The Festival Edit; Be Prepared

Festival season is fast approaching so it’s time to get ready! Whether you’re heading to a music festival or walking festival and come rain or shine having the right gear will ensure that nothing gets in the way of you having a good time. So to help inspire you to be prepared here at Webtogs.com we have decided to do a roundup of our essential festival gear.

 

Marmot Limestone 4 Person Tent

 

Marmot Limestone 4 Person Tent

Taking a tent to a multi-day festival is a no brainer, but the quality of the tent is something that is often taken for granted. This tent from Marmot is ideal for festival use thanks to its spacious size, easy to pitch design and robust design. It features high quality DAC DA17 colour coded poles as well as ‘Easy Pitch’ clips on the canopy allowing you to put it up quickly and efficiently. It’s constructed from rugged and weather resistant fabrics so you can get a good night’s sleep whatever the weather; that is if you aren’t up all night dancing.

 

 

Snugpak Softie 5 Kestrel Sleeping Bag

 

Snugpak Softie 6 Kestrel Sleeping Bag

Convenient and comfortable the Snugpak Softie 6 Kestrel Sleeping Bag is perfect for festivals. With a small pack size and comfortable temperature rating of 0°C and an extreme temperature rating of -5°C you can enjoy a good night’s sleep whatever the weather. It features a reinforced foot and rugged construction so it can take a bit of rough handling when you return to your tent in the middle of the night slightly tipsy and it even comes with its own compression sack for carrying.

 

 

Helinox Chair One Trek Chair

Helinox Chair One Trek Chair

You need someone to kick back and relax in between gigs or walks so you’re going to need a comfortable camping chair. Super compact, lightweight and comfortable the Helinox One Trek Chair is the only camping chair you need this festival season. It is lightweight and won’t take up space in your car on the journey there thanks to the included stuff sack. Despite the lightweight design this camping chair is exceptionally rugged and can hold a weight of up to 145kg. The Helinox One Trek Chair is even easy to put up for when you’re in a rush to see your favourite performer thanks to the self locating shock cord technology.

 

 

Life Systems Mosquito Smoke Coils 10 Pack Insect Repellent

 

Life Systems Mosquito Smoke Coils 10 Pack Insect Repellent

Wherever you are camping summer is prime mosquito and biting insect season, and the last thing you want is to be relentlessly bitten throughout the night and be itching for the rest of your trip. The Lifesystems Mosquito Smoke Coils 10 Pack Insect Repellent are easy to use and will repel midges, mosquitos and other biting insects. Each individual coil offers up to 8 hours protection and when lit releases smoke and an active insect repellent to naturally deter irritating flying insects.

 

 

 

LifeVenture Dry Wash 100ml Travel Soap

 

LifeVenture Dry Wash 100ml Travel Soap

Festivals are notorious for the inability to shower for days but with the LifeVenture Dry Wash 100ml Travel Soap you can still keep yourself clean. Dermatologically tested, antibacterial and easy to use with a pop up lid this travel soap is perfect for freshening up when you’ve been walking and jumping about all day. It even contains a soothing aloe vera extract and evapourates as you are using it; perfect when you don’t have access to a shower.

 

 

 

Life Systems Active 40 200ml Sun Protection

 

 

Life Systems Active 40 200ml Sun Protection
Whichever festival you are heading to this year you’re likely to be outside in the sun for long periods of time, save yourself discomfort and disappointment later by using a high quality, high factor suncream. The Life Systems Active 40 200ml Sun Protection is factor 40 and effective against UVA and UVB. It is extremely water and sweat resistant; ideal for when you’re dancing and walking all day long.

 

 

 

LifeVenture Waist Body Wallet

 

LifeVenture Waist Body Wallet
If you’re buying your food there and stopping to get beers all day you’ll be wanting to carry your cash or card, and when you’re in lard crowds of people it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you drop your money or its pocketed you will likely not notice until it’s too late; this is where the LifeVenture Waist Body Wallet comes in. Discreet and comfortable it can be worn beneath your jacket or top around your waist to prevent theft and cash falling out of your pockets. It also features a moisture wicking fabric on the rear for comfortable next to skin wear all day long.

 

 

 

Life Systems Intensity 220 Torch

 

 

Life Systems Intensity 220 Torch
Finding your tent in amongst 100s of others in the dark isn’t easy so taking a compact and bright torch with you will save you getting lost after the gig. The Life Systems Intensity 220 Torch is the perfect pocket torch for festivals and features a brightness level of 220 lumens and up to 52 hours battery life. It also features a handy strap to wear around your wrist or attach to a rucksack.

