The essential summer festival tech

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Sun, sea, and sand. Those are just three of the things you won't see at any great British music festival.

What we're treated to instead is a cacophony of alcohol, sweat, mud, rain, and iconic acts culminating in unforgettable nights and maybe even a few regrettable mornings.

Whether you're heading to Glastonbury, Creamfields, Reading, or - whisper it - V Festival (only kidding), we guarantee you're in for one hell of a ride. We also guarantee you'll forget something of the utmost importance as you rush to pack because you left it til the last minute. It's inevitable, but as long as you don't forget any of the essentials, not a deal-breaker.

With that in mind, we've put together a list of must-have festival tech that you shouldn't be without. So before you jump aboard the hype train and leave rationality and reason behind, double check our list and make sure you're all set for the fun ahead.

RAVPower Waterproof Solar Charger

Power is a rare commodity at festivals, and unless you're going off the grid completely like the revellers of old, you'll want to make sure you can charge your phone and other gadgets without having to fork out on a locker or visit one of the criminally overcrowded charge stations.

The solution, then, is to bring a power brick of your own. And when it comes to festivals, there's no better choice than the RAVPower Waterproof Solar Charger; a solar-powered portable charger that utilises the sun's rays to top up your smartphones and tablets.

That alone makes it better than other standard power bricks, which will inevitably run dry over the long weekend. With the RAVPower, as long as the sun is shining, or at the very least hanging out behind some clouds, you'll be able to charge to your heart's content.

UCO Arka 3 in 1 Rechargeable LED Lantern & USB Charger

Let there be light! That's what you'll be declaring when the sun goes down and the Nightman cometh. Just like Lionel Richie, we're betting you'll be keeping the party going all night long, but how can you dance like a maniac when you can’t see your own feet?

Sure, you could groove in the dark like a manic owl, or you could pick up the UCO Arka 3; a rechargeable, collapsible and waterproof lantern that also doubles as a handheld flashlight. But wait, there's more. Because the Arka 3 also sports a USB port so you can charge your favourite device on the go. Win-win.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker

Music. It's what festivals are all about, but how will you blast out your favourite tunes when the headliners are tucked up in bed and you're still high on sweet, sweet life?

Well my friend, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom bluetooth speaker might be the answer to your prayers. First of all, it's waterproof, which means you'll be able to play DJ come rain or shine. Secondly, it actually packs a pretty mean punch, and for the price is one of the best sounding bluetooth speakers on the market.

So, if you're after a durable all-rounder that won't slump in festival conditions, look no further than the Wonderboom.

AUKEY iPhone Camera Lens

Festivals are veritable hunting grounds for Snapchatters, Instagrammers, and budding photographers of all shapes and sizes. Yet as great as today's smartphone cameras are, they're sorely lacking in variety. And that's the spice of life.

Still, unless you want to lug a top-notch DSLR and a smorgasbord of pricey lenses around, you might feel as if your smartphone is your only option. Well, guess what? That's a-okay. Especially if you pick up a set of Aukey iPhone Cameras Lenses.

Aukey's 3-in-1 kit serves up three unique lenses to help you to take more professional, dynamic photos. Packing a 180 degree fisheye lens, a 110 degree wide-angle lens, and a 10x macro lens, the portable kit will give you the ability to capture that perfect shot. Just clip it on, and snap away.

Tile Slim - Phone Finder. Wallet Finder. Item Finder

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go! That right there, is some tip top advice from the one and only Marshall Mathers. But while you better lose yourself in the music, you might also want to make sure you don't lose your phone, wallet, or keys while you're tearing it up.

That's easier said than done, we know. After all, pockets weren't designed to cope with people who bounce around festivals like spring-loaded slinkies. Fortunately for those people (that's you by the way), the Tile Slim exists.

An affordable, unbelievably slim bluetooth tracker, the Tile Slim can be slid, tucked or attached to almost anything, and can be tracked using a companion smartphone app. It's the ideal solution for anyone who's worried about leaving valuables at their campsite or losing something (dignity aside) in the crowd. Thank us later.

Chris Kerr is a blogger with an interest in all things tech. From gadgets to gaming, he is always on the look-out for the next big thing. When not testing the latest FPS or RPG, he can be found watching Sean Bean films and contributing to publications including Gamasutra, Stuff and IB Times. Find out more at http://www.chriskerrwriter.com/.

 

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