Staying safe at music festivals
Going to a music festival is an amazing experience and the highlight of the year for many. Whether you are a seasoned expert or about to experience your first festival, remember that whilst having a great time is a priority, you must stay safe in doing so.
It’s so much more important to be self-aware due to Covid-19 and try to stay as safe as possible when it comes to yourself and others. Accessing good information whilst you are there can be hard so we have a few top tips to keep you safe whilst maximising your festival experience.
Get your bearings
One of the first things you should do is have a walk around the festival and get your bearings. If you arrive in daylight, take some time to work out where everything important is such as medical tents, water stations, food, etc. It’s always a good idea to leave your campsite before it gets dark so you can easily navigate your way back, torches/head torches come in handy for nighttime.
One of the main reasons we go to festivals is to have fun. Ensure you are keeping tabs on how much alcohol you are consuming and try to avoid binge drinking. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating regularly. Don’t share your drinks with anyone or let anyone buy you a drink that you don’t know or trust.
Many festivals fall on some of the hottest days of the year. With this in mind, it’s vital you drink plenty of water throughout each day. Water stations are available at all festivals so you can refill a bottle at any time. You can also bring your own supply of water. There are many food and drink stations around the festival, but it’s always a good idea to bring your own as well.
Even if it’s not extremely hot it’s important to wear sun protection if you are outside in an open space for long periods of time in the summertime. Make sure you bring the right clothing for all weather. Festival-goers are well aware that whilst one day it can be scorching hot, the next can also be rain!
Have a buddy system
You can’t always rely on your phone at a festival, whilst nowadays charging stations and portable chargers are readily available, phone signal is usually an issue. It’s important to make sure you and your friends are looking out for one another and have a plan in case you get lost. Organise a meeting spot if this happens. Somewhere easy to spot and find when the festival is in full swing.
Health and hygiene
Sleeping in tents for days is not the most hygienic of settings. It’s important to mention self-hygiene whilst at a festival especially as we are still enduring Covid-19. Whilst masks are now optional, make sure you take one with you in case you feel you want to wear one. Hand sanitiser is an absolute essential so make sure you take plenty with you. If you do start to feel unwell seek medical help immediately.
It is also recommended if you are on any medication to ensure you bring it with you. Many people bring small first aid items, which are also readily available in the medical tents.