Festival wagons for kids – are they a good idea and which are the best?

Festival wagons for kids – are they a good idea and which are the best?

This summer we have had our first two family camping festivals at Just So Festival and Electric Fields. I have a 3 and 6 year old who both get tired legs easily. I also wanted somewhere where they can nap/sleep or just rest in if we wanted to stay up later to see a band. I’m a big researcher so I started googling festival wagons and I also asked some blogging friends for their experiences. This is what they told me:

Karen from That Lancashire Lass says ‘I use mine to transport the camping gear from the car to the campsite and then to ferry the toddler around in during the festival. We even pad it out with blankets and use it for the little one to sleep in in the tent!’ Karen uses the Ozark below.

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

Photo credit: Karen, That Lancashire Lass

Fellow North East blogger, Cat from Rock and Roll Pussycat says ‘Ours was £35 from Amazon (affiliate link) and it’s a complete must have for festivals and camping with kids. We’ve used it for three years now and it saves so much whinging and stress. They’re handy for tired kids, people that always take far too many things (like me) and setting up camp without breaking your back. You one million percent do not need to pay a fortune for one. Just buy cheap and stick in an old duvet or pillows to pad it out. Buying works out so much cheaper than hiring – the prices are scandalous to hire.’

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

Photo credit: Cat, Rock and roll pussycat

Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures has ‘a yippee yo (affiliate link) it’s fab as from ages 1-6 and you can fit two little ones in. It also has a handy luggage rack on the back.’

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

Photo credit: Ankle biters adventures

Louise from Pink Pear Bear recommends ‘Big wheels! The terrain at festivals is often hilly, bumpy and rugged and the ones with thin wheels struggle. Think off road! Ours is from eBay and had a canopy that goes over the top too, great when there isn’t much shade.’

Vicki from Tippytupps says ‘I took ages picking ours (affiliate link) as I very specifically wanted something that folded flat pack for space, but was also was sturdy enough to last. I also wanted wide wheels on them to make it easier on things like sand and through woods. We add an ikea leaf for shade and lights for fun. So far it’s done festivals with us as well as day trips and even a day out and about in Edinburgh!’ I love her Ikea leaf hack.

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

Photo credit: Tippytupps pimped Trail wagon with Ikea leaf hack

Clare from Wild Mama Wild Tribe advises ‘My best camping advice Following our fail at Camp Bestival is don’t go without one and get the biggest you can afford!’

Jenni from Chilling with Lucas has a great review of the Von Haus wagon.

Erin from Yorkshire Tots says ‘Having your own transporter saves you loads of time queuing to rent one. It was really nice to be able to just pack up and leave when we were ready this year at the festival. I also recommend getting one with good tyres as I borrowed a friend’s for one festival and had a hard time with a semi-flat tyre. The Outwell Cancun Transporter has been great for us. Easy to set up, packs down very small and it’s very sturdy!’

Emma from Not my first rodeo told me ‘Mine are two and four now and I wouldn’t go without one but when they were smaller we preferred just using our Out n About Nipper pushchair (affiliate link) for festivals and wearing the smallest in a sling.’

Becky from the Mummy Adventure says ‘We have a crotec wagon (affiliate link) from amazon that I love. You can put the roof on easily, I can just about squeeze all 4 children in there at once and it has a separate bit at the back for bags.’

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

Photo credit: The Mummy Adventure kids in their Crotec wagon

I’ve just also seen Zoe from Dress Like a Mum using this new Veer gear wagon which looks pretty nifty although it comes with a higher price tag.

What we chose

In the end, we decided to follow Becky’s advice and buy a Crotec Wagon with canopy (affiliate link). We managed to get one from Amazon warehouse for £122 as it had a damaged box but the product itself was fine. We took it to Just So Festival with us and I have to say I was really impressed. The kids were comfortable in it and had a decent amount of room. It’s a bit tight for them to both sleep in though. It was easy to pull and was so helpful for getting the camping gear from the car to the site. My favourite features are it folds flat so takes up less room in the car, the handy basket on the back for storage and the slots for water bottles.

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

My 6 year old relaxing in our Crotec wagon with canopy

A feature I wish it had is a brake but I have since seen that there are versions of this with a break. At Just So Festival we saw many different versions of the Crotec – ones with different types of wheels and breaks etc. So my advice to you is if you choose this one, check your are getting the best version for you.

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

The storage basket on our Crotec wagon is so handy

We also ‘pimped’ our wagon by adding some multi-coloured solar flower lights (affiliate link). They helped us see when using it at night and made it extra special for the kids.

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

My 3 year old asleep at Just So Festival in our Crotec Wagon complete with solar powered fairy lights

Summary

Festival wagons for kids can come in really useful for both transporting your gear from the car to pitch the tent and for kids to use. I’m really pleased we got one as we found it so handy. This list gives you a great range to chose from. We are really pleased with our collapsible Crotec wagon with canopy. Like prams, I would avoid buying any where the wheels can be punctured.

Do you have a wagon? Do you recommend it? Let me know in the comments!

Festival wagons for kids - are they a good idea and which are the best?

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