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What You Actually Need To Pack For A Festival

Festival-goers tend to fall into one of two categories: the overpackers (prepared for any eventuality), and the minimalists (content to survive without any of the comforts of home). We think there’s room for a middle ground: pack the multi-tasking essentials that will keep you feeling great without adding any unwanted weight to your backpack. See our complete packing list below for all the products that will keep you feeling fresh this summer…


The most important beauty product you will bring! Festivals generally mean a lot of time spent in the great outdoors, so protecting your skin from the sun’s rays is a must.

Our top picks:
Polaar Velvety Sun Fluid Face & Body SPF30. It sinks in quickly without leaving any white residue behind and contains soybean and sunflower oils to leave your skin soft and smooth.
NUXE Sun Melting Cream SPF50. A high factor for better protection against UVA and UVB rays. This stuff also smells delicious – and comes with a FREE aftersun and handy travel case!

Long days mean lots of opportunities for dirt and grime to build up on your skin. A quick swipe will refresh skin when you’re on-the-go and can double up as your main cleanser if you really can’t face those festival bathroom facilities before bed.

Our top pick:
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes – Travel-Size. Formulated with 95% natural ingredients to gently sweep away dirt, grime, oil, and make-up.

If you’re away for more than a couple of nights then we’d highly suggest packing a face cleanser. The last thing you want is a breakout or dry, flaky skin to ruin your glitter make-up. You can use a bottle of water and cleanse in your tent. It’s easy!

Our top pick:
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash. A classic cleanser that works for all skin types and helps balance and purify your complexion.

Look for an all-in-one travel moisturiser that will mitigate the need for multiple hydrating face products (e.g. your serum, face oil, eye cream, and moisturiser) in your bag.

Our top picks:
For dry skin: Lumene Valo Glow Reveal Moisturizer. It contains hydrating Arctic spring water and Vitamin C to deeply nourish and brighten.
For oily/combination skin: Amie Skincare Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser. Lightweight and mattifying with ingredients that fight acne and redness.


Pack one product that can prime, set makeup, and refresh skin mid-day in a single spritz.

Our top pick:
Caudalie Beauty Elixir – Travel Size. Hydrates skin with ingredients like orange flower water while setting and refreshing your make-up.

This ideal base product will help fill any gaps in your limited skincare routine and give you light coverage that doesn’t feel cakey.

Our top pick:
Stila stay all day 10-in-1 HD beauty balm. We can’t gush enough about this product: it’s got a colour-correcting complex to even your skin tone, mattifiers to zap excess oil so you’ll look radiant but not slick), and it soothes and protects skin with sunflower seed extract.

A cream colour that you can use for both cheeks and lips is ideal for festivals. It’s easy to apply and reapply on the go, and can be worn sheer for day but is buildable for a more playful look.

Our top pick:
ModelCo® Crème Rouge. This creamy pigment delivers a suits-all flush to skin that looks and feels natural.

A groomed brow is the quickest no-makeup makeup trick in the book—it pulls your look together with minimal other makeup.

Our top pick:
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow. A tinted brow gel that fills in sparse areas with mini fibres — it takes 30 seconds to achieve dramatic results.

Shadow sticks are surprisingly versatile – the right shade can work for day and night and even double as a highlighter.

Our top pick:
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. It’s part eye shadow, part liner, and 100% versatile. Plus, no make-up brushes required.

Look for a water-resistant formula that won’t smudge or flake while you’re out and about.

Our top pick:
Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara. Water-resistant, sweat proof, AND cruelty-free all in one.


Depending on the length of the festival, you may be able to get away with not washing your hair at all. But, even if that’s the case, you’ll still want a dry shampoo for refreshing and restyling!

Our top pick:
Bumble and bumble. Pret-a-Powder – Travel Size. This invisible powder soaks up oil, adds texture, and gives your roots a little volume boost.

A versatile hair and body oil can be used all over as a heat protectant, a split end healer, a lip and cuticle hydrator, as well as a body moisturiSer. With limited space for products in your backpack, this handy product is a must.

Our top pick:
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse® OR Multi-Usage Dry Oil Shimmer. Multi-tasking has never looked so good: This lightweight, fast-absorbing option adds a glow from head to toe. Just spritz on this oil anywhere that needs TLC. Plus, this one contains a little extra shimmer – perfect for festival season.