Camping: Our Packing List for Camp Bestival

This year will be our second year at Camp Bestival, and we are incredibly lucky that we have been invited as Official Crew for the festival. Thanks to last years introduction to the festival, it’s now become the highlight of our year and we plan on attending every year from now on.

Although we’ve been camping before, we were complete novices to family camping and only had a rough idea on what we absolutely needed to bring (although we quickly learnt that Camp Bestival has an amazing stock of essentials in their main shop). Thanks to the UK being so unpredictable we had to pack for every eventuality, just in case, however as the week went on we realised what was essential and what wasn’t!

If you’re thinking of attending Camp Bestival this year and aren’t sure what to pack, here’s a quick list that we’d like to share to help you along the way so you don’t over pack, because trust me, you don’t want to be lugging up unnecessary stuff up and down that hill from the car park!

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Days Out – Packing With a 4 Month Old. 

When we decided to go to Eastbourne air show for the day I didn’t think we realised how much we’d actually need to take with us to be prepared. A 4 month old is a tiny thing, all they do is eat, sleep and poop. Right? No. They’re you but waaaay more vulnerable.

Although technically we have everything if we just take my boobs and some nappies, but you absolutely need other stuff if you, say, want to be properly protected from the sun or kept dry.

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Although we’ve been outside for longer than an hour before, this was an all day outing, and an outside all day outing. No shops, no proper seats, no shelter, nothing. We had to prepare and I’ve always been one to pack for a monsoon at the same time as a heatwave.

Here’s what our car looked like by the time we were ready to go:

Changing Bag.
In our BabyMule bag we took the usual nappy changing gumph (x2) as well as;
2-3 changes of clothes depending on the severity of the change
Teething toys and normal toys.
3 muslins
2 hats (one for warmth, one for sun).
Blankets.
We also had dummies (x4!!) sun-tan lotion, teething gel and powders, and alcohol gel as part of our toiletries section. Next year we will take bug spray!

Picnic Hamper with food and drink for the day.
Picnic blanket and Camping chairs.

Buggy (with rain cover attachment) although this was probably used mostly to transport all our stuff!

 

No baby was used in said buggy.

No baby was used in said buggy.

 

UV Tent for T to get changed in or chill out in, and to also protect our belongings.

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Rain coats and jumpers.
Umbrella.

We pretty much prepared for every scenario which seemed a little over the top but not only is this England but it’s sod’s law that if we didn’t take it, we would need it. Annoyingly, we didn’t actually think of taking anything, clothes-wise, for us but thankfully we didn’t need it.

This was for a whole day, next month we’re off on holiday for a week in Cornwall, I’m thinking we may need to hire a trailer!

What’s the most you’ve ever taken for the day? Did you need it? What did you forget?

K