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With the summer festival season firmly upon us, trying to find the balance between packing light without scrimping on necessities can prove to be a tricky task. However, with a little bit of pre-planning and organisation, you can arrive feeling stress-free and reassured in the knowledge that you have everything you need to survive your weekend away.
To help make the packing process a little bit easier, here’s a roundup of some all-important festival essentials:
1.Portable BBQ
There’s nothing quite like cooking on an open fire, especially in the warmer months. To get the full camping experience and really make the most of the summer weather, a portable BBQ is the perfect festival essential. Whatever meat feast you’re cooking up, you won’t be able to resist feeling self-satisfied in the knowledge that you’re saving money and skipping the food stall queues. Be careful not to forget the all-important cooking essentials though: lighter fuel, cooking utensils and most importantly, a selection of food and drink.
2.Speakers
Once you’ve finished watching your favorite bands perform on stage, having a set of portable speakers can help you recreate the party atmosphere back at the campsite. Creating your own playlist of summertime songs will help create the perfect ambiance to accompany your outdoor pursuits and evoke happy memories for years to come. Simply plug in your iPod or phone, kick back and enjoy the sunshine while listening to your favourite tunes.
3.Camera
Whether you’re posing for a selfie or filming your favorite artist performing on the stage, having a high quality camera can help you capture your favorite moments from the weekend. When it comes to festivals, a camera needs to be both lightweight and robust to withstand outdoor conditions and be easy to carry around. If you’re planning on getting snap-happy with your smartphone, you may also want to think about bringing along a portable charger to ensure you don’t miss any of those hilarious photograph opportunities.
4.Cool box
A cool box is a must-have item for any summer festival. There’s nothing better than cracking open a chilled beverage to quench your first after a long day spent in the sun. If you’re taking your own supplies, try to get your hands on a sizeable cool box so you can fill it up with your favorite goodies and plenty of bottled water to keep yourself energised all weekend. This helpful piece of equipment can be used to transport a tasty picnic to the main grounds, left at the campsite to keep your beverages chilled or even double up as a convenient seat when gathering around the campfire.
5.Waterproofs
While you may be eager to whip out your summer wardrobe, it’s important to prepare for the unpredictable nature of the British weather. There’s nothing worse than being caught unexpectedly in a downpour and having to spend the rest of your day standing around in soggy clothes. Lightweight, pack-away rain coats or ponchos can help keep your body sheltered and dry, and can be simply packed away when no longer required. If you decide that wellies are going to cramp your summer style, overshoe covers will help to protect your shoes when wading through mud marshes. 
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To experience the very best of this season’s live music scene, summer festival tickets are available from reputable online sites such as Gigantic.
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