Five of the Best Festival Accessories

Despite all the fun, festivals can be pretty hard work. To make them a little easier we’ve rounded up our essential list of what to take to a festival…

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Aerobed PakMat

The PakMat from Aerobed is the answer to all those weary camping prayers. The clever and compact design means that the airbed fits neatly inside its own pump. It’s super-easy to use and can be pumped up in less than a minute, and can be wiped clean so you don’t get any mud in your tent. Extremely comfortable and totally eco-friendly, it ensures the next to impossible – a good night’s sleep at a festival.

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Price: £69.99; stockist: www.aerobed.co.uk.

Vaude Multifunctional Solar Recharger

For some unknown reason, phone batteries seem to run out after all of about 10 minutes at a festival. This is where the Vaude Multifunctional Solar Recharger comes to the rescue. This small eco-friendly gadget gathers solar power and keeps you connected. It’s super-lightweight, can be attached to your rucksack and can charge cameras, iPods and comes with a wide variety of different adaptors for most makes of phone.

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Price: £55; stockist: www.vaude.co.uk

Aesop Hand Wash

When the question ‘what to take to a festival’ comes up, hand wash almost invariably gets left off the travel accessories list. Sleek, stylish and a compact size, Aesop Hand Wash is an absolute festival essential, though. It leaves hands fresh and clean, has a delicious scent of mandarin peel and rosemary leaf, and basically knocks the socks off its competitors. Conveniently, there’s no water required, either.

Price: £11; stockist: www.aesop.com

Kate Sheridan Rucksack

This seriously cool Kate Sheridan rucksack is the perfect bag to take to a festival this summer. Lightweight and stylish, it’s made from waxed cotton meaning it’s practical and waterproof in unpredictable weather and rain showers. With leather buckle straps and a toggle, it’s easy to use and even has a handy separate pocket for your mobile phone.

Price: £135; stockist: www.katesheridan.com

Bobble Water Bottle

Keeping well hydrated at festivals is important, but carrying lots of large heavy bottles of fresh water is a real drag. This is where innovative new water bottle, the Bobble, comes in. Made from recycled plastic, you can fill it up with ordinary tap water and (using a built-in carbon filter) it filters as you go. Eco-friendly and re-usable, it’s also available in a veritable rainbow of snappy colours and different sizes.

Price: £12.95; stockist: www.selfridges.com

Looking for more ideas on what to take to a festival? See a selection of the best cheap festival tents. And to help you decide which of this year’s big music events to go to, there’s always our pick of the best summer festivals.

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