the majority of your camp cooking in the morning, breakfast is easy as pie on the camp stove or BBQ, think omelette and beans, bacon sarnies, sausage sarnies, then take snacks snacks and more snacks out with you for the day, the food stalls are glorious so enjoy what’s to offer for the rest of the afternoon and evening within your budget.

  7. Further to the above, why not pre cook and freeze a couple of meals to take in a cool box and reheat, juice cartons are great to freeze and keep food cool for the first day

  8. Dress for all weathers, fun will be had come rain or shine with the dance tents in downpours or a chilled cocktail in the sun but what you are wearing will help you enjoy it more. Layers, tights, leggings, hats, waterproof coats are all essentials - it does get chilly in the evenings.

  9. Lighting for tents and children - headlamps are a great idea to help find the loo in the dark or keep an eye on roaming children.

  10. Kids may still wake early regardless of how late they slept so bring plenty of quiet things for them to do in the morning like colouring in, uno (not always so quiet) small puzzles etc.

We’ve asked a number of Camp Bestival goers to share with us their number 1 tips for a successful family festival:

Having spent my 20’s at festivals (and proposing to my wonderful wife at Bestival in an inflatable church) I thought I had cracked festivals... until I took our little one.
The best hack for me has to be the toddler trolley we use. Big blankets in there, fantastic for stashing snacks, wonderful for when Ula needs a kip.
— Olly Rzysko, avid festival goer.

70kg Folding Garden Festival Beach Camping Trolley Wagon Hand Cart Wide Wheel

When tired legs kick in, or we’ve all given up on carrying a rucksack full or parenting tools this is a godsend It is also a brilliant way of getting all your belongings from car to camp and back, removing some of the stress.

My top tip would be to have a bag of clothes in the car with a whole outfit for each family member including socks and underwear. Leave it in the car so you have a nice clean and cosy ride home.
— Emma Scott-Child, Author of Quick Crafts.
Sparkles and sun cream obvs! I think the main piece of advice is don’t stick to the routine of normal day life. Go with the flow and treat it as a holiday to do what you want to and allow your kids to feel like they’re able to be more free. In addition it would be remember suncream and apply it regularly. A sun burnt parent is bad, but a sun burnt child is just no fun at all!
— Simon Hooper, Father of Daughters instagrammer and author of ‘Forever Outnumbered’


Eco-Friendly Survival & Hygiene Kit

Forget shower queues this summer and keep clean & fresh from the comfort of your own tent with our Full Circle kit. Everything is either reusable, biodegradable or recyclable and we donate a portion of each purchase to charity. Perfect for festivals, weekends away, camping & gifts.

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