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Festival Gadgets 2024: These are the things you should have with you

Festival Gadgets 2024: These are the things you should have with you

After the festival is before the festival: This year, too, music lovers of different genres can look forward to a colorful potpourri of first-class concerts across Germany. Whether it’s Hurricane, Lollapalooza or Rock am Ring – with the right festival gadgets, you’ll be prepared for everything that’s important.

As beautiful as a multi-day outdoor concert marathon may be, every festival also has its pitfalls – caused by limited hygiene, a lot of noise, changeable weather or, in other words, little comfort. It doesn’t take much to enjoy the time to the fullest despite all the restrictions. You just need to know which gadgets are indispensable at a festival. Below we present a small selection that our author (after ten years of festival experience) would recommend to every open-air concert-goer.

1. Solar power bank

If there is one thing that is missing at festivals, it is free power outlets. However, as most events last several days, the mobile phone can only be charged via an external battery – i.e. a mobile – can be charged several times. However, since these capacities are also limited, it is advisable to have a portable to choose: In this case, you simply use the power of the sun to recharge the power bank. You can then use your smartphone as usual and remain mobile at all times (assuming you have reception on the festival grounds at all).

2. Music hearing protection

Unfortunately, our author discovered this only after her active festival time, but swears by it nonetheless – after all, it can also be used at any “normal” concert: These are special earplugs that dampen the noise, but still preserve the ambient sounds in the same sound quality. In other words, you can still hear your favorite band at a healthy volume. If, on the other hand, you want to have some peace and quiet at night (spoiler: festivals are loud 24/7), you should go for normal Unless you are a deep sleeper and can block out all noise.

3. LED camping lamp

Even though the lights remain on throughout the festival grounds, it gets really dark at times on the campsites (depending on the location) – especially in the tents, but also in the sanitary facilities, which become increasingly dirtier over time. If you don’t want to keep using your mobile phone light and drain the battery, you can rely on practical These can be attached anywhere with a snap hook and will light your way in the darkest hours (using batteries).

4. Solar shower

Yes, there are showers on the festival grounds. What many people don’t know, however, is that sometimes the water is too cold – or too hot. Or there are already meter-long queues in the early hours of the morning, so you’ll only get to enjoy the fresh water with a bit of luck. Apart from that, there are not always individual cubicles, but also communal showers for men and women. It is much easier and easier to plan if you simply bring your own (including hose). This heats up with the power of the sun and holds 20 liters: enough water to wash yourself with.

5. Air mattress (self-inflating)

If you don’t travel by car, you are forced to carry all your camping equipment to the campsite. In order to take as little luggage as possible, our author recommends a . It can be folded up very small and still offers more comfort than a thin sleeping mat. In addition, you do not have to carry an air pump with you to inflate the mattress. There are different models with different thicknesses: 60 centimeters is the cheapest, offer even more comfort. Of course, there are also matching .

6. Bottle holder

You might think that festival-goers are able to simply hold their cups with their hands – but that’s far from the case. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to lose, spill or forget your drink. In addition, the prices for water and soft drinks on the festival grounds are usually just as high as for alcoholic drinks, so you’d be well advised to take your own drinks with you to the concerts. In order to have your hands free while dancing and still not have to die of thirst, a practical There are simple models or even unusual ones made of .

7. Rubber boots

It was not without reason that a headline in recent years was “Hurricane over Scheeßel” after the festival was surprised by a storm and literally flooded. In fact, it was not the first time that open-air events such as the Hurricane or were accompanied by torrential rain showers – and the concert meadows turned into muddy fields. For this reason, one of the most important items that festival-goers should always have with them. Alternatively, there are also that you can wear over your regular shoes.

8. Towel (quick-drying)

As nice as a normal terry towel is, it still takes up a lot of space in your backpack. A that can be folded up very small – and what’s more, it dries much faster in the fresh air. This advantage is particularly useful on rainy days when the humidity is so high that a normal towel would only dry very slowly or not at all. But if we’re honest, personal hygiene is not at the top of the list for most festival-goers anyway. A small towel is still better than no towel at all.

9. Rain poncho

You are probably wondering why a is better suited to a festival than a rain jacket. Clearly, it is not. But: Unlike a (warm) jacket, the poncho can be folded up to a minimum and can be easily stowed in any bag or backpack. The fact is that the weather at festivals is usually so changeable that you should be prepared for anything: rain and sunshine, heat and cold. Since the poncho is one size fits all, you can wear it over your normal clothes (including your backpack), so you are always on the safe side.

10. Water bottles (foldable)

There is plenty of drinking water on the festival grounds, but it is pointless (and doesn’t save much space in your backpack) to always carry an empty bottle with you. with a capacity of 500 milliliters. These can be easily stored in any bag and filled with water or other drinks whenever needed. This set contains four different colors. And of course the BPA-free bottles are also reusable.

More information can be found here.

Source: Stern

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