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Festival and Camping Hampers
Published on 13/06/2022
Classic Gin & Tonic Lover

Festival and Camping Hampers

Festival season has arrived! As we settle into the heat it’s time to start planning our sunny expeditions, and if you’re heading out camping for a major festival, it’s so important to make sure you’ve got everything you need ahead of time, to save you a bit of money and stress once you’re there.

When packing for a few days of camping, you’ll want to make sure that everything is compact, easy to transport, and as light as possible, without skimping out on the essentials. If you’re bringing food and drink, you’ve got to make sure you have the right gear to ensure everything stays fresh and cool for longer.

Let’s explore some of the most important items when putting together the ultimate festival hamper or camping picnic basket!

The Essentials

We’ll start by getting the obvious ones out of the way! The first thing that comes to mind when you think about camping is probably a tent. You’ll want a tent that’s easy to pitch, and just as easy to pack away at the end of the trip. After an exhausting, action-packed festival, the last thing you want is an unruly tent to slow you down, so look for easy-to-use, easy-to-transport options. While you don’t want your tent to be too heavy or big to carry, you still want to make sure you choose one that offers a good amount of space for your bags, camping hamper, and so on.

The same goes for your sleeping bag and sleeping mat – look for compact options that can be rolled and packed away with ease. If you’re worried about comfort, you could go for an inflatable air mattress, but keep in mind these are a little higher maintenance and take up a little more space – and you’ll need to bring an air pump along too.

Other essentials include the basics like your toothbrush and toothpaste, a water bottle, loo roll, sun screen, and a torch. If you’re spending a few days outdoors, you might want to bring a portable charger with you too.

Embracing nature is a wonderful thing – but to do it right, it’s important to respect the land you’re camping on – and if you’re at a festival, respect the staff who clean up after you! Many festivals, like Glastonbury, encourage attendees to be mindful of their waste, and with that in mind, it helps to bring some bin bags to ensure you’re not leaving any rubbish behind once you pack up and head home.

It’s also good to have a few first aid bits at hand, like bandages, plasters, and paracetamol. Insect repellent and hand sanitiser should also be included in your ultimate camping hamper!

Keeping It Dry

In addition to your tent and camping mat, you might also want to bring a picnic blanket with you, which can double as a tent carpet to keep things extra clean and comfy. Your picnic blanket will be a trusty companion throughout your trip. No matter what the weather, festivals tend to get pretty muddy, and having a well-sized, insulated picnic blanket ensures that you can stay dry, clean and warm even when the ground beneath you is the opposite.

A towel is another must! Try to find a more compact, lightweight towel designed specifically for camping, because a full-sized bath towel might take up quite a bit of space and could weigh you down when it’s wet.

Keeping It Clean

If you’re more on the glamping side, and you’ll have access to a shower, bringing some shampoo and conditioner can be a lifesaver. While it’s by no means vital, being able to wash your hair will help ensure you feel as fresh and clean as possible as you brave a few days of chaos under the sun. From glitter to mud to spilt drinks and beyond, chances are things will get a tad messy, so having some shampoo, conditioner and body wash at hand means you can at the very least freshen up after a long day, or start your day feeling spritely and clean. Our pamper hampers offer everything you need to stay fresh while you’re out adventuring. From luxurious shampoos and conditioners to indulgent soaps and body scrubs, a pamper hamper has everything you need to stay feeling good throughout your adventure.

Keeping It Fresh

Now, on to the most exciting part of your festival hamper, the food and drink!

For longer trips, make sure you’re bringing plenty of non-perishable snacks to keep you going, like trail mix, seeds, nuts, granola bars, and dehydrated fruit. If you’re just going for the weekend, you can explore a few more options as you won’t need to worry so much about things going off. Fresh fruit is a great choice for quick getaways. Easy, tasty snacks like biscuits, chocolate bars and crisps are great to have at-hand whether you’re festival-bound or camping in the wild.

For festivals, we think the Classic Gin & Tonic Lover’s hamper is a great shout! The Tetbury Hamper is another great choice, coming with a bottle of prosecco, as well as the Clarendon Hamper. The Large Treats & Snack Share Basket covers all bases with plenty of long-lasting, tasty bites for a large group, including olives, cheese twists, paté, crisps, biscuits, shortbread, chocolates, and more! 

Our Wine Cases are a fantastic way to get your booze sorted too!

Keeping It Cool

Another important task is making sure your beers, mixers, and other beverages stay cool for longer. At festivals, you might be able to ask a nearby food truck for some ice to keep them cool. You should also make sure you try and keep your drinks in the shade as much as possible, and you can also wrap bottles in a wet towel to prevent them from warming up too much. A cooler is of course a great solution – especially in bigger groups (so you can take turns carrying it!). Many of our camping picnic baskets come with a dedicated cool bag, as well as all the other bits and pieces to make your camping meals a breeze.

Festival Food Must-Haves

No matter what treats you bring with you, it’s important to make sure you’ve got an easy and efficient way to pack them, carry them, and of course, eat them. Disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery may seem like the most convenient option, but there are far less wasteful solutions that can add a bit of extra luxury to your trip. Our 6-person Luxury Fitted Picnic Basket is the perfect choice for a festival hamper. It includes a fluffy polar fleece blanket, stainless steel cutlery, china teacups, porcelain plates and crisp cotton napkins. There’s a flask for tea and coffee and a cooler bag to ensure your sandwiches arrive in perfect condition, and there’s even a corkscrew for that essential bottle of wine! You’ll be able to make use of this gorgeous camping hamper basket and all of its convenient extras for many years to come, a much more sustainable choice compared to opting for single-use products.

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