Rocking The Daisies Essentials

Emma-Jane Nation shares her long list of glamping must-haves

Pics and words by Emma-Jane Nation

It's only 10 sleeps to go until Rocking The Daisies. If you're freaking out because all you have is your ticket, I'm here to help you with a check list of all the essential items you may need! 

Festivals are really not as glamorous as they seem. You see all these beautiful, fresh-faced, Coachella girls in their crop tops and denim cut-offs looking as cool as a cucumber... but the reality is that those pictures are definitely taken at the beginning of the day (and probably the beginning of the festival).

You're most likely going to be camping, it's going to be hot, cold, the loo queues are going to be long and you'll be hungry or thirsty 80% of the time (dancing burns a lot of water and calories!).

To stave off any feelings of grumpiness, make sure you pack all these essentials:

The essentials 

Bring a day pack (back pack or cross-body bag) to pack all of these must-have items:

  1. Sunscreen. Do try to get some colour, just don't make the mistake of getting horribly burnt on the first day! The rest of the weekend won't be that fun.
  2. A hat that covers your whole face.
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Extra Layers eg. jacket and scarf are nice to have when it starts getting a little chilly. They're also great to sit on!
  5. A water bottle. Stay hydrated and keep filling it up when you see a tap!
  6. A mini fan (to keep you cool between shows).
  7. A power bank or portable charger – try to get one that will charge your phone to 100% twice – and remember your cable.
  8. Deodorant. To keep you smelling fresh!
  9. Wet wipes and hand sanitiser (you won't always have access to a tap).
  10. Snacks (Festival food can be super expensive, so pack some nosh for the in between).
  11. Cash for drinks and food (also download Snapscan if you don't feel like carrying a lot of cash around).
  12. Mini first aid kit (just in case).
  13. A camera!


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Style & Beauty

  1. Head gear. Again a hat that covers your whole face, sunglasses (bring a spare just in case) and a beanie for when the temps drop low at night.
  2. Loose-fit, breezy clothes for the day. I love this white two-piece from Neon Rose.
  3. Denim is always a winner at a festival (shorts, skirts, jackets). You can wear them everyday and they still look great!
  4. A bikini/costume if you feel like taking a dip in the dam.
  5. Extra layers. The Cape weather is very unpredictable so make sure you have a parka jacket and a scarf (these will also be great to sit on throughout the day as mentioned above).
  6. Fake tattoos if you don't have any real ones.
  7. Boots / Sneakers - shoes that won't make you hate your life.
  8. Dry shampoo. A true festival lifesaver.
  9. Hair elastics
  10. Lip ice
  11. Brush
  12. Soap
  13. Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  14. Face wipes
  15. Mini Mirror
  16. Towel

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Don't forget:

  1. Your tent, tent pegs and hammer.
  2. Mattress, pillows and sleeping bag.
  3. Chairs
  4. Camping table
  5. Torch
  6. Gas burner
  7. Camping cooking set (something compact and portable).
  8. Mugs
  9. Camping cutlery and crockery.
  10. A bucket (to wash up).
  11. Matches
  12. Coffee
  13. Flask
  14. Eggs for an easy breakfast.
  15. Easy food that will keep over the weekend.
  16. Cooler box with ice and drinks (you will end up buying a lot of food and drinks at the festival but it's great to have your own stash back at the tent).
  17. Flags – a little tent decoration never hurt anybody, and they'll help you find your tent in the sea of tents later on.

And lastly just enjoy the weekend, the music, the vibe, the people and the food. Festivals are so much fun, especially when you stop caring what you look like or what the weather is doing.

Have fun and see you there!


Check out Emma-Jane's blog here.