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The summer has arrived, the festival season is in full swing, but are you prepared? Whether you’re heading to Latitude in a couple of weeks or to a campsite by the sea, here is an alternative list of five essentials items to pack in your bag. Forget floral headbands and cowgirl hats, these are the practical items you’ll need to transform your summer trip.

1. Plasters

The old saying goes that if you take care of your feet and they’ll take care of you. While the weather might be sunny and your wellie boots might stay at home under the stairs, walking around in flip-flops or sandals all day might well cause unwanted blisters, especially if you’ve got yourself a new pair and not worn them in. Be sure to grab yourself a pack of plasters to sooth the pain, but if you do need to stick one on, make a statement of it. Superdrug’s fantastic little tin of Fix’em plasters (Superdrug, RRP £2.99) will keep you looking stylish whether it’s your first festival or you’re a camping veteran.

2. Squash

We all know it’s important to drink lots of water, never more so than during a heatwave and outside in the sun all day. But let’s face it, drinking water isn’t very exciting so why not pack some Robinsons Squash’d (Various retailers RRP £1.99) for your trip. These small but might bottles of concentrated squash come in a range of flavours and add a splash of flavour as you stay hydrated in the sun.

3. Luxury sleeping bags

For those who feel glamping doesn’t offer you an authentic camping experience, be sure to treat yourself to a little luxury for your 40 winks. Why not grab yourself a double sleeping bag. Lightweight and easy to carry, these bags will give you extra room and maybe just help you forget your sleeping in a field with tens, hundreds or thousands of other people. The Vango Harmony double sleeping bag (Blacks, RRP £70.00) comes in a range of colourful designs and is lightweight and easy to pack up at the end of your trip. Festivals are all competing for families and as more and more festival-goers are taking their kids it’s important to give them a little luxury too. After a long day in the field, why not pack your little raver into a Little Life Snuggle Pod (Various retailers RRP £49.99). Choose between a penguin, owl or crocodile and let your littles ones sleep the night away.

4. Wet wipes

Parents have kept the true power of wet wipes a closely guarded secret. These handy wipes are much more powerful than they first appear. Not only are they great for wiping little bottoms; they are the ideal travel companions, great for wiping your hands, mopping in tent spill and even cooling you down a long day. Pick up a fragrance-free pack of Pampers wipes (Various retailers).

5. Stain remover

The chances are, when the fun is over you’ll need to deep clean your clothes as well as yourself – especially if you’re getting involved with this year’s trend of glitter makeup or will be taking part in a colour run. It’s all fun and games until you realise that everything you own is now sparkling or splattered! Keep your festival wear looking fresh and free from any irritating stains by adding some ACE Stain Remover (Various retailers, RRP £2.00) to your post-camp wash. ACE is a mighty stain remover that will help you remove those pesky stains but keep the fantastic memories.

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