With festival season looming, we've create the top 5 gadget must-haves this summer. Avoid bringing these with you and your peril!
Nothing beats a weekend away at a festival with friends, summer sunshine and good music. But when your phone runs out of battery and you end up losing your group (which does inevitably happen no matter how hard you try) your outlook can suddenly swing in the other direction. Music festivals are best enjoyed with your friends, so by having a solar charger on hand back at your tent to recharge you and your buddies’ phones each night, you won’t have to worry about losing your mates because your phone is out of battery. And it gets even better! Have you even had to put your phone on airplane mode and opt not to use the camera to ensure you have enough battery for the weekend? It can really retract from the experience when you can’t take photos or videos of special moments for fear of your phone shutting down. Fortunately this is no longer a problem because you can go out partying each day with a full recharged device. And to top it off, that ‘device’ of yours isn’t limited to your phone. Luckily for you, dear reader, the Love Specs Solar Charger (LSSC) is also compatible with BEAMs. In fact one fully charged LSSC will recharge a pair of BEAMs three times over, so that even if it isn’t sunny at all during the festival (50% likely in the UK, just kidding, sort of) you can still go out every night with your light up shoes fully charged. How’s that for a handy festival gadget!
- Wine Rack
One of the few negatives that festivals do unfortunately tend to have has got to be the extortionate price of food and drink in the venue. It’s ridiculous having to pay upwards of £10 for a bottle of mediocre wine when normally it’s £4 in your local Aldi. So wouldn’t it be ideal if you could find a way to stash some alcohol on you somewhere where it won’t be found? This is exactly what the Wine Rack does. It’s essentially a bra with fillable pouches in each bra-cup where you can hide your alcohol. It has a discreet drinking tube that emerges from one side of it so you can subtly take drinks from it whenever you like. And with such a great pun for a name, how could anyone woman (or generously sized man) resist?
- VSSL Flask Light
This handy little device not only helps you to find your pyjamas when you return back from your night in the festival venue thanks to the built-in flashlight, but it also conceals a shoulder of liquid and has two collapsible shot glasses, perfect for helping you rehydrate with alcohol every day. If you’re bringing a classy spirit in to the festival then this is the perfect container for you. Disguised as a flashlight this flask gets straight through security no problem, and because of it is glass-lined, the taste of your beverage remains untainted and as close to its original flavour as possible.
- Windcatcher Airpad 2
In most cases you’d be mad to go to a weekend festival without some sort of bedding support to lie on. A great option is blow-up mattresses because they take up hardly any room when uninflated. Unfortunately they do have a big down-side which is that you have to blow them up in the first place. Now you usually either have to spend half an hour draining your lungs and getting dizzy as you use mouth to mouth on a tiny air valve, or you have to haul a pump of some kind with you to your camp. No longer! The Windcatcher uses new proprietary technology to quickly and easily inflate using just a few breaths of air. And it’s completely hygienic which reduces your risk of post-festival flu by over 50% (probably)! And to top it off, with its 4 inch think cushioning support you couldn’t really ask for a much more comfortable festival bed.
- Treo Camping Chair
One of the best things to do at a festival when you get drinking is to just enjoy the sunshine with a few friends over a couple of beers. Sadly sitting on the ground can be a bit uncomfortable. This is where the Tre Camping Chair comes in. Weighing just over 1kg, this exceptionally comfortable chair can support up to 110kgs, ideal for when all you want to do is relax with beer in-hand and sun on the face. It’s designed to work in any conditions that a festival might throw at you from grass, to mud to sand! It also folds down and compacts in to its own tripod base, so that you can easily take it with you anywhere without it being much of a hassle.