Scosche goBat II
If you and yours bring tablets to a festival - the electronics type, natch - you're probably going to be faced with a dead battery at some stage. And unless you've ingeniously packed an old brick, your mobile phone is likely to hit rock bottom too.
When cranking a handle for hours is an daunting option, a backup charger provides a less strenuous alternative. If you're at Glastonbury you could always venture down to the Orange tent and give its Sound Charge T-shirt a whirl, although we suspect you won't get very far with it.
So how about a Scosche goBat II? It features a 5000mAh battery which can be used to recharge multiple devices at once. Featuring two charging ports - a 10W connection specifically designed for tablet use, and a 5W option for everything else - the goBat could be just what the doctor ordered in dry times.
Of course, when the charging station is dead, you're doubly screwed and have even more to carry, but at least it'll make your precious pad last that little bit longer.
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Solar Powered Sonic Mosquito Repellent
It's all about the buzz at festivals, as long as we're not talking mozzies. Nothing is worse than waking up after a night of naked debauchery to find yourself fending off hordes of tiny flying vuvezuelas and scratching open any of their landing successes.
Turn your camping area into a no fly zone with this solar-powered sonic mosquito repellent. The plastic handbag-like device emits a low hum which is suposed to detract pesky blood suckers. There's also the odd inclusion of a compass.
Being sonic, the loud environment of a festival may not be the most effective of places, nor is there any scientific evidence to show such devices even work, so don't bug me if you do get bitten.
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....I once brought a set to Glasto a few years back...
No, you TOOK a set.
I can't help it - it's an illness
The best security at Glasto is to go as a group of about 15. Arrive late Wednesday. Find a nice patch towards the top corner of a field (but not so close you get the pissers) and set up your tents in a circle all linked together with cris-cross guy ropes and only one entrance. Set up a pole in the middle with a flashing L.E.D. Get a particularly motherly aunt to come along, who'll mostly stay with the tents, reading, knitting, chatting to similar women (or guys even).
Don't even think about moving off until late Monday afternoon.
Worked for us in 2000 and we had a fantastic stress-free time with no worries, no losses, and no getting lost.
Wouldn't an IR sensor see straight through the flimsy fabric of a tent?
The alarm would be set of by every hippy who stumbled past.
If you need a heated sleeping bag then you must have accidentally gone to bed at night. In which case, why not stay at home with your giant slipper and a nice cup of cocoa and listen to the highlights on Radio 2?
And anybody who takes their own speakers to a festival needs to be dragged out by their short hairs and strung up from the security fence as a warning to others.
With the possible exception of the waterproof bags (99p for a roll of twenty posh bin bags from your local supermarket), all of this stuff is about as festival-friendly as a mohair cardigan and stilleto heels.
No wonder Glastonbury has gone all U2 if this is an indication of the state of today's festival goer.
Festivals and gadgets! noooooooooooooo!
i would never take anything of any real value to a festival! looting is very common. Tent, beer, food, toiletries and some clean cloths. i would never take an iphone or ipad to a festival.... if you are playing on an ipad at a festival you are one boring person! :D
The only gadgets i would use off that list is the waterproof bags, the intruder alarm 2 keep peskie kids out of my beer tent! and that totally awesome tracking thing! i would attach the bug in the bottem of my crate of beer and if it gets rob'd track em down and get my beer back. WIN!
Beer because that all you really need at a festival!