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10 essential apps for festival survival
Ah summer festivals, the perfect excuse to ditch the bad habits of city living and get back to nature for a long weekend. Cast your smartphone aside, retreat to a forest or field in the middle of nowhere and feel that fresh air in your lungs. Doesn’t it make you feel ALIVE?
Oh wait, there’s free WiFi hotspots and charging stations? In which case, forget everything we just said. Here are 10 apps that you need to survive a weekend away from civilisation.
1. Tent Finder
It might seem unnecessary when you first arrive on site, but try stumbling back to your campsite in the dark and recognising your tent when they all look EXACTLY the same. Unless you have one of these, of course.
Download for iOS
2. Festival Ready
It’s the night before the festival and you’re panicking that you’ve forgotten something. You can do worse than downloading Festival Ready, a catch-all app of handy festival helpers including weather, navigation, tips and tools
You arrived at the festival with such expectations, and within a few hours found yourself sitting alone next to a smelly porter loo. Keep your friends close (and your enemies well away from you) with Find My Friends.
Download for iOS
4. Battery Doctor
For everything that we love about modern smartphones, that battery just won’t last like your old Nokia 3310. Keep on top of it with Battery Doctor, and ensure those energy-draining apps are closed when not in use.
5. Change4Life drinks tracker
Festivals are the one place on earth you can start your day with a beer and not attract concerned looks from the neighbours. We’re not going to stop you, but do download Change4Life’s drinks tracker and try and stay on top of it.
As well as keeping your alcohol intake under control, it’s important to keep hydrated during long summer days. WaterIn is a simple app, but its gentle reminders to drink more water could be invaluable on a hot day.
7. Red Cross First Aid
We hope you don’t need this one, we really do. But accidents happen at festivals so it’s good to prepare for the worst. Red Cross First Aid is on hand to offer step-by-step instructions to keep you safe in an emergency.
Just because the bands finish at 11pm, it doesn’t mean that the music has to. Fire up Spotify back at your campsite and pick from over 20 million songs to keep the party going.
9. Photaf Panorama
Bring another dimension to your festival photos with Photaf Panorama. Sometimes a basic photograph doesn’t really do the experience justice, but this app’s stunning 360 degree shots will help keep your memories alive.
Download for Android
10. Yahoo! Weather
It’s Sunday afternoon, you’re still hungover and one of your favourite bands has just pulled out – well, at least it’s not raining? Better check Yahoo! Weather, because if that storm is heading your way it may be time to start looking up train times.