The Best Gadgets and Gear for Surviving Festival Season

By Tom Pritchard on at

June is here, summer is approaching, so you know what that means. That's right, festival (and camping) season is upon us. That fun, fun time of year where people sit in fields, listen to music, and get horrifically drunk to take their mind off the flooded tent they're spending the night in.

Then again, you could always make your tent-bound life easier with some of this gear. It's not quite glamping, but it's going to make life a lot more comfortable.

External Battery Pack, £20

You have to keep your phone charged for many reasons, so make sure you have the tools to keep the power flowing. This one has a 22,400 mAh capacity, which should be more than enough to keep a single phone powered up for an entire weekend. Since it has three USB ports you can help keep your friends topped up as well. Plus, it has a torch which is invaluable in a dark camp site. [Buy it here]

Waterproof Phone Bag, £6

The one thing every festival has too much of is water. Water from the sky, water in the ground, water everywhere. So keep your stuff safe with a waterproof bag. You know, things like your phone, bus/train ticket home, and so on. This one is big enough to keep phablet-sized phones in, and doesn't prevent you from using the touch-screen. [Buy it here]

Solar Charger, £20

Even if you have the external battery pack, you might end up running out of juice. Provided the cloud cover isn't too bad, this gizmo should do you nicely. It's a solar-powered battery pack, capable of storing up to 15,000 mAh of power to charge up your stuff. It's got two USB ports, and can be topped up from the mains via micro USB. [Buy it here]

Waterproof Speakers, £13

Want to keep the tunes going by your tent, even though the live acts are over? Look no further. This Bluetooth speaker is completely waterproof and offers some great sound for your enjoyment. Plus, unlike a lot of waterproof Bluetooth speakers, it's capable of playing music straight from an SD card - so you can save your phone's battery. It only has a six hour battery life, though, so make sure you have your battery packs on standby. [Buy it here]

Cinch Pop-Up Tent, From £150

Tents aren't great. They're cramped, stuffy, and have none of the amenities of a proper house. These pop-up tents from Cinch, however, try and fix some of that. Available with room for two, three, or four people, the Cinch tent has extra compartments for storing your stuff, windows, and two doors to make it easier getting in and out - or to provide a bit more airflow. The best part, though, is that it can be integrated with a solar power pack (sold separately, £90) for charging your gadgets. Plus since it's a pop-up tent it takes barely any time to put together, and folds up into a bag that can be carried on your back. [Buy it here] [Buy the Solar Pack here]

Tripod Stool, £8

You need somewhere to sit that isn't the cold wet ground, but you also need something small and portable. This is probably your best bet. It's only a basic seat, but it's better than nothing. Plus since it folds up you can pick it up and carry it wherever you like. [Buy it here]

Duronic Hurricane Wind-Up 3-in-1 LED Lantern, £16

Light's important in a dark campsite, and this one has all the LED light you could want. It's got a lantern, a torch, and an SOS signal (not that you'll be needing that one). It also has a multi-positional handle that houses a USB port for charging up gadgets (it does say you shouldn't use it on your smartphone, though). The best part is it's all wind-up, so you don't have to worry about running out of juice. [Buy it here]

Wallet Ninja 18-in-1 Multi-tool, £4

You're going to need some tools for bits and pieces here and there, and this handy thing lives inside your wallet/pocket/whatever. There 18 tools in here: a ruler, phone stand, Phillips head screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, letter opener, hole guide, hex head, vegetable peeler, nail puller, can opener, box opener, plus the ever-important bottle and beer openers. [Buy it here]

Biolite Camping Stove, £125

We all know that electricity comes from burning fuel and using that heat to produce power. This camping stove from Biolite uses the heat leftover from your cooking to charge up your gadgets via USB. All you need is wood fuel to get the fire going. It also comes with a flexible USB LED light. [Buy it here]

Cash Stash Keychain, £3

You need your cash, so make sure you don't lose it or let it fall into the hands of thieves. So keep your money (or an emergency fund) safely tucked away inside this keychain. That way you should be able to keep hold of it for the times you need it the most. [Buy it here]

Barocook, £50

Campsites and festivals have all sorts of rules about how you can and can't cook. For fire safety reasons. So why not ditch the flame entirely? Barocook will heat water up to 98 degrees Celsius for up to 30 minutes without the need for a single flame. All you need to do is add a small tea-bag shaped packet to the water and let it do its thing. Just make sure you have enough heating packets to make it through the trip. [Buy it here]

Solar Shower, £8

Campsite showers aren't great, and there's always a chance that there'll be a queue when you get there. If you'd rather skip that you can, with this solar powered shower. It has a capacity of 20 litres, and uses the sun's energy to heat your water and clean you off properly. All you need to do is find a quiet corner of the campsite and make sure you don't get muddy feet. [Buy it here]

Nokia 3310

Make sure you don't end up stranded with a dead phone by taking along a phone that won't run out of juice after half a day. Better yet, take a phone that's practically indestructible and more than capable of surviving the harsh environments of a festival camp site. There's no better option than the Nokia 3310. Not even Thor's hammer could break this thing. [Buy it here]

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