Your essential festival survival kit for summer 2016

Festival season is upon us, so it is time to put the cuppa down, pick the laptop up and order your festival survival kit for your best days in the sun - here are Notion's favourite picks!

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Festival Survival Kit

A festival can be the most fun a human ever has, but it can also be the messiest, dirtiest, most impractical and downright inhumane period of our summers. We accept and appreciate this, and like the lovely people we are, have come up with some pretty awesome festival-fit clothes and accessories to make your festival-planning a breeze.

So whether you’re off to Standon Calling for the day, Glastonbury for the week or off abroad to Hideout Festival in Croatia, we have come up with festival survival kits handily separated into three key groups. One for guys, one for the gals, and then another for all.

Festival Survival Kit
For the Lads


Festival Survival KIt
Don’t squint at the main stage for the whole weekend – get your mitts on some these lush Our Legacy sunnies.
Find them at Oki-Ni here for £151

Waterproof, lightweight jacket 

Festival Survival Kit
We hope it doesn’t rain on your parade, but if it does you might as well look cool.
Check out this Adidas waterproof jacket, here for £90

Bucket Hat

And if by some beautiful miracle it is sunny, then why not crack out this funny little fella. Bucket hats are practical, occasionally stylish, and this one features a duck smoking. Cool. Lazy Oaf, £25

Waterproof backpack

Guys have stuff they need to carry around too, you know. We love this weather-proof backpack from Cote & Ciel which you can keep all your manly knick-knacks in. Like beer. From Sefton Fashion here from £215


Stay cool and look hot in these skull and bones shorts.
They’re from Life’s a Beach and are £59.99

For the Lasses

Body Adornment

Festivals are a time to go a little bit mad with the glitter, and we love these mystical tattoo-transfers. What’s particularly awesome about these is that included in this pack include GLOW IN THE DARK transfers. Need we say more? Buy them immediately from Festival Face for £6.99

Purse Belt

It’s a purse. On a belt. And it has fringes = festival no-brainer.
Get your hands on it from ASOS for £20


Stand out from the crowd with these uber-fun multicoloured Adidas shorts. They’re comfy and floral, and because they’re crafted from rich jersey, they’ll probably stand the test of time, too.
Get your hands on a pair over at Topshop for £30

Stand-Out Sneakers

Nike has just released these lush satin trainers in dusty pink and jade green. Perfect for standing out from the crowd but still having ultimate comfort on your feet! You can bag your pair of Nike QS Air Max Plus Satin from Net-A-Porter for £125.

Leather Biker Jacket

Don’t worry if a chilly breeze attacks the field. Here’s a folky, fringy biker jacket to cover up with, but still keep you festival-appropriate. It’s available from ASOS for £200.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is up there with the wheel regarding important inventions. This bottle smells heavenly and will keep your locks looking fresh until you can muster the energy to wash properly again. No judgement. You can buy it at Boots for £4.99

The Wellie

Ever since Kate Moss rocked Hunter wellies and micro-shorts at Glastonbury in 2003, the Wellie went from strictly farmer attire, into hip and happening festival clobber…and our dry feet have thanked us time and time again. Cheers, Kate. Buy yourself a pair from Office for £94.99

Ankle Boots

And for those after a welly that’s a bit different, why not go for an ankle-boot style? These fun rain boots from Muck Boot Company fit the bill flawlessly. Available from the Muck Boot Company for £75

Essential Packing for Everyone


What festival survival kit would be complete without a tent?! This trendy little guy comes available in a variety of colours and prints, and is a steal at £20 currently. Available here.

Portable Phone Charger

Everyone needs to make sure they have enough power in their phone for the inevitable 240-second Snapchat stories over a festival weekend. This portable charger is the cutest thing and pretty handy. Check it out on Lazy Oaf. It’s £45.

OHAYO Hangover Drink

Hangovers will occur. Here is a miracle cure by OHAYO to sort them out and carry on with your life (does it work? Only one way to find out). Try them out here for £3.75

Waterproof Spray

A truly essential item. Cover everything you own in it. Trust us. Buy it here,  £7.49

Water Bottle

Time for something truly innovative. Here is a collapsible, re-usable water bottle. It’s so handy, it’s even dishwasher safe. Get your hands on one here, starting at about £10.50


A key item for dry or tired eyes. Stay awake and keep yer peepers pretty. Available at Boots for £15.99

Biodegradable Facial Wipes

Keep the planet happy and use biodegradable products where possible. These facial wipes will keep your skin clear despite all the mud. You can pick them up here for £3.99

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Image Courtesy of Standon Calling