This tent-finder app could save your festival weekend

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Somewhere where you could kind of smell the toilets, near that massive tent full of topless men drinking Fosters and waving flags… Yeah, no, that doesn’t really narrow it down when you’re looking for your temporary canvas home at a festival, does it?

However, there are mobile apps out there designed to help hapless, drunk you bed down for the night/morning should you end up one of the many wandering souls at 5am.

One such app is BC Tent Finder, which allows you to pin your tent as soon as you set up shop, meaning your zigzags back from the main stage will have slightly more purpose.

While you can drop pins on Google Maps yourself of course (or add it as your ‘home’ address for the weekend), the app allows you to assign photographs of said tent and surroundings, share saved points with your friends and access weather information. It also uses GPS so it doesn’t matter if your data has disappeared.

You can pin other important locations too, such as the car or the nearest toilets, and it even comes with basic instructions on putting up tents (because who wants to cry in the rain after a seven-hour traffic slog?).

BC Tent Finder is currently only available for Apple users, while Android users can download Festival Buddy for much the same experience – GPS pinning for multiple locations as well as a torch function for successful handling of tent zip once you actually find it.

With that in mind, we compiled a few other useful apps for festival season.

The most useful mobile apps for festivals

For friends
Find my Friends does what you’d imagine: you and your group can share locations, give real-time updates and get directions. Find it on Apple and Google Play.

For first aid
First Aid by British Red Cross offers simple, easy advice on 18 everyday first aid scenarios and doesn’t require an internet connection once downloaded. Meanwhile, CitizenAid is designed to help people in emergency situations, such as terrorist attacks. It advises on how to react safely, pass effective messages to the emergency services, prioritise the injured and give life-saving first aid. Please note: this version is designed for UK users.

For battery life
Battery Doctor tells you exactly how much juice you’ve got left (and how long that means time-wise) and shuts down unnecessary charge-draining apps. Find it on Apple and Google Play.

For music
Desperate to remember a track by a band you’ve only just discovered? Make sure you’ve got Shazam or Soundhound ready to go: they identify tunes and keep them in your search history.

Images: BC Tent Finder / iStock


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.