10 must-have gadgets for the festival-going tech addict
Published 13/07/2015 | 14:16
Heading to a festival this summer and dreading the thought of leaving your precious technology behind? Fear not as we have compiled a list of the must-have gadgets to help you stay online even at the most removed of festivals.
1. Solar Powered Speaker
Not only is the Soulra Rugged Rukus speaker powered by sunlight (5 hours = 8 hour play) but it can also charge your phone. All from the power of the sun (provided you get some, that is!) Play your music via bluetooth or plug your phone via the aux-in to save battery.
Two birds, one stone! The Eton Rugged Rukus option is water resistant and can be hung from tent pegs by the specially-designed handles.
The Soulra Rugged Rukus option is also drop-proof.
Options: Eton Rukus Portable Bluetooth Solar Powered Wireless Speaker, Rock Out 2 Solar Rechargeable Speaker, Devotec Solar Sound TM.
2. j25 Jacket
Retailing around the same price as a Jack Jones or North Face jacket, he aptly-named j25 got it's name because you can fit 25 pieces of technology in it's numerous pockets, ensuring you have every gadget you could ever need on you at all times.
At the very least, nobody will be stealing your tech from your tent, and it's waterproof to ensure safety from rain and/or spillage.
It has touch sensitive pockets for smartphones and you can remove the hood and sleeves to turn it into a 23-device bodywarmer.
3. Waterproof, drop -proof phone case
Waterproof and drop-proof cases are key for protecting your phone from all that a festival will inevitably throw at it.
Options: Lifeproof, Otterbox, Incipio Atlas, Griffin Survivor.
4. Notebook BBQ
This tiny chrome BBQ might be the epitome of festival luxury on a budget. Currently on sale on Amazon for £20, down from £25. Not technically a gadget but more of a quirky lifeline for hungry festival-goers.
5. Flat Dry Bag
Mind all your tech with a bag that keeps everything bone dry, no matter the weather. Just don't sit on it when it's full of tech - it's not unbreakable.
Options: Overboard, Flat Vision, Dry Bags TM.
6. Walkie Talkies.
Download all the walkie-talkie apps you want but your phone will, at some point (unless you've bought a solar-powered charger) die. Make sure that you can stay in touch with your group by bringing along some old-school walkie-talkies.
7. Wireless Flash Drive
Filled your phone and need to free up space for new pics? Look no further than a wireless flash drive, which allows you to back up your photos onto the drive via bluetooth, leaving your phone free and breezy for another round of tent selfies.
Options: Sandisk, AirStash.
8. LED belt buckle
Never get lost at a festival again with this light-up LED belt buckle. Worst case scenario, set it to read your tent number or your emergency contact number and ensure that anyone coming to help you will know exactly where you belong.
9. Polaroid cube
Selfie sticks have been banned from most festivals but outsmart them all with this tiny camera from Polaroid. The GoPro-eqsue camera offers waterproof cases - to protect from spills or drops in the mud - and the magnet on the bottom means you can stick your camera to various railings and metal fixings in order to get the perfect selfie. There's even a 'bumper pendant' so you can wear the tiny camera around your neck without worrying about damaging it.
Options: Polaroid Cube, GoPro, TomTom Action Camera.
10. External Batter(ies)
When all else fails, return to the tried and tested method. If you charge a couple of external battery packs before the festival and keep them in your bag, you should be able to get your phone to last the three days. In this case, the more of these the merrier as they are often limited to an 80% recharge.