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Ultimate Festival Checklist for This Summer

 

Festival season is just around the corner (finally!) and no matter which one you’re attending, these items are sure to be vital for wherever, or whatever kind you find yourself at this summer.

 

Tickets

It may seem obvious but these are definitely an essential. Many festivals are now exchanging tickets for wristbands upon arrival, so without a ticket you won’t be going anywhere fast! As well as the apparent festival tickets, it’s worth being prepared and organised if you’re travelling by bus/train/tram etc. Advance tickets can also prove to be considerably cheaper than when left until last minute, and guarantee a seat on most, which will definitely be appreciated with all your festival gear in tow.

 

Wallet/Purse

Whilst taking your actual day-to-day wallet or purse with you might be a bit excessive, and unnecessary! It’s worth taking a smaller, or an old one you have to hand, to easily and safely carry your valuables around. Obvious ones are cash & cards, both is better. Most sites will have cash machines but these usually have a charge, which can be quite hefty, and can quickly add up over the course of a weekend! Not to mention the queues are always very long. Beat the queues and save yourself some money by being prepared and withdrawing a substantial, and realistic amount, that will comfortably see you through the entire weekend. To keep it safe, split it between several bags and pockets. ID again is key if you plan on drinking anything alcoholic over the weekend and also essential to gaining entry to a few festivals, (Glastonbury won’t let you in if you’re ticket doesn’t match the name on your ID!) So this is definitely something worth checking before you head off. 

 

Phone

Again obvious, but ensure it is fully charged and has all your friends correct digits. If my iPhone battery is anything to go by, it will run out, and fast if you use it alot. Try to stick strictly to texts and calls and leave it switched off whilst you're asleep, or if not required, to save those vital bars. Most festivals will have charging bars where you can pay to leave your phone, and have it charged whilst you go off and enjoy an act or two. However these are expensive so it’s worth thinking about optional camera ideas if you know you plan on using your phone a lot.

 

Torch

Often forgotten about or simply left behind, never underestimate the power of light. A torch is essential for navigating (stumbling) back to your tent after a heavy day. Likewise, trying to find what you’re looking for in your tent at night is a task in itself, never mind without light. You’ll thank me when you’re trying to take your contacts out, or your make up/glitter off your face. Whilst many phones nowadays have torches incorporated within them, these will drain your already suffering battery life and so investing in a good quality, transportable version is advised.

 

 

The Many Uses of Silicone Wristbands

When it comes to the different types of wristbands, there are fewer which are more multi-functional than silicone wristbands. This may seem slightly surprising seen as though they are fairly simple in their design, but this can actually work in their favour! The reason for this is that they can be easily customised to suit a range of different activities – some of which are listed below.

 

Business

If you are wanting a cheap solution to promote your business, then silicone wristbands can be a quick and easy solution. They can be used for a variety of different businesses, and can also be utilised in a range of different ways. The most common use is to create brand awareness by giving a consumer a wearable item to put on which is customised with your businesses logo. Another good use can be to give customers a discount if they wear the wristband when they are in-store.

 

Fundraising

It was Lance Armstrong who started selling silicone wristbands to raise money for cancer victims. Due to its immense popularity, a number of other charities started selling wristbands to raise money for their cause too. To this day, silicone wristbands are still a hugely popular fundraising tool for any charity who is wanting to spread their message and raise funds.

 

Schools

A great way for a school to use silicone wristbands is as an organisational tool so that they can easily differentiate between pupils who are in different years, and have different privileges. For instance, instead of asking every pupil if they’re allowed out at lunch time they can just see what colour wristband they have on instead.

 

Sports Team

As a sports team, silicone wristbands can serve the conventional purpose by being worn by players who are on the substitutes bench – so that the referees and coaches can see who the active player is. Another reason they can be worn which can also be useful is by having a motivational message written on them. These can be simple phrases such as ‘you’re a winner’ or it can even be the team’s slogan.

Unique Uses for Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek or paper wristbands are some of the most popular wristbands for a variety of reasons. They are the wristbands which are synonymous with nightclub entry, and they can be used for a variety of different events too. They are great way to improve the security of entrance for a number of venues, mainly because they can’t be removed unless cut or ripped – meaning they can’t be re-used. However, there are several other uses for Tyvek wristbands outside of events, so take a look below to see how else you can make use of Tyvek wristbands.

 

Plant Tags

One of the unique aspects of Tyvek wristbands are that they are long lasting and can be written on. Therefore, if you happen to own a plant shop, they can be used as the perfect choice for an inexpensive plant tag. A good idea can be to use a band with a neon yellow Tyvek band so it stands out more and makes them highly visible, or you can use bands which are different colours to differentiate between the different flowers you sell.

 

Suitcase ID

When you’ve got off a long plane journey and you have to stand waiting around for your suitcase, it can be one of the most draining things ever. You’re standing around and concentrating waiting for your suitcase to finally come around the carousel, and after a certain point it can become difficult to be able to differentiate between them! By attaching a brightly coloured wristband, you will be sure that the suitcase coming around is yours and hopefully make sure that you take the right one home.

 

Cleaning Purposes

Another great use for Tyvek wristbands is that they can be used to help with cleaning in large offices or buildings which require a lot of different people to clean. The reason for this is that when a person has finished cleaning a room or certain item, they can place a wristband around it so the other cleaners know that they have cleaned that space. Taking this a step further, two different coloured wristbands could be used to show which items have been cleaned and which ones still need cleaning.

 

Record Number of People at Event

As mentioned, Tyvek wristbands are very popular at events – but there can actually be further uses for them at an event too. Instead of just placing them on people to confirm entry, a fantastic idea can be to print each wristband with a separate number on them. This way, you will be able to count exactly how many people are at the event and you can also double-up the wristbands as a raffle ticket too!

 

What are the Uses of Sports Wristbands?

It has been over 80 years since the legendary tennis player Fred Perry invented the sweatband as way to absorb the sweat from his face and arms whilst playing on the court. This was revolutionary at the time, and the common sweatband is still used by sports players around the world to this date! Furthermore, in 2017 there are many other types of wristbands during sports events – but what are the uses of the wristbands?

 

Sweat

As mentioned, to this date there are still numerous athletes – namely runners, tennis and basketball players – who still use sweatbands when they are playing. These are usually made out of a towel-like material and serve the conventional purpose of wiping sweat from the face. With tennis and basketball players also finding them useful in stopping sweat from travelling down their arms onto their hands, which allows them to have a better grip.

 

Charity

Over time, wristbands have also started to serve the purpose of being used as a fundraising tool. In particular, silicone wristbands have become synonymous with fundraising efforts of major causes. One of the most popular courses was bicyclist Lance Armstrong, who ran the first major charity campaign using wristbands with the yellow Livestrong wristbands in aid of cancer. The success of these was huge, and it raised a huge amount of money around the globe. The other popular charity wristbands in sports were the ‘Stand Up – Speak Up’ black and white wristbands from Nike which were used for an anti-racism campaign and were worn by football players all around the world.

 

Advertisement

Advertising has become one of the biggest money making methods for the sports industry, and with wristbands being a cost-effective advertisement tool, it is no surprise they have become very popular within sports. In the modern world of sports, each event can have a reach of hundreds of millions of people around the globe. This has encouraged a lot of businesses to try and get their business associated with the event in any way possible. Whether they pay a player to wear a wristband or give them out to fans outside the event, it means that their business will gain a high reach and will give their business some great exposure.

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