How do I decorate my festival trolley? That’s one of the most common questions I get when people see our chariot of fun at music events. So here is an easy guide
Decorating your festival trolley is mainly about creating a fun, safe space for your kids to hang out as you enjoy the festivals. I have to say we have tried to enjoy festivals without the truck, and the kids found it hard going, and honestly, I was scared we might lose them at points.
However, with our tented party bus, as Theia calls it, the kids are always happy and excited to go to festivals with us. So let’s look at some more decoration ideas for your festival wagon.
We all know festivals get wild, so how about making a safari jeep (source: Festivalkidz.com)? A few pieces of cardboard and several hours of hard graft can see you bring your kid’s dreams to life and rock the festival circuit in style.
The stars are the limit with your festival wagon decor. However, there are some essentials no self-respecting kids’ festival wagon will be without. Think about comfort, rainproofing, sun protection, a portable bed and dining areas, and you will create the best kids’ festival trolley ever.
Let’s look closer at the essential items we should be decorating a child’s festival trolley with:
How Do I Decorate My Festival Trolley Guide
Seating: think comfy cushions or pillows, covers and side curtains (shade and privacy)….this chariot of fun will be a play den, chill-out zone and bed during the long, fun-packed festival days. We used some giant Ikea cushions on the bottom (Emily says it’s her cloud bed!) and then an old sleeping bag to cover. The side curtains were an old shower curtain cut up and hung…can be slid back and is rainproof.
Raincover: We all want a sunny festival, but we know the great British weather sucks, so a waterproof festival trolley is essential. We had a canopy on our model (we pimped the Vevor folding festival trolley), So we covered it in the same shower curtain we used for the side, overlapping it and cutting scalloped edges for cuteness!
Another idea for a great rain over is to find a small beach tent and fit it within the body of the folding trolley. Look for a beach tent with SPF 50; you will have added sun protection for your little ones. We also take a large golf umbrella in the travel trolley in case of storms.
For the best folding trolleys with canopy, check our review page.
Drink Holder/ Cool Box: We are all about hydration and healthy snacks at festivals, and having an onboard cool box for drinks and snacks is great. Both my kids think they are the bosses of food, so we get rows but also save the ‘mummmmmmm can I have’ every five moments as they can self-serve!
We love the Campingaz MiniMaxi Coolbox…super cute! We do also use the very cool and detachable Kinderwagon Cooler Bag Set. These are links for our in-depth review pages on food containers, hydro drink flasks and cool bag rucksacks for more ideas.
Extra bag: You want to keep things handy like loo roll, hand sanitiser, facemasks and ear defenders etc., so an extra attachable bag is convenient. We got a picnic backpack and fashioned attachments to the trolley (so kids have plates, too.
FESTIVAL TROLLEY DECORATION IDEAS: When it comes to how do I decorate my festival trolley think flowers, think hippy fun and think fairies and sparkles and lights is our brief every year. We don’t want leaky batteries on our festival trolley, so we use fairy solar lights like these every time.
And if you don’t have enough ideas for decorating a festival trolley yet, hit up Google. There are heaps of unique ideas; look at this incredible design of a mini gipsy wagon we opened the blog with. That idea came from a great blog on folding trolley decorations by pennywisemum.co.uk.