I do not go camping or to festivals or basically do anything fun, ever. But you might. In which case can I recommend my favourite online tech store Soda? I may have mentioned them before. I am of course completely biased towards this company, as I have said, because my old boss from the Evening Standard works there.
They have some very smart new innovations that, if I were to go camping or to a festival or have any sort of fun, would come in really useful. I mean, looking at them nearly makes me want to go camping – just so I can justify having them. But not quite.
I was sent a while ago by Soda two of these hands-free phone thingies just for life. Not festivals or camping.
One is on a jazzy cord and the other is in a leather case with a strap – both are absolute lifesavers. I use mine when I am out with the kids and need both hands free but also need to know where my phone is at all times. They will also reduce the stress of going through an airport by a third. If only I could hang all the passports and the kids round my neck as well that would be great. Or would it.
The Bandolier case has a section in the back to store a credit card.
Minipresso Espresso machine
This portable espresso maker is brilliant and works very well – I can do without coffee, but my husband 100% cannot and if we went somewhere like camping this would be essential kit. You put a standard coffee pod in one end, hot water in the other, pump the whatsit manually and the coffee comes out in a little reservoir that doubles up as a cup. So cool.
Because in 2019 string lights are the equivalent of prayer. They give literal light and succour in the darkest most miserable places. These are long, solar-powered (but also can be charged in the conventional way) and have 3 light settings. They also roll up with an internal spoke so don’t get tangled.
How about you? What are your clever festival or camping essentials? Please leave a comment in the handy box below.
NB. Please note that I *think* that these links are affiliate. Soda said that they were going to get on Awin but I can’t remember if they did or not. And tbh I can’t be bothered to email them and ask. They probably are, let’s just say that, like most links here are affiliate links. Do you think I do this for my health? But if for any reason you don’t want me to get my tuppence from the company, just open a new browser window and shop from there.