Seven useful gadgets and bits of kit for music festivals

Outdoor festivals are sometimes just as much about survival as they are about music, so with Fuji Rock in Japan kicking off this weekend, here’s our list of clever gear you should think about taking to your next big event

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 July, 2017, 12:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 July, 2017, 12:41pm

SitPack compact collapsible seat

Standing up all day is not good for your back, so sit down whenever you want with this handy beer-can-sized device (HK$427). It contains an extendable telescopic tube that can be adjusted for height, with the sides of the “can” folding over to create a seat that can be used anywhere. Available at

LeEco Super Power Bank

Capturing the sights and sounds of the festival can take its toll on your smartphone, so best pack a portable battery charger. There are some great value deals out there; the LeEco Super Power Bank (HK$119), for example, contains a 13,400mAh battery for recharging a flat smartphone two or three times over. Available at

Motorola T8 Walkie Talkie

Big crowds usually mean zero bandwidth, so if you’re planning to meet up with friends on-site, relying on your smartphone could be a mistake. A walkie-talkie such as Motorola’s T8 (HK$398 for one) is a simple solution – just remember to buy two. Available at

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

You don’t want to be carrying much around with you at a festival, but an extra layer for rain or warmth can come in useful. This super-light storm shell (HK$1,240) designed for trail runners weighs only 174g and is compressible to the size of a granola bar. Available at

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack

Weighing just 68g when clipped to your belt, the Ultra-Sil (HK$299) unfurls into a strong and endlessly useful emergency day pack. It’s an outdoors staple, so almost all outdoor shops stock it. Available at

N-Rit Super Dry Towel

When it comes to personal accessories, keep it ultra-light. This tiny, yet quick-drying towel (HK$95) will just about do the job for a short camp, despite only being 40cm x 80cm. Available in green, blue, purple and grey at

Therm-a-Rest ProLite

After a long day of music and late-night dancing, a proper rest is in order. This self-inflating mattress (HK$1,040) takes the hassle out of bedtime, and at 740g it’s light enough to carry to the site. Available at