High-Tech Camping Gear for Camping Music Festivals
By Matee Nuserm
Camping at a music festival isn't exactly the same as roughing it in "The Great Outdoors." Sure you're sleeping under the starry skies, but 'cooking what you catch' is replaced by Breakfast Burritos from the neighboring campsite, 'hiking' means getting from your tent to the festival gate, and your sleeping soundtrack is vibrating bass rather than crickets or a trickling stream.
All reasons why you should take no shame in bringing along some high-tech gear to your next camping festival. You're not becoming one with nature (unless you're at, like, one of those yoga festivals), so you might as well bring a few amenities with you.
This solar-powered, outdoor-ready, weather radio will guarantee you are never without phone, bottle opener, flashlight, or music. Sure the radio capability is meant for off-the-grid emergencies, but the music is what's important at a camping festival - and this radio has precise tuning and optimal reception for AM/FM fans plus an auxiliary input for additional audio devices. The Scorpion runs on both solar and USB power and has a hand crank to self-power the flashlight, radio, and cell phone components. It may look more outdoorsy than a non-camper camper needs, but it'll ensure you're always covered.
The first issue any non-camper faces at a camping music festival is the tent. If you think your first words at a festival will be Where do these poles go? or What are these stakes for? Heimplanet's The Cave Tent is for you. It is small enough to fit in a bag but then inflates with an air pump in under a minute to fit three people - no extra parts needed. The inflatable Diamond Grid creates a structure so stable, it is tested up to winds of 120km/h.
This one sounds like some voodoo shit. The way these mats are weaved creates a one-way sift so sand, dust, and dirt falls through the to the ground below but no particles can permeate the opposite way. Being outdoors for a weekend with the dirt as your floor doesn't mean you have to succumb to sitting on it. Bring along the CGear Sand-Free Mat to pre-game by your campsite or perch on a hill overlooking a stage all while staying dirt-, dust-, and sand-free.
This 2-in-1 espresso machine is for campers who can't imagine a morning without coffee - but will never drink that instant crap. With no battery or electricity needed (just hot water from your camping stove), the Handpresso Wild Hybrid only needs ground espresso coffee or the E.S.E pods for simpler use. Start the day off as fancy as you are.
This isn't the first time we've written about BioLite, but we couldn't help but include it again for high-tech campers specifically. Not only is the CampStove small and simple to use (no fuel needed!), it charges your phone while you use it! You can even purchase as a bundle with a portable grill. Now you can stay connected and have a hot meal.
We're aware we already have a music-playing device on this list, but not a Bluetooth one, and c'mon, who isn't using Bluetooth these days? The Braven BRV-1 Bluetooth Speaker has 2 custom Hi-Fi audio drivers and 6 watt output for high-quality, powerful sound. Plus, it's water resistant in case you leave it out during a brief shower or spill your morning mimosa. What we like best though? These speakers are yet another device that can recharge your USB-compatible portable devices! Instagram away!
We admit, a headlamp isn't the most stylish accessory. Though you'll be singing it's praises after attempting your first middle-of-the-night, flashlight-less trip to the port-a-potties. We're fans of this Petzl NAO Headlamp specifically, however, because of its reactive lighting. Depending on the lighting around you and the distance of what you're looking at, this intelligent little gadget adjusts automatically! Hurray - flattering lighting for all!
It may seem like the opposite of high-tech to use walkie talkies (professionally referred to as two-way radios), but if you're in the middle of nowhere with no service or you let your USB-charging devices fail you, you'll be thanking me for suggesting these bad boys. Keep connected with your festival crew around the campsite and within the festival gates.
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This item may be simple, but it's genius for clumsy campers - or really anyone without nocturnal vision. Replace your tent's ropes with the reflective rope pack and you'll be able to see your tent at night - not only is this useful for identifying your tent amidst the thousands of others, it will prevent you from an embarrassing trip. It's easy to switch out your tent's rope for the 50 visible feet of rope the pack includes.
This list has its fair share of charging devices, but the PowerTrekk is the only with charging as its sole purpose - and you'll geek out at how. Just by adding water and a myFC Puck with salt, you'll have no need for an outlet. The PowerTrekk doesn't store power, it actually produces the electricity you need while you need it! It'll charge any of your USB-compatible consumer devices, like phones, cameras, GoPros, and even GPS units. Their website has a picture of Obama checking it out, so that's a plus too.
Add these gadgets to your shopping list before Sasquatch!, Mysteryland, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Splendour In The Grass, Latitude, or whatever camping festival you're attending this season!
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