Your music festival survival kit

Don't die. Don't let your phone die. Don't break your camera. We might sound like your mum, but you'll thank us later

With Good Vibes happening tomorrow and more coming up soon, we thought we'd assemble a quick list of helpful stuff that'll make your festivals even more awesome.

(Lead image via A Travel Book)

Hydration packs

All that walking and standing in the hot sun (especially in open air Sepang) is bound to leave you gasping. Don't snuff it - keep hydrated with High Sierra’s Wave 70 Hydration Pack (RM109, pictured above) and Hydrapak’s Soquel Hydration Pack (RM199). They’ll help store all the other tat you’re taking along, too.

Hardy Cameras

Don't put your precious smartphone in harm's way - get a tough and sturdy camera to document your festival shenanigans. Cameras like the GoPro Hero 3 (RM1199) or Ion Air Pro HD (RM541, pictured) are sturdy enough to handle all the bumping and grinding that’ll be going on. Plus you’ll get some awesome video while looking like a pro.

Hardy smartphone cases

If you really can’t keep your smarphone in your pocket then at least keep it well protected. A good hardy case will keep it from any dents while you’re moshing out. Otterbox (from RM99) has a good selection of tough cases for the iPhone variety. So does Elementcase (from RM99, pictured above). Better safe than to weep over a cracked screen.

Battery Packs

Face it - your phone isn’t going to last you the entire festival. And we doubt there’ll be any powerpoints nearby. That’s where battery packs are going to show you what they're made of. With all that tweeting going on, you’ll definitely need more juice. About 5000 mAh should do the trick, like with Eneloop’s Mobile Booster (RM199). It will give your phone more than enough power for a whole day of slaving away at social media and calling the friends you've lost in the crowds. 


Shazam and Soundhound

Just can’t seem to place that tune being played? Time to break out one of these apps to identify it. Shazam and Soundhound compare the tunes and lyrics being played with their vast database of music. Once they’ve identified it, they’ll just send it over and voila, you look like you know your stuff. Take note that both apps have a bit of a problem with really loud volumes and live recordings. There’s also a possibility that some of the more local indie acts might not even be in their databases at all. Still they’re good apps to have on hand for any music festival. You'll probably only need one and either one will do just fine.