We give you the essentials if you’re camping at Electric Picnic this weekend.

We’ve compiled a list of the essentials you’ll need when packing for Electric Picnic this weekend. There is a weather warning in place for this weekend in Stradbally, so take care as this might be a bit wetter than the standard Irish festival but hopefully not as bad as this…

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A good tent 

A good and water resistant is severely needed for any festival but especially Electric Picnic, with rain and wind forecast for the weekend, make sure you get a tent that’s water resistant and able to stand up in the wind. Halfords always have a great selection, once you don’t leave it too late.

If you are bringing a tent make sure to bring it home with you too, we need to cut the waste we leave at festivals and leaving tents behind its the biggest problem. Be sound and bring your tent home.

A warm sleeping bag

It is the beginning of September so the nights will be getting cold, probably best to leave your sleeping bag you got for Christmas when you were 13 at home and pick up a cosy one in Argos. You’re probably best not going cheap on this one either, the guts of 25-30 Euro should be okay.

Camping chair

These are often overlooked by new comers to the camping festival game but are in fact a very important piece to your camping equipment. Perfect for sitting around with mates throughout the weekend, this is one you want unless you want to sit on the damp ground.

Pillow/Pillow Case

If you want a bit more comfort than some, a pillow is a handy one to bring. If you don’t have a lot of space, you can bring a pillow case and pack it with some clothes for a homemade pillow/bag.

Battery pack

If you want to save some money and not pay to charge your phone or wait in long queues, bringing a battery pack will be handy to have your phone topped up when you need to find your mates. Some of these also come with a torch which also can be very handy. Tesco, Pennys and plenty of other places sell these.


Three strong days of drinking warm cans, you’re going to need to stack up. Don’t be that person mooching cans off people on Saturday cause you already drank your 8 pack of Heineken on Friday night. If you are bringing spirits or bottles, please be aware you can’t bring glass in. Always drink responsibly too, you’ve got the whole weekend, as the saying goes “it’s a marathon not a sprint”.

Multiple pairs of socks and undies

These are important, you’ll be surprised how easily you go through pairs of socks when you’re camping. Thank me when you see that person buying them awful weed socks for 5 quid because they didn’t bring enough.

Baby wipes / Towels

Two important players in control of the safety of your hygiene throughout the weekend. Baby wipes are like a currency at festivals, come Sunday evening they’re worth more than gold.


It might not be something you think is important but protecting your ears is so important in any festival scene. You can pick up a standard set of 3 or 4 pairs in most pharmacies as well as some music stores.


With a weather warning in place for this weekend, this one is essential if you want to keep your feet dry for the weekend. Pennys is your cheapest and easiest if you’re getting a pair of these.

Some accessories to bring along:

Toothbrush and toothpaste
Moisturiser / hand sanitiser
Dry Shampoo
Lip Balm
Bumbag / tote bag
Hip flask
Plastic bags / zip-lock bags

And most importantly don’t forget your festival tickets.

Here’s Tommy Holohan’s Boiler Room to listen when you’re packing for the weekend.

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