Five Festival Essentials

Festival survival can be tough, so we've come up with that you just can't leave without. And if you haven't quite decided on which festival you're going to, see our top pick of Music Festivals Abroad.

Festival resistant camera
This fiesty little camera (Casio Exilim G EX-G1) is practically indestructible! It's shock proof, waterproof (up to 10 feet), freezeproof (up to -10°C) and dustproof too. It can take 300 shots in one charge and offers 12 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom - oh, and its super super slim! Perfect for tiny festival handbags and back pocket carrying. £249.98, www.casio.co.uk

Stay powered
There's nothing worse than trying to make your way back to your tent in the dark and risking your life on other people's guy ropes. Stay in one piece with a wind up torch. Just one minute of winding will win you 30 minutes of light. Bargain. This contraption from One Earth also doubles up as a phone charger. Three minutes winding = 8 minutes talk time. £12.99, www.millets.co.uk

Give your back a break
Since you never quite know where you're going to pitch your tent, be sensible about what you carry across the field. Backpacks are great, but when people pass you with a wheelie suitcase, it can be frustrating. Opt for the best of both with East Pak's Archer 55 - a backpack on wheels. £135, www.eastpak.com

Keep those toes dry...
It's obvious, but essential... yes, wellies. Try the Welly Shop online for a good range, including these colourful Evercreatures. £35, www.thewellyshop.com



... and mud free!
Being a bit stinky at a festival is part of the fun, but if your event has turned into a mud fest, it might be time for a shower. Avoid the queues and fill up a 20 litre solar camp shower as soon as you arrive... you'll have plenty of warm water to wash down before climbing into your tent. £9.99, various retailers including www.nigelsecostore.com


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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.