The Ultimate Castlefest Packing List

Castlefest is almost here! Are you as excited as we are?

We are happy to help you prepare. For example, we regularly see visitors wondering what to bring when they come to Castlefest. Fortunately, our community already has many tips for this. We have compiled them in into the Ultimate Castlefest Packing List in this blog.

The basics

Whether you are camping or visit Castlefest for a day, the following items are always handy to have with you:

  • Your ticket(s) - On your phone or printed
  • Identity document
  • A bottle to fill at one of the water tap points
  • Leftover tokens from last year - you can exchange these (with a surcharge) for this year's tokens at the manned box office
  • Sound-filtering earplugs - Enjoy your favourite bands all day long, but protect your ears!
  • Debit card (Maestro/V-pay) - to pay at the token machines and a part of the stalls
  • Cash money - Not all stalls have pin machines

More good ideas

  • Powerbank and matching charging cables
  • Medication
  • Wallet/pouch for your tokens
  • Extra (linnen) bag for your purchases - Tip: You can also buy these at the merchandise stand, featuring this year's designs!
  • Will you photograph and have a photo pass? Consider items like business cards or other ways to quickly exchange info with the people you capture.
  • Program booklet - You can buy these at the info stand or you can find them on our website a week before the event and print the pages you need yourself.
  • Sunscreen

Will you be camping?

In that case, you’ll need camping gear. The items below are the basics of a camping kit. If you are going with friends, you can make arrangements about who brings what. That way you all have less stuff to lug around.

Did you book a Castle Cabin or Festitent in addition to your Camping ticket? In that case, you can leave (part of) this list at home.

Camping gear

    • Tent + groundsheet
    • Pegs + hamer
    • Air mattress + pump
    • Blanket + pillow
    • Flashlight

The most important tip from our volunteers is: make sure there are enough layers between you and the ground. If it's cold, you'd rather have an extra blanket underneath you and your airbed than on top of you.

Will you be using the cooking area, you may want to think of the following items:

  • Ingredients for your meals (please mind: glass is not allowed on the campsite, this includes glass jars, bottles or other glass containers)
  • Camping stove - the approved options for this are bottles up to 240 grams with the following systems: the valve cartridge (CV300 & CV470 plus), (piercing) puncture filler (C206).
  • Pots/pans, plates, cutlery
  • Dish soap, dish brush, tea towel


  • Towel
  • Hairbrush
  • Make-up / schmink / product to remove it all
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Eyeglasses case / lenses / lens solution
  • Shampoo and shower gel
  • Waterproof bag to bring with you into the shower stall
  • Slippers for in the shower
  • Soundproof earplugs, for the light sleepers among us


  • Underwear and socks
  • Clothing in which you can set up your tent
  • Enough warm clothes for the evenings and nights - even though it is summer, the temperature can still drop considerably
  • Your costume(s) + accessories

We hope this packing list is a nice guide for anyone unsure what to bring! What items are on your list?

Photo by Christian Vermeulen

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