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Reading Festival - What's in my handbag?

Reading Festival is upon us once again and for 90,000 festival goers that means packing their bags, tents and booze. Whilst the lads are deciding on what t-shirts go best with their hair do's, the girls are deciding upon outfits, make up and accessories but most importantly... What to put in their handbags.

I've been going to Reading Festival for donkey's years and have learnt the difference as what I need to take into the arena and what I want to take into the arena but I still get it wrong each year.... the weather can change everything!

So what do you actually need and why?

A zipper close, cross body bag...

You'd be naïve to think Reading Festival is crime free. A zip or a bag with 50 million buckles may be annoying at the bar but it will make the lives of the dirty scally's hell too, so swings and roundabouts and all that, just don't forget to zip it up. Cross shoulder makes it harder to drop, making dancing easier too and lets face it, you're going to be drinking which means dancing!

Sure Compressed Deodorant...

It can get sweaty at festivals in the summer heat (when we get it) and amongst all those other hot and sweaty bodies dancing about to their favourite tunes too, it's not the freshest. It pays to have something on you to freshen up with and this teeny tiny can is just the thing (£1.35). For a deeper more confident protection apply the 48hr Sure Maximum Protection cream (£5.30) before you go to bed before you leave on Thursday... read why to do it at night HERE

Waterproof Eyeliner & Mascara...

I have to confess my eyeliner has seen better days, it is well loved and I may need to get a new one *shuffles off to the Benefit counter*. The festival can see you being drenched by a great British down pour or a flying cup of liquid (TIP: if it's warm it's not a great thing, panic and spray yourself to death with your deodorant and cry a little, it's definitely piss). If your eyeliner and mascara aren't waterproof... god help you.

Vaseline Rosy Lips...

Vaseline can help keep your lips moist and looking glossy without your hair sticking to it whilst you're jumping around like a crazy person. The Rosy Tint from their lip therapy range (£1.99) is the perfect hint of summer for your lips that won't smudge, fade or go on your teeth. As much as I love a bright lipstick, drunken festivals, lipsticks and me are not friends. So I stick to this little beauty.

Sunglasses...

A cheap pair!!! Do not take your £389 Oakleys and then get mad when you drop them in a moshpit. Oh and pop into Primark and grab a few spare pairs to leave in your tent too. Saves you panicking about losing them.

Hairbands x lots

Toilet Roll/Femfresh...

Lets face it, it's an essential. Even if they do provide the stuff onsite... it's already had 89,999 people's pissy fingertips on it and is filthy (slight exaggeration). Femfresh, although controversial as it reduces PH balancey type things on your foofie, at the festival it can be the difference between feeling like you've not washed for a week and being fresh out of the shower... one or the other is fine though I suppose but if you're camping, pack some Femfresh.

Vaseline Hand Cream + Anti-Bac

You will thank me if you put some of this 2in1 Anti-Bac hand cream in your bag when you see the toilets. This Anti-Bac has a special Vaseline twist though, it's a bacteria fighting, moisturising, hand cream so it eliminates that dried out feeling your usual anti-bacs cause. Containing 5 essential oils, this alcohol free, this instant bacteria killing beauty softens your hands and keeps you fresh. Definitely a handbag essential for the festival.

Phone...

Who goes anywhere without their phone now a days. Make sure it is fully charged. There are areas around the campsite with lockers and charging stations, make use of them. Try not to use it too much over the day as you'll need some battery for emergency calls to lost friends or random celebrity spotted selfies, obviously.

Money...

Don't take anything money or bank card wise you aren't intending to spend. Budget yourself and lock the rest away in a locker (not your tent). This stops temptation of overspending and if your bag gets nicked you have back up.

Small fold up raincoat...

Standard practice at a festival is to get rained on. Umbrellas are banned in the arena so you need a mac, if you don't want to hold it buy a bag sized one. If you have a larger one it can double up as seating during the day but can be an ass to carry around when not needed.

A little mirror...

For reasons stated in areas above as the queues for the loo mirrors are always horrendous.

What not to take...

  • Cans
  • Disposable BBQs and permitted cooking stoves
  • Drinks bottles (sealed water and soft drinks allowed)
  • Umbrellas

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