What to pack for Glastonbury 2022 - and what NOT to bring

21 June 2022, 08:00

The Glastonbury camp sites... have you got everything you need
The Glastonbury camp sites... have you got everything you need. Picture: Anthony Brown / Alamy Stock Photo

In a bid to reduce the amount of waste left over after the festival, Glastonbury has asked visitors to bring the essentials only. Here's what you can and can't take onto the site.

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For those lucky enough to have bagged themselves tickets for Glastonbury this year, we've compiled a helpful packing guide - and have itemised the things you shouldn't bring.

READ MORE: Here's what the weather forecast looks like for Glasto next week

What to pack for Glastonbury Festival 2022

  1. A portable phone charger

    While there's more to life than your mobile, you will inevitably need some charge to track down your mates. So, to avoid the hefty fees at charging points and standing around for over an hour to get a full bar, bring along a portable charger - there are many on the market now that can give your device a boost over the long, long weekend.

  2. Roll mat

    Equally, the ground will be cold - even if it doesn't rain. A roll mat just acts as an extra barrier between you and the sodden earth and means you're less likely to get a chill at night.

    You'll rue the day you forgot your mallet when you try and push your tent pegs into that stony Glastonbury ground
    You'll rue the day you forgot your mallet when you try and push your tent pegs into that stony Glastonbury ground. Picture: Michael Burrell / Alamy Stock Photo
  3. Toilet roll

    After ages queueing for the loo, it's finally your turn. You enter a stinking portable latrine, only to find there's no toilet roll left in the holder. You then, desperately, rummage through your pockets for a pocket tissue, but things look bleak. You end up leaving the loo feeling uncomfortable and even dirtier than when you entered.

    Also: avoid bringing disposable wipes as they can damage the environment!

    A festival toilet, yesterday
    A festival toilet, yesterday. Picture: Joe Bird / Alamy Stock Photo
  4. Sun cream

    The weather in June can get scorching, so it's advisable you carry some suncream with you - of SPF 30 or higher.

    Glastonbury can be a bit of a scorcher sometimes
    Glastonbury can be a bit of a scorcher sometimes. Picture: Roger Cracknell 01/classic / Alamy Stock Photo
  5. A thermal blanket

    There's nothing worse than being rained on alllllll day, then having no sleep because the temperature turns Baltic. To avoid getting chilly in the evenings, take a thick thermal blanket to help retain heat.

  6. Wellies

    Regardless of whether the sun's shining or there's a massive downpour, wellies are a festival must. Things can get quite grungy out there.

    A welly graveyard at Glastonbury in 2011
    A welly graveyard at Glastonbury in 2011. Picture: Everynight Images / Alamy Stock Photo
  7. Torch

    Take a torch for those late-night trips to the loo!

    Don't forget that all important torch... and a pair of earplugs!
    Don't forget that all important torch... and a pair of earplugs! Picture: Alexandr Malyshev/agsaz/Alamy Stock Photo
  8. Earplugs

    It's always a hard job trying to get some shut-eye at festivals, but having earplugs in helps block out some of the noise going on around your tent.

  9. Some hard cash

    Glasto assures us that 20 of the major bars will have credit or debit card payments accepted, but don’t forget the joy and reliability of cold, hard cash. There are ATMs on site, but queuing for them can waste a valuable chunk of your weekend if they get busy - and some will also charge you for withdrawal.

  10. Some basic food and drink essentials

    While there are hundreds of food stalls at Glastonbury, the last thing you want to do is keel over from not eating or staying hydrated. So come prepared. And those bananas are a great source of potassium - which will stave off your hangover.

    Water and bananas - your hangover will thank you
    Water and bananas - your hangover will thank you. Picture: Agsaz/Derek Croucher/Alamy Stock Photo

What NOT to take to Glastonbury Festival 2022

  1. Gazebos

    Glastonbury organisers are unequivocal about this one: don't bring gazebos. They say: "[Gazebos] take up valuable tent space and often get left behind. If any do appear people may be politely asked to take them down to free up space for others."

    This is now a forbidden sight at Glastonbury
    This is now a forbidden sight at Glastonbury. Picture: Alamy Stock Photo
  2. Glass items

    If you're caught trying to take glass into the festival, it will be taken off your person.

  3. Non-biodegradable body glitter

    As part of their new green initiative, Glastonbury organisers have asked that guests refrain from using non-biodegradable body glitter at the event.

  4. Pets

    While it might seem like an obvious one, pets and animals are not permitted to enter the festival site - so no sneaking your pooch in your handbag!

  5. Fireworks and sky lanterns

    Anyone who brings fireworks with them to Glastonbury will be evicted from the premises and will be refused entry thereafter. Come on, the Arcadia Spider is back this year, there's enough entertainment laid on already!

    Festival-goers are being asked NOT to take sky lanterns
    Festival-goers are being asked NOT to take sky lanterns. Picture: Julian Peters / Alamy Stock Photo
  6. Sound systems and drums

    I mean...you are there to watch live music, so leave your boombox at home.

  7. Generators

    The festival offers charging points to guests, but you cannot bring your own generator.

  8. Drones

    While drones have become increasingly popular in recent years - and you can get some decent aerial photos with them, they are strictly banned from Glasto.

    Don't bring a drone to Glastonbury, right? You're not making a film
    Don't bring a drone to Glastonbury, right? You're not making a film. Picture: Panther Media GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
  9. Unnecessary stuff

    Don’t take unnecessary items. Make sure you have all your camping stuff packed in advance: guy ropes, ground sheet, the lot. Take a mallet, that ground is HARD! And don’t forget to pack your tickets, obvs.

    The most important rule of all is: don’t take anything you’re not prepare to lose or damage in some way. There are property lock-ups, but this is a festival, remember, not a city break. As part of the "Leave No Trace" campaign, Glastonbury are also encouraging you to "only bring things which you can take home". So no dumping of camping gear at the end of the weekend.

  10. Too much alcohol

    Yes, you can take booze onto the site, but check the rules - if you take too many slabs of cans, the organisers may think you are trying to sell them on and could confiscate your haul.

    Only take what you need to Glastonbury - and take everything you bring home with you
    Only take what you need to Glastonbury - and take everything you bring home with you. Picture: Clive Farndon / Alamy Stock Photo
  11. Illegal substances

    Everyone wants to have a lovely time, so think on. You’re at Glastonbury, this is part of history. If you overdo it on beer or cheap wine and spend the weekend puking, what stories will you have to tell? Do you want your main memory of the festival to be a load of aggravation with other people, or the inside of the medical tent?

    Drugs are ILLEGAL on the Glastonbury site and the usual laws apply, so don’t get arrested before you’ve even pitched your tent - the police will be conducting searches!

Check the full list of prohibited items here. Please also note that any confiscated items will NOT be returned.