If you are in the Royal Enclosure, you will have plenty of cover if the weather is wet. Otherwise, there is very little.
If the forecast is for rain, think about umbrellas (a big golf umbrella or small expanding ones which you can put in a small backpack). Also think about your feet. Maybe not such a problem for men, but for women in high heels... Put "something sensible" in the backpack just in case.
As an aside, the backpack will be useful for carrying all your winnings.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Many people have picnics in the carpark before the racing starts. I was astonished by the degree of sophistication and preparation. Gazebos, folding chairs...you name it. I was half expecting to see someone with a patio heater or chemical toilet.
Having flown in for the event, and just having a rented car, we felt quite the poor relatives sitting in the car with our Marks & Spencer sushi (roof up, due to uncertain weather.)
Next year we'll be better prepared. Anyone know if you can take a gazebo on the plane as hand luggage?
I think the most stylish & impressive lady in this picture is the girl in the long overblouse & trousers. She's made the effort, I notice the matching hat (elaborate & stylish, but not OTT), shoes (not plain, but not excessively high-heeled or tarty) & classy Chanel-esque bag.
Sorry women in the short skirts, they do nothing for you & I'm not keen on the long jacket/ short skirt combination.
Photo Equipment: 1996 Ascot pictures taken with a 1990 Sigma 35mm compact with Kodak Gold 100-5 colour print film.
Here are a few suggestions from the punters about what to wear.
Hats are very popular, but not compulsory for ladies.
Gents do not have to wear a morning suit & top-hat, but it's a popular look. Jacket/suit, shirt & tie is equally acceptable.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilets & first-aiders are at the venue.
Photo Equipment: The 1995 pictures were taken with a Sigma 35mm compact camera & Kodak Ektar 100-3 film.