5 essential festival gadgets and accessories

If you’re off to a festival this summer, go with the latest mobile tech...
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5 essential festival gadgets and accessories

Festival season is about to kick off soon, so now’s the time to start getting prepared. Whether you’re going along with the throng to Glastonbury, or rocking up at small boutique festival, here’s some mobile tech you should definitely think about sticking in your backpack.

Get ready for your close-up

You’re going to see a lot of selfie sticks at UK festivals this year, and we say if you can’t beat them join them. For group-selfies with your new festival best mates, or solo hilltop selfies with a sea of tents stretched out behind you, it’s a no-brainer - you need to join the selfie-stick brigade.

The Kitvision selfie stick has an inbuilt extension pole that stretches out to over 3-feet, so you’ll be able to take amazing shots from all sorts of angles.

Buy a Kitvision selfie stick here.

Your unstoppable dance tracker

If you’re interested in monitoring the fitness benefits of all that dancing and walking you do during a festival, the Fitbit Flex Activity and Sleep Wristband is hard to beat.

It’ll show you how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned, and it’ll even track your sleep (if you manage to get any, that is).

The Fitbit Flex fits snugly around your wrist, so you needn’t worry about losing it. It’s got a handy silent alarm that vibrates to wake you up, it last for five days on a single charge, and it’s also sweat, rain and splash proof.

Buy a Fitbit Flex Activity and Sleep Wristband here.

Party on with your own mini-speaker

When the last band of the evening leaves the stage, the music doesn’t have to stop. With your smartphone and a portable wireless speaker, you can keep the party going outside your tent long into the night.

We’ve got a fantastic list of the very best portable speakers here.

Keep on running

Most festivals have places to charge your phone, but that can sometimes mean joining a long queue. For that reason, we think it makes sense to pack your own mobile charger - just to be on the safe side.

We’ve got Kit power banks in three different sizes at Carphone Warehouse. They’re compatible with any smartphone that charges through a USB cable, so you can carry all the extra power you need. Choose from 4,000mAh, 6,000mAh or the daddy of them all – a 10,000mAh power bank.

Your festival-proof phone

You know how messy festivals can get, so is it really a good idea to take your shiny new top of the range smartphone along? If it gets lost or damaged it could end up costing you big time, so why not consider taking a backup phone?

We gave you some suggestions for the best festival phones this time last year. And even though a year is long time in the mobile world, we’re sticking with our recommendations.

You really can’t go far wrong with the Nokia 105. It’s cheap as chips to buy a SIM free version, so you can slot your SIM card into it and keep your number. Its battery lasts for days, so you don’t have to worry about hunting for somewhere to charge it. It’s also got a dust and splash resistant keyboard, and some handy festival-friendly features including a torch, speaking clock and programmable alarm.

Buy a SIM free Nokia 105 phone here.

Are you planning on hitting a festival this year? What sort of mobile tech will you be taking along? Comment below if you’ve got any good tips to share.

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