Festival Survival Guide

Festival season is in full swing and British summer time weather remains as unpredictable as ever!
Music, rain, wind, mud, sunshine, alcohol and memories are all to be experienced and enjoyed!! However, festivals carry a few risks, so here’s a few tips to help you stay safe and healthy this summer.

Alcohol

If you choose to drink at a festival, have a drink of water between each beer.  This will keep you hydrated, particularly if it’s hot and sunny. It will also help prevent a nasty hangover.  Keep your drink with you at all times so that nobody can slip anything into it.

Drugs

Stay safe by preferably avoiding illegal drugs at all costs. However, if you do choose to use an illicit substance, even if you’ve used it before, remember that you’re in a new environment and try to familiarise yourself with the route back to your tent and any landmarks nearby. Don’t take more than you’re used to and seek help at the first opportunity if you think you or a friend need it.

Sex

Unprotected sex puts both parties at risk from sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea as well as possible pregnancy. Stay safe by using a condom. If you think you need emergency contraception, it is usually available on site at the medical tent.

Sun

Believe it or not, sometimes the sun shines bright in the UK!! When you’re stood out in the sun all day drinking alcohol, heat stroke is a real risk. Remember to wear sunscreen to stay protected and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Music

Music can be loud near the front of the stage. Ear plugs can be invaluable to protect your ears from the loud noise- and they might help you sleep at night too!!

Hygiene

Take alcohol hand gel, wet wipes and a microfiber towel.  Poor personal hygiene can lead to a nasty stomach which isn’t something you want to experience in the porta loos. If you’re worried about suffering take a stash of Imodium just in case!

Regular Medicines

If you use regular medicines, remember to take them with you as they are unlikely to be readily available at the festival medical tent.  Store them on your person or ask if they can store them safely for you at the nearest medical tent.

First Aid Kit

Take one with you. Although first aid will be available on site, you might be glad of having your own supply blister plasters after being on your feet all day in those wellies.

Clothing

Take appropriate clothing for comfort and health. The temperature often drops at night. A jumper and a rain mac are a must.

Sleeping Bag

The temperature drops at night. Invest in a good quality sleeping bag so you’re refreshed for the next day.

Mobile Phone Service

Mobile phone service is notoriously bad at festivals, arrange a meeting point with your mates in case anyone gets lost.

Theft

Don’t take anything you aren’t prepared to lose and keep your money in an arm or waist strap.

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  • Music festivals are as synonymous with summertime as backyard barbecues and umbrella-clad cocktails. Great Guys cheers.