Get your tech in gear this festival season


Electric Picnic, Roskilde, Longitude, Wacken, Glastonbury. Regardless of the type of music you’re into, there’s a festival for you this summer. Festival experiences are always memorable; rushing between stages to catch your favourite bands, the atmosphere as a whole, and the camp site at night. But if something happens to your technology it can ruin the whole weekend.

But why bring devices to a festival you may ask? Well, devices such as smartphones are just as, if not more, important at a festival as at any other time. Being contactable is obviously a major plus point; you have to be able to find others or be kept informed about acts you must see, while many festivals release dedicated apps to inform festival goers about the schedule. And, of course, selfies are an obligatory part of the experience.

Bringing devices to a festival comes with its own list of requirements and concerns. Naturally, you’ve got to keep everything safe from being crushed and Mother Nature herself, but a device without power isn’t much use to you. Thankfully, there are additional accessories that you can pick up before a festival to ensure that you have an enjoyable time.

You might think we’re being overbearing when it comes to protecting our smartphone, but we live by the motto that it’s better to be safe than sorry. The Survivor iPhone case from Griffin means that your phone will be exactly that no matter what it comes in contact with. Considering it’s been tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defence Standard 810F, it should be more than capable of protecting your phone in a festival environment.

Festivals aren’t really known for being equipped to let people charge their devices, so you need to go prepared. The Mophie Juice Pack Helium battery case for iPhone 5 not only charges your smartphone, but it’ll keep it somewhat protected at the same time. Charge the pack before you go and you should get 80% more battery life from your iPhone 5. If you do find the holy grail of a charging port, you can charge the pack and your phone simultaneously with the included micro-USB cable.

Once you’ve got phone protection and charging taken care of, you can start thinking of other things you might need. A torch is one practical accessory that you can take to ensure that you don’t stub a toe or trip over a tent’s ropes in the dark. The days of needing acoustic guitars at festivals are coming to an end. Now you don’t even need skills to entertain crowds. Simply bring a speaker, like the portable X-mini II Capsule Speaker, hook it up to your smartphone or mp3 player and fulfil requests.

If you’re one of the few who doesn’t share absolutely everything on Facebook and prefer to keep memories to yourself, you may decide to actually invest in a camera rather than letting your smartphone do all the work. It’s somewhat inadvisable to bring an expensive camera with you, but something like the Fuji Instax Digital Camera is affordable, portable, and even prints photos immediately.

Finally, it’s important to stay hydrated when you’re out enjoying yourself. Paying over the odds, and queuing for what seems like an eternity, may not be your idea of a good time. A trusty hip flask may be able to tide you over for a little while at least.

In Short: If you’re planning to take in a festival this summer, there are a few considerations to keep in mind – mainly keeping tech protected and charged.

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