The 8 essential gadgets that festival-goers need in their backpack

You might think that gadgets have no place at a festival. You try to shine your phone’s torch in the air to your favorite song, but oops – the battery’s gone. You stumble back to your tent, tired, ready to snatch a few hours of sleep before it all begins again, but among the sea of ​​nondescript khaki-green canvas, which one is even your tent?

Turns out technology can help you avoid a festival nightmare.

What there is to know

What equipment to bring for a festival?

Festivals are loud – consider bringing earplugs so you can get some sleep. A battery for your electronics is absolutely essential, and I recommend hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Women, a shewee is priceless; lines at the restroom make lines at Universal Studios short.

Are you camping? Make sure you have a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and headlamp. This last point is particularly important as festival tents are densely packed, which means jumping over guy lines after a few beers is an acrobatic feat akin to dodging tripwires a la James Bond.

Now that you know the basic gear to bring to a festival, here’s what I personally recommend for surviving a festival like a pro.

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It’s a shame to wrap up a festival seeing your favorite number with a painful ringing in your ears. Loop Experience earplugs reduce noise while letting you hear everything, just softer. The silicone tips come in four different sizes, and they look great too, so they won’t clash with your jazzy festival outfit.

On the rare occasion when it doesn’t rain at a festival, you’re guaranteed to sweat. The KOODER portable fan not only blows cold air, it also has a misting function to mist your face while you dance. It’s USB rechargeable, lightweight, and lasts up to six hours on a full charge.

Does the party stop at camp? Absolutely not. The JBL Flip 5 portable Bluetooth speaker is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about accidentally taking a beer shower, the battery lasts up to 12 hours and it produces big sound for its size. Something to be aware of: This speaker uses Bluetooth and doesn’t have a headphone jack for audio input.

Maybe LA Gear was right with the light-up shoes, because sneakers that light up come in handy at a festival. DIYJTS light up shoes are USB rechargeable and the battery lasts up to eight hours for dancing the night away. There are eight different color settings, with the last flashing between the other seven colors. I guarantee these shoes will be a conversation starter.

Loading your gear is potentially the biggest challenge at a festival. You risk wasting valuable time waiting to use an outlet and paying through your nose. Picking up a drum set will revolutionize your festival experience. Best of all is one that is solar powered, like the BioLite SolarPanel 10+. The kickstand facilitates positioning on uneven ground, its power is 10 watts in direct sunlight and it only takes an hour to fully charge a smartphone. Corner latches even let you strap it to your backpack to charge in the sun while you dance.

We’ve all dropped hygiene standards at a festival, but after a few days you just stink. Festival showers are often quite weak with long wait times. With the GoSun Flow Pro, no more disco armpits; you can take your shower and sink with you. It’s small enough to fit in a backpack and uses solar power to pump water.

There is a magic remedy for partying all night long: coffee. It’s just a shame you have to queue for it. With the Conqueco Portable Espresso Coffee Machine, you get barista-quality coffee anywhere. It is rechargeable, but it can also connect to your car. It boils water in 8-10 minutes, or you can fill it with hot water directly. And it’s compatible with Starbucks coffee capsules.

The sheer number of people at a festival (and often in remote locations) makes them black holes for network coverage. So how do you find your friends after a bathroom break? The goTenna Mesh pairs with your smartphone and allows you to send text messages and your location when there is no Wi-Fi, or even network coverage. It’s small enough to clip onto keys and has an emergency messaging feature.

Must-have app for festival camping

These are my favorite gadgets for festivals. But there’s another essential every festival-goer should have, and that’s the Tent Finder app.

Finding a unique tent is difficult. Teepees are common, pop-up tents that look like a 70s disco thrown over them are festival uniform; and find a nondescript two-person tent in the dark? Forget. Barre tying a huge flag to your tent – what can you do? Download Boutique Camping Tent Finder is the app you need. Add a photo of where you’ve pitched your tent, navigate using GPS even when there’s no signal with the built-in compass, and share your location with friends.

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