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Stocking up on festival tech can be a costly affair, especially after selling your house to buy your Glasto ticket. Sometimes the more affordable and sensible solution is to invest in a few waterproof cases.

Whether it's a splashproof iPhone skin or protective camera bag, there's always a cheap fix out there somewhere.

Overboard offers a range of simple cases to slip into, from iPads and iPhones to zoom lens cameras. Although they seem like sandwich bags on steroids, the cases all float if dropped in water and will successfully prevent your valuables, as well as any important papers, from getting soggy.

Obviously buying a stack of cases can also add up financially, so why not just keep most of it in one safe place? While there are plenty of other sized options available, the Waterproof Backpack Dry Tube is a 60 litre floatable bag that'll keep your gaggle of gear protected.

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X-Mini Happy

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After a long day of trenching from stage to stage and joining circles of bongo bashers, a tent can feel eerily quiet. The overpowering sound of morning bird calls can easily get on your nerves too, and the last thing you want to do is start winding up a crank-powered radio.

The X-Mini Happy may not survive a monsoon, but an all-in-one MP3/speaker combo is ideal for the campsite. I've taken the X-Mini to festivals in the past and the convenient size and booming sound makes it an ideal musical companion.

Although there's no display, the X-Mini Happy comes with a removable 2GB SD card for direct music playback, but can also be used a powerful speaker, maximising battery life.

If like me, all of your friends bought one after reading my MP3 player roundup, you can join forces connecting a group of X-Minis in a daisy chain. Boom biddy bye bye. ®

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