Electric Picnic weekend is fast approaching and I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit weather forecast confused. Let’s be real though, this is Ireland, so if you’re camping, you better be prepared. Here’s what to pack for weekend camping at Electric Picnic, plus camping hacks for girls and guys. And cute dogs.
With less than a week to go, I popped into Rambler’s Way on Mary St (between Henry St and Capel St). The camping and outdoors shop is somewhat of a Dublin institution. The family run business has been supplying camping gear and anything you could need for every outdoor activity you can dream of for the past 35 years. There’s an air of pre-EP excitement building in-store, as the last minute panic buyers start to descend in the days leading up to Ireland’s biggest music festival.
Obviously, the chances of needing a rain coat over the weekend at some point or another are extremely high. I’ve packed a poncho, (Rambler’s Way will give you a free one at the till when you’re buying your camping bits if you mention this post) but I wanted a proper jacket with a hood that would also pack away when I don’t need it. There are so many lovely waterproof parkas in the shops at the moment, but in the event that we have a sudden heatwave, I don’t want to be lumbered with carrying one of those yokes around. I also didn’t want a sweaty cheapy version. This breathable Regatta Outdoors Waterproof Corinne Jacket is the happy medium. It’s packaway (fits in a bit pocket) and reduced from €59.95 to €39, and available in loads of colours. I chose black, natch.
Next up is the actual camping gear. For the best value, choose the special ‘Festival Package‘ from Rambler’s Way. It’s got everything you need for two people and works out half the price of buying all the bits separately. No brainer! For €79.95 you’ll get a waterproof two man tent, two sleeping mats, two sleeping bags and two fold up camping chairs (with cup holder – totally essential). Everything they’ve chosen for the set is lightweight. Rambler’s Way ain’t no fool, they know you’ll need to reserve that extra weight for carrying cans to the campsite. The whole pack is really compact and easy to haul around, plus it’s a total bargain between two.
Bulk it out with blankets and DIY pillows (just bring the pillowcase and stuff it with a hoody/jumper) if the weather looks like it’s going to dip at night. This year my tent is brand new, but if you’re reusing one, I strongly recommend buying an extra set of tent pegs. Probably the best €4 you’ll spend all weekend. Another essential is a dry sack to keep valuables damp and dirt free. The likelihood is your cute new backpack isn’t waterproof, so think of it as kind of a layer of insulation inside your bag to protect your phone/camera/money etc. While I hate the feel of them, microfibre towels are a festival or camping must. Even if you’re not showering, the natural showers might get you and there’s nothing worse than feeling soggy with nothing to dry you off. They’re super absorbent and fast drying, plus take up hardly any room when packing.
Camping Tips & Hacks:
- Pack each outfit including accessories and underwear into large ziplock bags. Not only will the bags keep your clothes dry, but it’ll be easier to dress each morning without unpacking your entire bag
- Spray dry shampoo in your hair at night before you sleep so it can get to work while you’re tossing and turning, absorbing grease before it gets a chance to take hold
- Store small valuables that you’re leaving in your tent in an empty baby wipes packet (the kind with the plastic tab opening). Doubtful thieves will think to look inside your toiletries
- Pick up a few caribiners in Rambler’s Way before you leave, they’re perfect for hanging small items from the roof of your tent (along with a torch) so you don’t have to go rummaging in the dark looking for all your bits and bobs
- Bring a flag to mark your tent so it’s easier to find. I’m not talking a tricolour here, get inventive. Don’t bother with a helium balloon, someone will steal it
- Carry a few glow sticks, earn party points when you hand them out at the forest rave or throw them into a plastic water bottle for a makeshift lamp
- Or, use a headlamp facing inwards to a big water bottle and watch it glow
- Freeze any food and drink (that won’t get ruined in the process) before you leave to keep it cooler longer
- Drop a pin on Google Maps on your phone where you park, nothing worse than not being able to find the car come Monday morning
- Keep your phone on airplane mode when you’re not using it, (which at a music festival should be quite a bit) to save battery. Even better, bring an old Nokia brick just to make emergency “where are you?” calls
- Wear blister plasters as a preemptive measure, it might be too late once the damage is done
- Forget baby wipe showers, Wash Wizard body sponges are the newest way to stay clean when you’re without running water
What to pack for weekend camping at Electric Picnic:
https://www.facebook.com/BridODonovanPhotography/Clockwise from top left: Highlander Camping chair €9.95 // Wellies, from €15 // Regatta Corinne Waterproof Packaway jacket €39 // Highlander 8l Dry Sack €12.95 // fold up picnic blanket, Penneys // Highlander Sleeping Bag (Reduced to 14.95 in store) // red cups, Tesco // Wash Wizzard waterless body sponges, Amazon // Highlander Glenderry 2 man Waterproof Tent (€39.95 in store on its own) // Highlander Sleep Mat (€4.95 on its own) // thick cotton socks, more pairs than you could ever imagine needing // chewing gum // Highlander Micro Towel // Highlander Large Glow Sticks €2.95 // bobble hat // Highlander 5 LED Headlamp €9.95 // bandana // battery operated fairy lights, Penneys //leather bum bag // Highlander Twisted Tent Pegs €3.95 // enamel mugs, tartan shirt. All items Rambler’s Way unless specified.
Photos by Brid O’Donovan.
This post was sponsored by Rambler’s Way. All opinions are now, and always, my own.