Festival season’s finally here, and though we know it can be tempting to give technology a rest for the weekend, we reckon that your phone should be at the top of your festival packing list.

You’ve got your tent, flower headband, and wellies at the ready – festival season’s here.

For some, taking your phone to a festival is a cardinal sin. Giving technology a break and living in the moment, rather than through your phone screen is probably the best thing to do, but we reckon it could be a festival essential. Here’s 4 reasons why we think your phone should be at the top of your festival packing list.

Find your tent

Trying to find your tent in a jam-packed campsite can be a nightmare, especially after a long day of having fun. That’s why apps like BC Tent Finder – iOS and Festival Buddy – Android are total lifesavers. You can use them to GPS mark the location of your tent with a photo – y’know in case you forget what it looks like. You can use it for your car and even for the bar too. They even come in handy for sharing your location with your mates – ideal or when that mate that always goes AWOL, goes AWOL.

Festival essential apps

Most festivals have an app you can use to check stuff like site maps, news, line-up, and schedule info. And if you’re into planning, some even let you create your own custom schedule of where to go and when, so you don’t miss a thing. Keep an eye out for tips on secret sets too.

Signing up to the festival mailing list and checking their social media pages will make sure you’re totally up-to-date with what’s going on.

Be a social butterfly

Dancing with your mates in the mud and rain, singing along – ok, screaming along to your favourite tracks, and waiting for what feels like days in the toilet queue is what festivals are all about. But, are you even at a festival if you don’t Snapchat it?

The last thing you want to be worrying about while dancing in a muddy field is your data allowance. Luckily, Snapchat’s now part of Go Binge – snap as much as you like without using any data. You’re free to be a social butterfly, which is just what you should be at a music festival.

Instagram

There’s nothing more Insta-worthy than a music festival – other than avo toast, of course. With neon signs, seas of people in perfectly chosen outfits and let’s not forget some amazing acts, there are perfect photo ops around every corner.

And, if you want to get more likes and really up your Insta game, the new Samsung Galaxy S10 has a built in Instagram mode; giving you the best Instagram experience on a smartphone. You can shoot, add stickers and use all of Instagram’s editing tools, then post your pic directly to your Insta story. It couldn’t be easier.