The festival season has come round once again; the obligatory rain clouds are gathering over our skies and the nation’s shops are selling out of wellies, disposable barbeques and pop-up tents.
So how can you ensure that you- or more importantly your mobile phone- survives the knee-deep mud, crazy crowds and utter carnage that often ensues at your favourite festivals?
Here are our top 5 festival survival tips!
Your main concern when taking your phone to a festival is most probably going to be its battery. Smartphones in particular have a less than positive reputation for their battery life, and the last thing that you want when you’re stranded in a field trying to locate your friends is for your mobile phone to have run out of juice.
And with EE’s 4G service being made available at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, you might find your battery dwindling faster than you’d expected.
Although there are often mobile phone charging points located around festival campsites, there are also ways to make your phone battery last longer.
a) Make sure you switch on your phone’s power saving mode. This will essentially turn off any background applications that you’re not using and will probably dim your phone’s screen, to ensure that your phone can last those extra few hours.
If your phone doesn’t have a power-saving mode, simply turn off battery-hungry applications like Bluetooth and system updates, which will drain your phone’s juice without you even realising.
b) If that’s not enough, Vodafone has released a pair of shorts and a sleeping bag which can charge your devices no matter where you are! The hot pants and sleeping bag use thermal energy to give your mobile phone an extra 4 hours of charge when it’s on its last legs. Orange has even developed a pair of wellies that charge your phone using a similar technology!
Another issue when attending a festival with your smartphone in tow is keeping it safe. With thousands of fellow festival-goers traipsing the same campsites and fields, it’s not surprising that so many mobile phones either get stolen or go missing during the course of the weekend.
And while you might try your best not to mysteriously misplace your smartphone, there are ways you can locate it if it is does get lost or stolen.
Apps for Androids and iOS devices are available which can help you find your phone using its GPS signal. Apps like Find my iPhone (as perfectly demonstrated in the latest Hangover III movie) let you log in using a friend’s device to pinpoint exactly where you left your iPhone.
If the device gets stolen, the chances are that the culprit is still in the festival grounds celebrating their new found acquisition, so make sure they don’t get away with it!
There’s nothing more stressful when going to a festival than trying to schedule which bands you all want to see and trying to dash from one venue to another to get there in time.
By downloading the festival’s own app, you can take the organisation for the weekend out of your hands. Apps for festivals such as Download, the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury all allow you to view the line-up, search for particular bands to find out where and when they are playing, as well as being able to create your own personalised schedule which reminders to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the bands you love!
We all know that festivals can be a little rough and ready at times. Whether it’s the carnage of camping, or just the general crowded atmosphere at any set, it’s probably not a bad idea to invest in a protective case.
Smartphones can be flimsy at the best of times; when screens are getting bigger and bodies getting thinner, you can hardly expect your phone to withstand being trod on or dropped when your festival-fuelled exuberance gets a little carried away!
Not only is it wise to get a sturdy case, but it’s also a good idea to get a decent screen protector, in case of those accidental scratches and spills. Or why not kill two birds with one stone and try a power charging case which can give your phone’s battery an extra boost at the same time as keeping it protected?
Last but not least, it’s always a good idea to take a back-up phone with you. Whether your phone has run out of juice, been smashed, or even been lost or stolen, the last thing you need to deal with is losing your friends or not being able to contact your parents to give you a helping hand.
There are plenty of cheap pay-as-you-go handsets, like the Nokia 100 or the Alcatel OT 903, which you can buy for less than £30- they could become your life saver at times of an emergency! And what’s more, a cheap festival phone can double up as a great phone for nights out when you get back home!
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel