The complete camping and festival survival checklist

in #music4 years ago (edited)

The complete camping and festival survival checklist

Having a good time at festivals or while camping becomes easy with this ultimate checkliste for camping and festival survial.

Hi Steemit,

as you may know I like to visit some festivals every year. Through all these years I build up experience about what you'll need on such an event. I like to be prepared so nothing can dampen the party mood :)
Apart from that my group an I like our camp tidy and clean. We like to cook and eat together and everyone does his part. We don't want to live in a dumping ground for these days neither do we like to eat only bratwurst and beer.

Not very comfortable...

To ensure a nice and chill event we stick to the following checklist so nothing is missing. I use and improve this list for several years now and I think it's the time to publish it. Maybe you don't need to bring every item on this list (especially if space is an issue), but it could be a nice inspiration for your next festival or camping event.

General stuff

  • Festival Tickets
  • Wallet (with a chain to clip it to your trousers)
  • Money
  • Phone + (car-)charger
  • Powerbank
  • Portable speaker for music
  • Notepad / paper + pen
  • Bin bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Games (funny card & board games, a ball, beach tennis or Kubb)

Meds and drugs

  • Painkillers
  • Anti allergy tablets
  • Birth control / condoms
  • Anti sickness tablets
  • Anti diarrhoea tablets
  • Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3)) - good against feeling of abdominal fullness or when drinking too much
  • Vitamins (to strengthen the body's defence)
  • Magnesium
  • Maybe further food supplements
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Patches / small first aid kit

Hygiene / wash bag

  • Towels (There are special hiking towels which are very light and compact)
  • Soap (I recommend curd soap)
  • Shampoo (or just use soap...)
  • Deodorant
  • Cleaning wipes for a quick wash (I recommend washcloths for babies)
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Chewing gum
  • Toilet paper
  • Sheewee (If you're a girl. It's a device for urinating standing)
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Disinfectant gel for disinfecting your hands on the go
  • Hand-wash detergent ("Rei in der Tube")
  • Small mirror
  • Sunscreen


  • Normal clothes which are matching the weather
  • Long johns and a warm sweater. It can be pretty cold at night and if you are outside 24/7
  • Swimwear if there is water nearby
  • Sturdy waterproof shoes
  • Gum boots
  • sandals or "house shoes" for your camp. It's a nice addition to feel at home in your camp. You can walk barefoot as well of course.
  • Warm socks (nice for sleeping as well)
  • enough underwear to feel fresh everyday :)
  • Portable rain cape
  • Empty bags for used clothes. This way it's tidy in your camp.


  • Sleep mask
  • earplugs for sleeping
  • earplugs for concerts
  • Tent (with extra space for luggage. Buy one for one or two persons more.)
  • Pavilion (one per group is enough. If you are only one or two persons you don't need one if your tent has enough room)
  • Sleeping bag (fitting the temperatures)
  • (Air/Selfinflating) Matress / camp bed
  • Sheets if you want to increase your sleeping comfort
  • Pillows
  • Table
  • Camping chairs (comfortable! It's a pain in the ass to live 3+ days without a seat back)
  • Picnic blanket
  • Oil lamp + oil (you can hang it up in your pavilion)
  • Candles
  • Lamp with batteries (for light in your tent)
  • Flashlight
  • Lighter + lighter fluid
  • Matches
  • Extra batteries
  • Letherman
  • Pocketknife
  • Carabiner
  • Cord
  • Rope
  • Duck tape
  • Streamer
  • Brush and dustpan to keep your tent clean
  • Water canister
  • Camping shower
  • Fire basket (if it is allowed) + firewood
  • Wax torches for a nice atmosphere
  • "Tent toilet": Large bucket with a bin bag of some cat litter inside. It's convinient If you have to pee a night. Of course you need a large or family tent for this.


  • Pot + lid
  • Pan
  • Camping stove + gas
  • Grill + coal + charcoal lighter
  • Plates (metal or plastic). You can use one-way plates but it's better to clean and reuse a real plate.
  • Cutlery (don't forget a spatula, a stirring spoon and a good knife)
  • Potato peeler (carrots are an excellent snack)
  • Jars
  • Mugs
  • Thermos flask
  • Potholders
  • Funnel
  • Tinfoil
  • Lunchbox
  • Freezer bags
  • Dishpan
  • Dish sponge
  • Dish detergent
  • Kitchen roll


  • Beer, booze, wine, etc. whatever your poison is
  • Soft drinks, Energy drink (like self-made Mate-lemonade:
  • Enough water (especially if there is no fresh , drinkable water at your campsite)
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables (to cook and to snack) or salad
  • Oil and vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tea or coffee
  • Bread (for breakfast and packed lunch)
  • Cheese, jam, etc.
  • Food to be grilled
  • Canned food
  • Toast (it's a compact and perfect bread for grilling)
  • Ketchup, mustard
  • Snacks (I like fruit but some sweets maybe nice as well. Nuts and raisins for example will give you a quick and healthy energy boost)
  • Chewing gum

The information above are supplied without liability regarding completeness ;-) It depends on the event what else you may need. Perhaps you'll need a funny costume, party accessorises, body paint or a bubble gun. Water pistols can be fun too as well as nice decorations to make everything a bit more homey :)

Since some years I use prepacked boxes to ensure that everything is organised well. Here are two photos of my camping boxes, which are containing many basic items.

Surprise your fellow party people with a self-made cake, a thrilling puppet theatre show or some magic tricks. Festivals are crazy places, be creative!


Do you have some further silly or funny ideas? What are your most important items to bring to a camping trip? Please share your thoughts in the comments. I'm happy for every suggestion to improve this list.
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love it.... camping festivals are the best... iv never heard of baking soda for bloating. will try it out!! thanks

Hey @alice.perrot,
thanks for your comment. Yes it is awesome, but be careful. You have to use "Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3)". It's an old household remedy for many different things. You can wash your hair with it, clean silver or use it instead of a deodorant.

That was very detailed, nice list.

Hope it helps someone.

Good elaborative checklist and people and all in festive mood it's looking so colorful. I love festivals

Thank you :)
Colorful is the best color. Live needs to be celebrated.... a lot! ;-)

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