Festivals are a fantastic opportunity to get out in the sunshine (hopefully) and enjoy time with family and friends, camping and enjoying a range of events from watching bands to indulging in different hobbies and activities.

Many festivals have a reputation for expensive and questionable food, so when it comes to making sure you stay well fed and enjoy yourself at a festival what should you bring with you?

What equipment should you bring with you?

More often than not when you go to a festival, you’re going to be camping. This means that you’re going to have a range of camping equipment to bring with you, making weight and quantity an issue.

You want to be able to get your campsite set up as quickly as possible, so you can go and enjoy the festival. Carrying loads of unnecessary gear with you just eats into the time you could be spending having fun.

Focus just on what you’ll need:

  • Tent
  • Changes of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Food
  • Water

Some festivals prohibit camping stoves and certain types of barbeques, so it is worth checking in advance to work out what cooking equipment you should bring with you. This might impact the types of food you can bring to the festival and force you to rethink how you transport and store any meals or ingredients.

What sort of food should you bring with you?

Ideally, while you’re at a festival, you want to spend as little time as possible cooking or at the campsite and more time enjoying activities and performances.

You also need to keep in mind that space is often at a premium on a campsite, and you might be without the means to keep fresh food without it spoiling. The weather is also an issue at festivals and can really hinder your ability to prepare food.

With these points in mind you should look at more long-lasting foods with quick preparation times.

Canned or freeze-dried options can be prepared and heated up quickly, meaning you’re never really distracted from the fun of being at a festival but are still able to enjoy a decent meal. This way you can enjoy a quick breakfast to get your day started and also be able to relax at the end of the day with something nice to eat which requires little effort or skill to prepare. This can be ideal for when you’re tired and losing daylight after a long day on the festival grounds.

Look for ways to minimise the amount of mess involved in cooking, and also the number of utensils and pieces of cooking equipment you need to bring with you. Meals that can be prepared in their packaging are a fantastic option, as everything is self-contained and easy to store. This means that your campsite remains a lot tidier and packing everything back up at the end of the festival is easier.

Festivals, especially in Britain, can easily turn into rainy and muddy events. You need to keep the weather in mind when thinking about the conditions you might have to camp and cook in. This might mean that you need to bring food that requires no preparation in order to have access to food even if you can’t cook. Things like cereal bars, nuts, snacks and fruit are perfect for these situations.

How can we help you to prepare for a festival?

Getting your meal choices right at a festival can help you stay full, eat in a hurry and spend more time enjoying yourself.

At Summit To Eat, we provide a range of freeze-dried meals which can help ensure you have access to nutritious, tasty meals including breakfasts, mains, desserts and side dishes in any situation. Our meals and ingredients are:

  • Easy to prepare – simply add water to the pouch and wait for the meal to rehydrate
  • Freeze-dried to create a lightweight, easy to store meal
  • Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic
  • Nutritious – bursting with the carbohydrates and protein you need to feel full and energised

Our meals are perfect for a festival campsite, self-contained and requiring only water to prepare, keeping the amount of cooking and camping equipment you need to a minimum. This means you have less to pack and prepare, less to lose and less to worry about while you’re supposed to be having fun.


To find out more about our range of freeze-dried adventure food, take a look at our meals page or contact us to speak to a member of our team.