TrustedReviews has rounded up the ultimate list of festival essentials for summer 2017. If you’re heading off to Reading, Glasto, or you’ve just got a fun camping trip coming up, you can’t afford to miss out on these must-have items.
Festival season is well and truly upon us, so it’s high time you started crossing those Glastonbury essentials off that long-avoided checklist.
We’ve tested tonnes of tech – from portable speakers, sleeping bags, ebook readers and more – to make sure you won’t be bringing any untrusted tat with you on your travels.
You can also check out our sister site NME’s Glastonbury coverage below:
Aukey QuickCharge 2.0
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- 16,000mAh capacity
- Quick Charge 2.0
- Micro USB cable
- USB Type-C cable
- USB ports
The only charging pack you’ll need for a weekend away
Plenty of festivals are now offering mobile charging stations, but why rely on those when you can lug some portable power around in your pocket? Our top pick is the Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 Powerbank.
This solid contender was recommended by none other than our Mobile Editor Max Parker, who was most impressed by the power bank’s capacity. That’s because the Aukey Quick Charge stores an incredible 16,000mAh, which is far more than your average mobile charging pack.
To put that figure into perspective, 16,000mAh is enough to recharge your iPhone about six times, or an iPad twice.
But the pack also boasts Quick Charge Charge 2.0 technology, so you can fill up a compatible Android phone to 75% charge in as little as 30 minutes. The pack comes with Micro USB and USB Type-C cables, but a Lightning USB cable for your iPhone will work too. At £24, this is a steal.
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Alternatives: For even more power, consider the Anker PowerCore+, which boasts a hefty 20,100mAh capacity for £45.
Dark Sky weather app
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- Rain notifications
- Weekly weather forecast
- Weather map tracking
- Detailed rain information
- Hyper-local weather forecasting
Master the elements with this rain-dodging weather app
There’s no shortage of weather apps on your Apple or Android smartphone, which makes it tough to separate the wheat from the chaff. Firmly in the wheat camp, however, is Dark Sky – available on all good mobile operating systems.
Dark Sky’s big feature is its uncanny ability to tell you exactly when it will rain where you’re standing at a given time. That’s useful for anyone who will, say, be spending a weekend in a field.
Related: Best weather apps
You can get notifications alerting you when precipitation is due, as well as the sort of shower you can expect. There’s even a Map view that lets you travel backwards and forwards through time to see how a weather event is/was developing.
The good news is that Dark Sky also does the usual weekly weather forecasting too, so you’ll have no bother making this your go-to weather app.
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Alternatives: We’re also quite fond of AccuWeather, which is free on iOS and Android. It offers hourly, daily, and 15-day forecasts, as well as a MinuteCast feature that gives you two-minute hyper-local forecasts based on your GPS data.
Pocket reading app
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- Save articles
- Save videos
- Share directly from browser
- Share from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse
- Works on iOS and Android
Never run out of reading material with the Pocket app
With every festival comes the inevitable downtime: the long, congested slogs along Britain’s motorways or on a train carriage, or first thing in the morning before the music kicks off. When there’s nothing to do but wait, try Pocket.
Pocket is an app that lets you save online content to read offline later on. It’s great for anyone who has to go without signal for a while i.e. visitors to the countryside with tens of thousands of mobile-using music fans. It’s also useful for saving long articles that you might not have time to read immediately, but want to tuck into later on.
Once you get into the habit of sending content you like to Pocket, you’ll eventually end up with a massive roster of must-reads. But Pocket also recommends quality articles for you to save too, so you don’t have to start off with empty coffers. Better still, the app is free to download.
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Vango Ultralite Pro 300 sleeping bag
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- 4T synthetic insulation
- Structured hood design
- Insulated shoulder baffle
- Two-way auto-lock zip
- Internal pocket
- 4-strap compression stuffsack
Upgrade your sleeping situation with this great value bag
British weather can be unpredictable even in the summer months, so even (read: especially) if you’ve got a rubbish tent, you’ll want a decent sleeping bag to keep you cosy at night.
With the Vango Ultralite Pro 300, you’ll be the envy of your mates. Sure it costs £90, but it’s a million miles better than those unbranded bags that your friends spent their last fivers on.
For a start, it’s a 3-4 season certified bag, and boasts an impressive suggested-use range of 15 degrees Celcius right down to minus-six degrees Celcius. It’s lightweight at just over a kilogram, and features a mummy design that you can tuck right into, shutting out the noise around you.
One of the big perks is the bag’s inner material, which is made of a synthetic rather than cotton. This means that if you’re someone who tosses and turns, you’ll be able to move freely inside the bag, rather than it getting caught up and twisting with you. For the price, this bag is brilliant value for money.
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If you’re looking to spend less, consider the Vango Cadair 250, which currently sells for under £30 on Amazon. It’s not as warm or slickly designed as the Ultralite Pro 300, but it’s great value.
Another popular choice is the North Face Lynx, which is a quality sleeping bag, but is far less compelling than the Ultralite Pro 300 thanks to its £130 price tag.