 

 

 

 

Biolite Camp Stove

 

Biolite Camp Stove

Last but not least if you’re cooking all your own food or making a cup of tea at your next festival you will need a high quality stove. The Biolite Camp Stove is high quality and only requires dry biomass, such as sticks, to be burned as fuel saving you a tonne of pack space. You can even use it to charge your electronic devices such as your camera or mobile phone via the USB port as you wait for the kettle to boil. This handy little camp stove is the ultimate in convenience.

 

 

 

As you can see carrying the right gear will help prevent any little mishaps that might ruin your festival weekend and help you to create your own home away from home. If we’ve inspired you to get prepared; check out the rest of our outdoor gear collection. What essentials would you take with you?

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Essential Guide to Walking Kit

We had fun earlier in the year meeting up with Andy from Walks around Britain and Dave from MyOutdoors whilst up in the Peak District. We were already shooting a short video on a walk around Coombs Dale, whilst we were there, we had a chance to shoot the following short video on what sort of gear you might need when starting walking.

 


 

For those of you new to walking, the video gives a great intro to the sort of kit you will need to take when heading out for a days strolling, whether that be in the hills or valleys. We would recommend at least the following gear, as weather conditions can change rapidly when you are out and about.

– Small rucksack of between 15 & 25 litres in size
– Good pair of walking boots, spend the lions share of your budget on this.
Baselayer to push or wick sweat away from your body, it should be synthetic or merino wool (not cotton!)
– A Midlayer, generally fleece, either heavy or light depending on the weather and a spare one in case of emergency.
– An outerlayer, usually a waterproof jacket, but can be a soft shell which is a water resistant and wind proof layer.
– Good pair of walking trousers and a pair of waterproof trousers if the weather looks bad. Don#’t wear jeans, if they get wet, they are rather uncomfortable, again stick to synthetic options which are hard wearing, water resistant and dry quickly.
Compass.
– Map (great guide from Ordanance Survey here on choosing the right map).
First aid kit.
– Food & Drink as you burn a lot of calories out strolling.
Hat & Gloves (make it a sun hat for summer along with some sun cream).

This is just a basic list, so take in to account if you are doing anything more strenuous, or if you are heading in to the mountains, you may well need more equipment.

What would you consider essential for your rucksack or clothing when heading outside?

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Top 10 tips to stop your camping trip becoming a nightmare in canvas.

We’re all fairly avid campers here at Webtogs, camping year round in some fairly gnarly conditions. We’ve been round the block a few times, so for those of you dusting off your tent for your first spot of camping for the year, we asked everyone in the office for their top tip for camping. This isn’t a guide to tents – we’ll cover that in another post, but this is our holy grail of must do’s and don’ts that have been learnt the hard way when heading under canvas.

Spot of wind anyone?
Nightmare in Canvas…..

Keith – “Make sure you know how to put your tent up. Pitching before you head off is a great idea to ensure you don’t struggle when you get to the campsite or out in the wilds. Read the instructions, despite my experience, I always read new tent pitching instructions as they all differ very slightly”

Charlie – “If you have used your tent previously, make sure you check it to ensure it has all it’s pegs, guylines and any repairs have been made. You don’t want to get to the campsite to remember that you have the rip in your tent from last year where someone trod on it nipping to the loo.”

Gareth – “Have a list of everything you need to take camping with you and make sure you check it off. We’ve got a list of basics that we make sure we have for each trip”  We’ve included it here as a text file, and is based on a spot of family car camping (basics only), so feel free to do with it as you will and tweak it based on whats important for you for a good time.

Matt – “Don’t crack out the beers straight away, pitch your tent fully and make sure someone hangs on the tent at all times when windy! Don’t be tempted to leave the guy lines as when the wind hits, you’ll be the guy chasing his tent down the campsite”

Blissful camping
Blissful camping

Sue – “Don’t pitch on a slope or in a hollow, if you pitch on a slope be prepared to roll on top of one another, or get a headache if your head is downhill. If you pitch in a hollow, you could be paddling in your tent, as that’s where the water will collect.

Ross – “If you are sleeping anywhere near me, you’ll need ear plugs to get to sleep with my snoring. Keep a pair handy for noisy campsites / neighbours / freinds”

Mike “Get organised in your tent, the last thing you want to do is try and find your teddy bear with no light and you can’t remember where your torch is. Have a place for everything and keep it vaguely tidy”

Lucy – “Make sure nothing is touching the outside of the tent as that will bring water in through the flysheet, keep your inner tent away from the fly as well.”

Jon – “Aim to pitch two hours before you think you should, trust me, those to hours will dissapear.”

These are just our top tips for camping, we would love to hear what yours are in the comments below, have we missed anything? What would you have as your one critical tip when camping?

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