Going on tour is essential for any band that wants to reach a wide audience and gain new fans in different parts of the country as well as around the world. Touring can be an exciting experience, as it gives the band a chance to spend quality time together, see new places, meet fans and make contacts along the way. However, when you are on tour you will spend long periods of time cooped up in your van, so it is important to make sure that you kit out the van with a good range of accessories that provide entertainment and help the time to pass quickly.
One of the biggest challenges a band faces when on the road is missing their family and friends. Staying in contact is essential to help beat the homesickness blues, so you will want to make sure that your van is fully fitted with a good number of mobile phone chargers as well as laptop charges so that band members can use their mobile internet packages to chat with loved ones on Skype and Facebook while they’re on the road. It’s a small thing, but it’s one that can be frequently overlooked until it’s actually needed.
Gadgets and Gizmos
As any band knows, music is an essential part of life, so it is important to kit out your van with an excellent sound system. Installing an iPod car adaptor allows the band to listen to their favourite tunes whenever they want and the adapter simply plugs into the car stereo so that the entire van is filled with music.
Installing a DVD player can really help to make the hours fly past as members can watch films as well as videos of their latest gigs. Special headrest monitors make the viewing experience much more stimulating as they come complete with large LCD screens offering clear pictures that can be seen easily during the day or night. The beauty of these headrest monitors is that all of the wires can be easily stored behind the headrest so that they do no create a mess of wires in the van, freeing up more space for equipment for the actual gig.
If you are about to embark on a particularly long tour you might also want to consider installing a PlayStation. This is a great way band members can let off a little steam by pitting their wits against each other in a number of different strategy games, and it makes the hours on the road just fly by. Make sure it isn’t in a place that’s distracting to the driver, though.
Naturally, you cannot stay with your van all the time and with a lot of expensive equipment on board, make sure that you protect your van from theft by purchasing van insurance that will cover you on the road, as well as high quality door locks and a steering wheel lock. You might also want to check out other security measures to make sure that all of your equipment as well as the van itself is safe and sound no matter how far you are from home.