Festivals are a unique space in time when all your worries are left at home as you dance beneath the stars to your favourite artists with your best friends.
Thousands of people come together to celebrate music and enjoy the entertainment, but whether it’s your festival debut or you’re a veteran it’s important you look after yourself and those around you to get the most out of the experience.
Here are our top ten tips to make sure you have the ultimate festival weekend.
- When choosing a spot to pitch up, look for a well-lit area that is easily recognisable by a nearby post, such as a fire tower or food truck. This helps you to guide yourself back to the tent at night or ask for directions if you’re lost.
- It might sound obvious but remember what your tent looks like! Chances are there are 5,000 other blue tents with yellow ropes. Tie some coloured ribbons or a flag to the top so you know it’s definitely yours.
- You may not want to take your mobile with you in case you lose it or drop it in the mud, but it’s the safest way to stay in contact with your friends, and it’s so easy to get separated. Most sites have charging stations, or you can pack a portable battery pack so you never run out of juice. Plus how else are you going to update Instagram?
- If you’re feeling unwell or have any medical issues during the weekend a visit to the Medicine Man or other onsite medical tent will help you out. The Medicine Man offers help and advice and stocks a range of medical and healthcare products, including painkillers, cough and cold remedies, condoms and emergency contraception. Find him at V Fest (Chelmsford and Staffordshire), Leeds Fest and Bestival this August.
- Festivals are one of the friendliest places on earth but if you make new buddies, make sure your friends who you arrived with know where you are and who you are with.
- Keeping your energy levels up will help you to enjoy as much of the festival as possible. This means drinking lots of water so you stay hydrated (you’ll get used to the loos) and not skipping meals. Pack lots of high-energy snacks, such as flapjacks and bananas so you don’t have to rely on the burger van all weekend.
- Contraceptive mishaps can happen anywhere, including festivals. It’s important to practise safe sex to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy, so carry condoms in your bag or wallet. If you forget to pack them visit an onsite pharmacy, such as The Medicine Man who will also stock emergency contraception, if you should need to take the morning after pill. Alternatively you can order ellaOne, the UK’s most effective morning after pill, prior to going away so you can pack it and take it with you. Being prepared is always a good idea.
- Never leave your drink unattended, even if it’s just a soft drink or bottle of water, as these too can be targets for drug and alcohol spiking.
- Baby wipes and antibacterial gel are a festival must-have. Not only for those times when you don’t have access to a shower but for cleaning mud and germs after eating or falling over in the mud. Last thing you want is to catch a bug while you’re away.
- Alcohol can seriously affect your judgement and ability to make decisions and assess situations. Know your limits when it comes to consumption so that you’re always able to make safe and informed decisions.
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