Getting excited… a crowd of us are off again this year and I just wanted to confirm that you’re never too old for Glastonbury. The age profile has changed over the years and it’s now a festival for all ages and creeds and you will feel the love (as well as your feet, hips and knees after all that walking and dancing) no matter what age you are. It seems the oldies are taking over as the festival’s medical team has just had to get prepared to deal with heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes (gulp). Great though when it’s your kids warning you not to take drugs and die, rather than the other way around!
I’ve forgotten what to pack. NO single use plastic allowed this year and of course always no glass, so my team are busy being creative about how to bring in their buckets of alcohol. Got hideous flashbacks to waking up to the news that we voted to Leave the EU. The mood was sombre and depressed for the day. Look where we are now. No further down the line and bloody Boris looming (but I suspect not for long).
The weather is looking pretty good, so I’m going to risk not taking wellies because I can’t borrow my daughter’s this year (she’s going too) and I don’t want to buy any because they are not comfortable to walk in all day long. Might just take my Timberland’s and Converse. Nothing glam as they will get covered in mud or dust.
As there will be no plastic bottles of water to buy so make sure you take a flask with you to carry throughout the day as apparently it’s going to be hotter than Uganda. Wine boxes are a great alternative option! Remove the cardboard and just take the bag of wine with you and try very hard not to dehydrate.
This is us with two little men sitting on our heads:-
So my basic list consists of the following:-
YOUR TICKET AND ID
OK, I won’t need my ID, but most of you younger things will.
Goes without saying and download the Glastonbury app to make sure you don’t miss your chosen bands. Apparently they’re trialling 5G, so will be interesting to see if that helps.
These are essential as phone charging not easy and if you vape you also need a charger.
Loads of them – used mainly for stuffing muddy wellies and clothing into for the long journey home.
Light and inexpensive – will get disgustingly dirty and you will want to leave it behind, although don’t do that because it’s rude to the planet.
Waterproof and as thick as possible so that you are not too Princess And The Pea-ish every morning – you’ve got a long day ahead of you, you need to be able to sleep well.
It gets cold at night – put it in a bin bag during day so that it doesn’t get muddy. The mornings can bring dew so things get a little damp too. If you’re driving, maybe bring a duvet?
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 (OK, that’s just me then).
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.
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!
For that night time wander off to the loo
It’s apparently going to be scorchio – so make sure you bring factor 50!
OK so my kit won’t contain contraceptives or tampons but apart from that the contents will be similar for the young and old: painkillers, insect repellant and itch cream (trust me, you need insect cream, strange bugs there), Berocca (or Dioralyte or similar for rehydration in the mornings, of which there will be many), plasters (loads of walking in wellies!)
Good idea to take one and fill it up every day
As above, but not 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.
LOO ROLL AND WET WIPES
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.
If you don’t have pockets this is good for your money, fags, 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).
In case not everywhere takes cards.
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. Obviously you can’t use umbrella’s
Ha ha only joking….we don’t bother with the glitter and sparkly tops so much – no chance of glitter tits at our age (although you never know…) and face glitter causes eye infections and gets stuck deep into the wrinkles and will live there for the rest of your life. My daughter has bought bio-degradable glitter.
TOWEL & PILLOW
Both essential home comforts if you can manage them
Don’t take valuables/laptops/cameras etc – things go missing and/or get covered in mud.
SEE YOU THERE!! HAVE SO MUCH FUN.