Getting excited about Glastonbury next week and so I’ve recreated my list for Glastonbury when you’re old. I’m not feeling so bad now that I’ve heard the average age is 55 (is it really though?). The walking you do is intense so the most important thing is comfortable shoes. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a mud bath (thank god) so I’m not adding wellies this year. I’m also hoping it’s not going to be as busy as last year….guess it depends how many people manage to get smuggled in via the back of a van.
See you there! The weather is looking good!
TICKET AND ID
These are essential as phone charging not easy and if you vape you also need a charger (although they want you to leave your vapes at home this year!).
Download it – a smart tool to help you create a line-up you can share with friends and get reminders when you’ve totally forgotten who is next on your list to see. This year the carrier is Vodafone, which isn’t ideal for me!
We bring wine in boxes and spirits to decant. Can get ice and mixers on site.
Loads of them – used mainly for stuffing muddy wellies and clothing into for the long journey home.
The team are recommending this year that you buy a solid, long lasting tent that you can take home (if you can find it).
Waterproof and as thick as possible.
For when you’re socialising near your tent and don’t want to sit on the floor.
Classier than drinking your wine out of the plastic bag it comes with in the box.
Essential if you want to avoid bringing a tick home with you.
It gets cold at night – put it in a bin bag during day so that it doesn’t get muddy and damp.
You will want to stay asleep long after the sun comes up as you will have only just gone to bed. Trust me. This is essential.
I know I’m sounding really old now and will have to pass them to all my fellow travellers to avoid waking them up with my snoring, but the music literally goes on all night so you might not want to stay up until 6am listening to electronic music.
I know you think you will use your phone torch, but your battery will be dead relatively often and this is necessary to get yourself out of the tent and off to the loo (OK another old comment as probably most of you won’t need to go to the loo in the night).
A Glasto rule because of the cows. Not even glass perfume bottles or mirrors.
WELLIES (AND COMFORTABLE SOCKS TO GO WITH THEM)
If you are taking wellies the socks are essential for the 50 mile walks you will be doing every day and trust me, even if it’s not muddy, the loos are revolting and wellies are useful (and maybe support inserts as not good for plantar fasciitis!)
You need really comfortable shoes, I’m going to have to take my really unattractive walking boots as Timberlands were just too uncomfortable after 25K steps in the early hours of the morning. Any thoughts of glamorous footwear to go with a floaty skirt is just not happening this year.
For that night time wander off to the loo and a morning shower if you’re lucky!
OK so my kit won’t contain contraceptives or tampons but apart from that the contents will be similar: painkillers, insect repellant and insect cream (for bites), Berocca (trust me on this – or Dioralyte or similar for rehydration in the mornings, of which there will be many), plasters (loads of walking in wellies!)
Reusable water bottle required as they’re not selling plastic bottles of water anymore.
As above, but not to fill with boring old water
For when your phone has died and you’ve got to get to your favourite next band.
You won’t be going back to your tent much so you need a bag with your days provisions in.
Essential for obvious reasons and they don’t want you to bring wet wipes this year
MAKE UP AND TOILETRIES
Keep it simple – make up essential obviously. As is dry shampoo, a hair brush, TOOTHBRUSH and TOOTHPASTE, DEODORANT and maybe perfume, but not in a glass bottle. You can get the biodegradable glitter when you’re there (not recommended if you have wrinkles though)
We don’t do the crop tops and the tiny bikini tops (no explanation required) but this year I am going to bring a few sparkly items to get into the spirit! Otherwise, just enough clothes to last the four days (with a few spares for the rain and the mud) and some fun hats and glasses too.
If you don’t have pockets this is good for your money, fags, hip flask, drugs etc.
We didn’t really need one of these as we weren’t desperate to get to the front, but if you’re in a group who are planning to do this, then a flag really is the only way that you will find your tribe. They have to be very, very tall too (the flag that is, not your friends, who you can’t find).
Even post covid, not everywhere takes card apparently.
I probably won’t do this and will hope that I can rely on my phone, but it’s a risk. So take it if you want to be sure of securing your memories!
Or something to sleep in – or is that only if you’re old and have to go off to find the loo in the middle of the night?
You can never rely on the British weather and also I had to wear something extra at night as the temperature dropped significantly.
Again essential – I usually take a full on down to the ground tent looking thing as nothing going on underneath that I need to show off to the crowd and therefore if it rains then your bag is protected too – even if you do look like The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Obviously you can’t use umbrella’s, so think about waterproof trousers too if it’s short.
TOWEL & PILLOW
Towel essential and pillow a lovely home comfort if you can manage to carry them in.
Don’t take valuables/laptops/cameras etc – things go missing and/or get covered in mud.