Camp Bestival 2012
Continuing from yesterdays post celebrating a good list, I thought I would share my list for top things to take to Camp Bestival. With only nine days until we head to the beautiful Dorset coast, I am starting to check we have everything and that it's still in working order. Batteries are top of my shopping list this week, torches and tent lights need them, also our phone charger needs some, aswell as the cameras. So apart from plenty of batteries what else do I consider essential?
Loo Rolls - there are none provided, DO NOT forget these!
Hand Sanitiser and Baby Wipes - there aren't sinks in the porta loo's. Baby wipes also come in handy when ice creams get drippy and coke cans explode! (The toilets are cleaned regularly and we have never had a problem with them).
Sunscreen, sunhats, wellies and raincoats - this is England, be prepared. Also wellies are handy for those early morning trips to the loo, across the dewy grass.
First Aid Kit - plasters, paracetamol - adults and childrens, insect bite cream or spray, antiseptic wipes.
Sleeping bags, warm PJ's, socks and a hat - the nights are chilly under canvas. Lucy brought her woolly hat last time to wear to bed, I wish I had as I slept with my hoodie on, hood up!
Jumpers - I always take a hoodie camping and a lightweight cardi. First thing in the morning and later in the evening can be chilly and you will be glad of the extra layers.
Matches or a lighter - always handy for lighting your stove.
Teabags, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and UHT milk - that first cuppa of the day will be the best. Just remember no glass containers, so buy instant coffee in the refill bags.
Wine in a Box - again not glass - Helen of Knackered Mothers Wine Club shared some top choices in this blog last month, read them here.
Lots of Snacks - all that fresh air makes you hungry - for more food ideas read my post here.
Bubbles - of course I would prefer the fizzy champagne kind but children everywhere seem to have bottles of bubbles! There are stalls that sell them but taking some with you saves a little money.
Washing Up Bowl - this can double up as your sink for washing your face and brushing your teeth.
Water Bottles - there are ample taps around the campsites and in the festival too for you to fill up for free. We take our camping water container and each have a water bottle to refill.
Air Beds and Pump- yes I know this a luxury, but a good nights sleep is essential to make the most of your time at the festival. However my sons are a bit more hardcore and just have roll mats!
Picnic Blanket - we take a couple that can be used outside the tent and can be used in the festival too.
Bunting and Flags - there are hundreds of tents so personalise yours to make it easier to find. We will have a flag and bunting, infact I've just found the circus bunting from Kitty's birthday party, perfect for this years circus theme.
Well I think that's the essentials. One last thing is take some cash, there are cash points and some stall holders probably take cards but cash is king. Right I'm off to check all the sleeping bags zips are working and to find our flag pole!
Until next time, take care.
Disclosure - This year I am one of the official Camp Bestival bloggers, working with them to share my top tips and reviewing the festival. They have kindly given us a family weekend ticket, however all opinions are my own.