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Summer usually means one thing for music lovers: festival season. And as we’re currently in a new era of smartphones, the internet, and social media, documenting every highlight has become a necessity. Of course, the easiest way to do that is by taking photos and videos using our trusty phones. It’s safe to say that a smartphone will likely be an expensive enough investment, so looking after it is essential, especially in an environment such as an outdoor concert or festival.
Here are 5 ways to make the most of your phone this festival season.
1. List all itinerary before you leave:
Make sure you know where you are going! If you are heading to a festival that will have lots of different performers, note down on your phone where your favourite acts will be and the times at which they will be performing. Make a list of everything you’re bringing on your phone as well so you don’t forget anything when you’re packing up once the festival is over. This will also come in handy if you lose any possessions or if any valuables get stolen during the festival.
2. Be smart with your data:
Mobile data has become a crutch for so many of us, particularly when there is an abundance of constant information required to retain if you want to get through a three to five-day event. But if you have data, it makes sense to use it! If you don’t think you’ll have enough, screenshot any information you think you might need before you leave. That way, you won’t need the internet to search for the information, you can just refer to your camera roll. For example, if you’re unsure about how to get to a certain venue, put the route from your tent to the destination into Google Maps and screenshot the results. This is also a great way to save data if you feel like you might run out. Best to save it for all those Instagram Stories!
3. Don’t run out of storage:
There is nothing worse when you’re experiencing an amazing moment and are about to capture the memory by taking a photo and suddenly a “Not enough storage” alert pops up on your phone. Before you leave for the festival, check how much memory and phone storage you have in your phone’s settings. If you’re running low, consider deleting any photos or apps that are taking up a lot of storage and that you don’t need or rarely use. But if you’re a bit of a hoarder, you could also invest in some extra gigabytes of storage before you head off. It’ll probably be worth it in the long run anyway.
4. Protect your phone:
A handy hack for keeping your phone dry is a simple small, resealable plastic bag. All you have to do is place the phone in the bag when you start to feel any raindrops falling and your phone will remain completely dry. It’s also a good idea to protect your screen. If you don’t have a phone case, now is definitely the time to get one! Invest in a good quality case like OtterBox or Lifeproof which have been tested to protect phones for up to a 2-metre drop.
5. Keep the energy going:
This is probably the most obvious, but also the most important tip. In an ideal world, it would be great to have enough battery power to last your phone throughout an entire day. But alas, this is rarely the case, especially when you are constantly using your phone to take photos and videos. The easiest way to solve this is to bring a portable charger and a decent one at that. Try and find one that isn’t too cumbersome though, as you don’t want it to weigh you down. And don’t forget to charge the charger before you leave!