After strutting through mud and squatting over Portaloos, while having no running water to wash off the day’s dirt, it may seem unlikely but staying clean and hygienic at festivals is possible. We know what you’re thinking. Clean… at a festival? It’s never gonna happen – right? WRONG! Yeah, you might not be able to sink into a bubble bath or power-shower the dirt away, but there are still a few tips and tricks to know about and products you can take with you to keep clean. We’ve rounded up our top picks for your packing list, so keep on reading if you wanna know the essentials…

Prep properly

Our motto? Start super-fresh on Friday so you’re not a mess by Monday. Before you even leave the house, treat yourself to an intense pamper sesh while you still can. Wash your hair, have a soak and scrub away dead skin cells with an all-over body scrub. 

Vitamin E Superdrug Vitamin E Sugar / Oil Body Scrub 250ml £4.99 Buy Now

Wipes over water

Unless you’re glamping, the chances of getting anywhere near running water are next to none, so it’s gotta be a wipe jobby. The best ones for the task? Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes win, hands down. They effectively remove dirt, and the coconut oil helps to keep your skin soft and moisturised. These babies come in recyclable packaging, and each wipe is compostable, which means they’re perfect for environmentally conscious festival goers.

You may need to use something a little more sensitive on your downstairs, so take a pack of Femfresh Wipes to see you through the weekend.

yes to Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes £3.99 Buy Now
Femfresh Femfresh Wipes 25 Pack £3.15 Buy Now

Don’t have a hair mare

Unless you’re going to dunk your head under the leaky water tap next to the loos – seriously, don’t do that – a hair wash ain’t gonna happen. Braiding your hair can make it easier to maintain, but for that instant refresh, pack Batiste On The Go Dry Shampoo in Tropical. This travel-sized hair saviour won’t take up too much room and will leave your barnet feeling much better!

Batiste Batiste Dry Shampoo On The Go Tropical 50ml £1.50 Buy Now

Stay sanitised

Festival loos aren’t as bad as you think – they’re worse. We’re not here to sugar-coat the facts, people… we’re preparing you for the inevitable. There are two things you need to remember when you’re heading for the hellhole.

  1. Pack toilet roll, and always take it with you when you make a toilet trip.
  2. Hand san is a MUST! As soon as you’re out, have a squeeze of Superdrug Sensitive Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser Gel, which is great for regular use and will clean your clappers without being too harsh on your skin.
Superdrug Superdrug Sensitive Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser Gel 100ml £1.25 Buy Now

Breath of fresh air

A lot of our routines are compromised at festivals, but there’s one that doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to change… looking after your teeth. The only trade-off you might have to make is switching from a leccy to a manual toothbrush. But there’s no reason you can’t brush and floss twice a day. Once you’re finished, pop your brush in a case to keep it clean.

Fruity Superdrug Fruity Toothbrush Holder White £1.49 Buy Now
Colgate Colgate Extra Clean Medium Toothbrush 3 Pack £1.49 Buy Now
Colgate Colgate Total Advanced Freshening Toothpaste 125ml £2.99 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Pro Care Sensitive Floss 40m £1.99 Buy Now

Stay dry

You’d be surprised at how tempting it is to crawl into your sleeping bag with damp feet and clothes after a day of dancing. This is a massive mistake if you want to stay as clean and hygienic as you can. Bacteria thrive in warm, damp environments, so make sure you’re dry before you snuggle up for beddy-byes.