He has dug up his warehouse store to find all the missing pegs, he cannot decide whether to pack sunscreen or Wellington boots, and buy more alcohol than a person can carry, much less consume; That can only mean one thing: The festival season is fine and has really started. If you're like us, you'll be happy to watch a live band, catch up with friends, and drink plenty of genuine western juice, but you won't enjoy being separated from your device.
That is why we have compiled this useful festival survival guide; Follow our tips and you can enjoy music while staying connected to the outside world.
The device that almost all festival visitors cannot leave at home is a smartphone. Perfect for finding friends when you're separated by tens of thousands of people, checking the official festival app for band stage time, or placing markers to help find your tent after a full day of partying, the phone is your life buoy when you're stuck in a field. However, without a place to connect, you won't be far away.
Smartphones are famous for their battery life, which you can barely see for a day, let alone four or five, but there are steps you can take to keep them alive when you're away from electricity.
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Most importantly, don't drain your battery on the way to the festival. Falles Shelter Bethesda can be addictive, but its safe occupants will survive on their own and you'll appreciate having a full charge after setting up your tent. It's also a good idea to turn off Wi-Fi and mobile data, only turning it on when you try to contact friends. Finally, lower the brightness setting as much as possible, but remember that you still need to be able to read the screen (perhaps through sunglasses) when the important WhatsApp message arrives.
More festivals in the UK are sponsored by cell phone networks, so there is a high probability that there is an official charging shop where you can leave your cell phone while receiving the much needed power surge. EE will return to Glastonbury for the third year in a row, with two Power Bar exchange points for customers to exchange EE portable drained chargers for a full one. Vodafone has also been constantly on downloads for several years, with free charging stations to be used by anyone on the network, even though customers of other providers have to pay a small fee. Every time you pick up the phone, your details are recorded, a photo is taken, and you are given a bracelet with a barcode label to make sure that no one else can go with the wrong device.
If you have a smartphone that can't last more than a day on a single charge, check to see if the festival you're attending has the same booth. If so, but you are not on the correct network, it may be cheaper to purchase the payment when you use your SIM card before leaving; Naturally, this will only work with phones that are not SIM locked, so if your phone is locked, you need to pay. It is a much better option than leaving your cell phone with a street vendor or a festival store.
Don't expect cell phone signals to be perfect, because very few festivals are held in the heart of civilization. More and more cell phone providers are installing temporary poles to initiate signal strength, but with so many people in one place, it can still take several hours for text messages to be forwarded. If you need to contact someone right away, it may be best to call them.
It is inevitable that you will eventually run out of battery, especially if your cell phone is also a camera, internet, and MP3 player. IPhone owners can invest in a battery compartment that can add the necessary power when the backup is low. The two most popular are Mophie JuicePack Air (£ 90 from Mobile Fun) and CasePower "EDGE" Powercase (£ 60 from Casehut). Both of them should charge iPhone 6 if it is dead, or double the battery life if you use it when the phone is on.
Things are not so easy if you don't have an iPhone, because there is less battery for Android Windows Telephone receiver. However, there are many portable battery packs that can charge any device with a USB port. If you don't use EE (meaning you can't claim a free power bar), the best is the Samsung 9,000mAh portable charger (£ 60 from Cellular Pleasure) It has two USB ports to charge two devices at the same time, but if you only plan to use it for one phone, you should get up to six full costs. Solar chargers are an option too, but you'll be luckier with this at a foreign festival – you can't guarantee enough sunlight to power your technology in the UK.
In addition to the time of the regiment necessary to see all your favorite bands, your main enemy could be the weather. Summer in England is famous during the festival season, so it makes sense to prepare for all possibilities. Cell phones and digital cameras won't last if you're soaking wet, so investing in a waterproof case would be a good idea. In the past, we've used several waterproof cameras and water-resistant phone cases (starting at £ 16 from Firebox) that completely seals your device from the elements, but allows you to use the phone's touchscreen through the case material, preventing it from being removed every time you want to send text messages or make calls. The Naztech Vault, meanwhile (£ 45 casehut) fits the iPhone 6 a bit more appropriately and built to protect against drops, bumps, and water. It even supports TouchID, so you can unlock your phone with a fingerprint through the case.
If you want to throw a party in your tent, but don't want to drain your smartphone's battery by pulling out the Spotify playlist, you can carry a portable Bluetooth speaker that also acts as a power bank. We're big fans of the Samsung DA-F60, which has a USB port on the back to share power with your smartphone while playing music, but not everyone wants to bring 250 pounds of speakers to the festival: the Native Union Switch (£ 65 from Amazon) and Braven Lux portable wireless speakers (£ 90 from Casehut) have internal batteries that can be shared with the phone and are much cheaper.
Finally, if you bring expensive gadgets to the festival, be sure to store them safely. Verify that they are protected by your insurance, don't leave them unattended in your store and make sure to enter your password key on your smartphone. This way, if the worst happens and your phone is lost or stolen, the information stored on it is protected.