Festival season is well and truly underway; Glastonbury’s been and gone, Benicassim in Spain starts this week and Bestival on the Isle of Wight is looming ever closer… 

The number of people who take their SmartPhone to a festival is ever increasing. Is it becoming as important as having deodorant or hand sanitiser? Today we spotted an interesting infographic created by Oxygen8, which reveals*… 

• 74% take their SmartPhones to a festival 
• 21% are keen to be able to access social networks whilst at a festival 
• 98% agree that a good quality camera function is vital 
• 65% said having a SmartPhone at a festival is more important than water (58%) and money (49%) 
*of those surveyed (June 2014). 

These statistics highlight just how important having a SmartPhone at a festival is becoming. The amount of people who take a camera to an event is diminishing – why bother when the camera quality is so good nowadays on a SmartPhone? 

If you are one of thousands who insist on taking your expensive gadget with you, it’s important to know how to keep it safe from heavy rain, squelching mud and away from people spilling their cider on it… Here are some of our tips: 

• Download the schedule before you go – so that you can avoid using your 3G. 
• Print screen the line-up of every day and then swap it over each morning as your lock screen – this way you won’t need to use the festival App or look up the line-up on your phone. Neat! 
• Pack a portable charger – these are often reasonably priced and will save you from long queues to re-charge your battery. 
• Use Twitter to find out about ‘secret shows’ – nearly every festival has them, and bands often announce these on Twitter. Obviously this won’t help you save battery, but if you follow the above point, then you won’t need to worry! 

Alternatively, why not buy a cheap PAYG handset? A basic phone will allow you to call and text if you buy some credit. Whether you opt to take your smartphone or buy a cheaper alternative, we recommend you take out insurance. Insurance with starts from £1.49, and you’ll be protected from accidental damage, breakdown, theft and loss. 

*The information in this blog is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. Please seek a professional for expert advice as we can not be held responsible for any damages or negative consequences upon following this information.

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