I’ve spent the last five days in a tent, wearing wellies and hoping that someone doesn’t pee on my leg. Yep, it was the annual Reading Festival outing and this year it was a corker. Packing for a festival is never easy… what should you take to ensure you’re in tip top shape when you only have space for a pot noodle left in your backpack? Well, here is a selection of the things that I took with me (makeup aside – there’s no way I was going five days without a bit of concealer and mascara) to help me through the long weekend.
Three essential things for festivals – dry shampoo, strong deodorant and beachy wave spray. When you’re staying in a tent and not washing for days on end, then moshing around to Muse, you need a decent deodorant to keep you going. This one from Sure offers up to 24hrs protection, is invisible so you don’t get unsightly white marks on your clothes and it doesn’t leave a residue or build up so you can keep re-applying. Girls With Attitude have launched this cute little bottle of dry shampoo which comes in at half the size (and therefore space required in the backpack) of Batiste. It smells fab and looks cool while spritzing your locks with some much needed grease-absorber. The next thing on my list is a salt spray and this one from Tommy Guns is not only teeny tiny, but also gives hair texture and wave without weighing it down… It also doesn’t leave loads of build-up on your hair, meaning you can keep spritzing throughout the festival.
Next up you need a decent array of products for your skin. These three miniatures come in a travel retail exclusive gift pack from Clinique, so they’re perfectly sized for travelling. The ‘take the day off’ eye makeup remover is really good at getting rid of every last trace of mascara whilst not irritating eyes. It’s not oily either, so you’re not left with loads of nasty stuff that you need to get rid of after. Normally I would stay clear of the clarifying lotion as it stinks of alcohol and feels like it’s stripping all the oil and moisture from your skin – however, when you’re not able to wash and spend a long weekend drinking and eating absolute rubbish, that’s exactly what you want. It’s powerful stuff! Finally, a classic moisturiser – ‘dramatically different’ in that it’s really light and runny so you need a teeny tiny amount just to ease your slightly sunburnt skin. It doubles up nicely as a body lotion/hand cream too, so less room in the backpack needed!
Finally, these cute little ‘toothy tabs’ from Lush make brushing your teeth a little bit more fun. Instead of taking a massive tube of toothpaste, all you need is a box of these. Chew one to break it up, wet your toothbrush and brush away… the tablet foams like normal toothpaste and leaves teeth feeling just as clean. It takes a few goes to get used to, particularly as it doesn’t taste minty, but it makes for lighter travelling while helping the environment. All of this stuff fitted into one little bag, meaning I totally halved the amount of crap I usually take with me – give me a virtual hi-five! And just for fun, here are a couple of pictures from my festival fun this year. Enjoy.