My Festival Essentials with POLO

My Festival Essentials with POLO | rhianna olivia

This post is written in collaboration with POLO

You all know I’m a festival gal. I’m still not over the fact that Download was almost a month ago and I’m already counting down the days to my next one. (Which, hopefully, will be Leeds Fest if we get our act together and get some tickets sorted…)

I’ve written a few posts about festivals in the past, but I’ve never really written one about my festival essentials. Which actually surprises me, because I’m a real stickler for festival essentials being just that – essentials. All these articles you see knocking about that suggest really stupid stuff for festival goers really irritate me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, gal loves a bit of glitter, fun makeup and other bits that aren’t necessarily “essential”. But when people are suggesting really impractical things (hello ASOS and the full lycra cat suits in your festival fashion sections) it really bugs me.

So, in MY festival essentials, they are actually things you will need and/or use in the fields. You’re welcome.

Gotta have those layers

The thing I love about festivals is that they’re a place you can experiment with fashion. You can wear something you’d NEVER normally wear, and feel amazing in it. I love putting together festival outfits and having fun with it – it’s one of my favourite things about the festival season.

With that in mind, gal gotta have those layers. Let’s be honest – British festivals aren’t Coachella. Even if you’re lucky enough to have some sunshine, the evenings will be chilly. Layers are your best friend.

Also, whilst we’re on the topic of fashion, please wear wellies. You’d be surprised how many times I’ve seen people wearing wedges and sandals. I want to tell you again this ISN’T COACHELLA. Good luck with your muddy toes, everybody.

And one more for the road – unless you’re seriously dedicated to your *look*, consider not wearing a playsuit. Having to strip virtually completely naked every time you need a wee is not ideal when you’re having to use portaloos…

Bright, sparkly makeup

Okay, so this isn’t exactly an *essential*. But, leading on from the last point, it’s fun to play around with your look at festivals and if you can’t do that with you’re makeup then how can you? This year at Download I played around a lot with some gold NYX eyeliner and it was the BOMB DOT COM.

A toothbrush and toothpaste

It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised. Recent research from YouGov shows that over ONE THIRD of British festival goers don’t brush their teeth during a five-day festival. Seriously, guys?? Bring a damn toothbrush and brush your damn teeth. (Top tip: if you also bring an empty bottle of water with you, you can fill it at water points and use it to rinse out your mouth after brushing. And if it’s empty – it’s not as heavy to carry when you’re trying to find a suitable tent spot!)

Should all else fail, you need to keep your breath fresh with something that isn’t full of sugar. Enter, the all new POLO Sugar Free pots. They help prevent against dental erosion, keep bad breath at bay and are even accredited by the Oral Health Foundation.

I mean, you should still definitely brush your teeth as well. But these are absolutely a good start! (And they’ll fit in your bumbag, so you can keep your breath fresh throughout the day. Winner.)

Other handbag essentials

Because I could go on for YEARS about the things you should take to festivals, here are a few things you should keep in your handbag, just because…

Hand sanitiser (trust me, you’ll need it), tissues for when the loo roll inevitably runs out. Bin bags, so you can sit down if it’s wet ground (and you can waterproof basically any of your belongings with a bin bag). A waterproof coat/poncho of some kind, because, obviously. An empty water bottle, so you can stay hydrated without spending any money on bottled water. Suncream, if you’re like me and burn when it’s cloudy – who knows, you may even get lucky and get some sun!

Obviously, there are so many more things I would consider a festival essential, but I would legitimately be here for years, so I feel like I’ve definitely given you my most important ones for the moment. Maybe a part two post is in order… Let me know in the comments what your ultimate festival essential would be!

This post is an ad written in collaboration with POLO, but all words, imagery and strong opinions against impractical festival fashion are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.



  1. 23rd August 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Hand sanitiser is definitely my number 1. I’m travelling at the minute and my ‘essentials’ bag sounds very much similar to your festival one. Love the flatlay at the top of this post!

    Amy x

  2. 19th July 2017 / 8:10 pm

    A good pair of sunnies, some sunscreen (because obvi, no one wants a burn), makeup wipes and hand sanitizer would be my top few essentials I’d have to carry with me. I’ve never been to a huge festival that is similar to Coachella, but where I live there are a couple day festivals, like what Sophie mentioned below. Take me next time? haha xx

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// Lifestyle & Beauty
    Let’s be BLOGLOVIN friends!

  3. 12th July 2017 / 2:48 am

    These are definetely great essentials, I totally agree with the toothpaste and toothbrush and bottle of water haha! Also your photography is absolutely stunning here x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌻✨

  4. 10th July 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I’ve actually never been to the whole weekend for a festival – I’ve only ever had day tickets. And at my most recent one I was wearing a playsuit. I can confirm that having to take the whole bloody thing off every time I went for a wee was an absolute nightmare! This has definitely made me want to go and camp properly though :) Sophie x

  5. 9th July 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I’ve never been to a festival – I imagine they would be an amazing experience x