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What to pack for a Festival to make it that little bit better

It’s raining and it’s unseasonably cold, and we are meant to be going to the Port Eliot Festival this weekend. In fact there is no ‘meant’ about it, we are going to the Port Eliot Festival as I am committed to giving a workshop to aspiring writers at the Idler Tent. Last year was the second year I had ever been camping, but my first year at Port Eliot with the family – two children who are now 7 and 10. The ten-year-old loved it and begged to go again this year. We remembered the tent, the duvet and the mini cooker, but I had forgotten the ear-plugs and the eye mask. The sleeping pills were in my bag,  but where were the baby wipes? It was fun but I was dazed and confused for quite a few days afterwards.

My friend Za said to bring a bucket with a lid, for those emergencies in the night. Genius.

Here is my list of things to bring to a festival:

Tent, sleeping bags or duvets, eye mask, ear plugs, folding chairs and table, waterproofs, baby wipes, gas fire, sausages,bacon, baps, tea, wine, food-cooler, bottles of water, bucket with lid, towels, at least two torches (Make sure battery works), camera, warm pajamas, extra blankets, real pillows, sleeping pills, wellington boots or walking boots and a wind up radio and a really good book (perhaps my new book Seven Days one Summer she said immodestly) plus whatever your children need.

Also I’ve looked around and picked three new products that would be great for camping:

  1. Multi Vitamins to keep your strength up: Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin vitality 2  come in tear off strips so you don’t have to pack the whole lot. It’s also meant to help with energy and brain function!!
  2. Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt a mitt that removes all make up using warm water only.
  3. Environ Moisturising Toner that hydrates skin and removes last traces of makeup.
  4. A really good dry shampoo – can anyone recommend one?
Just one last confession. We were going to camp right up to yesterday when I looked at the rain and chickened out and decided to borrow a friend’s cottage instead!

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