With the summer months comes the pleasure of going to festivals. Whether you are a first-time festival-goer or you’ve visited a lot of them, I believe you will still find reading through do’s and dont’s quite useful. Usually festivals are a really chilled and happy place but do not forget that safety comes first. And whilst you’re enjoying your favourite bands or dancing all night, remember what you should do and take care of and steer away from.
- Check the setlist; It sounds kind of silly, but don’t buy the ticket unless you know who’s playing. Just because your friends are going doesn’t mean you should. Of course, if you’re heading to the festival just for a good time, then don’t bother, but if you care about the music, always figure out who’s going to be on the stages.
- Plan with friends; People usually go to festivals with their buddies, so get involved in festival trip planning. Figure out who’s going to take you to and from the festival place, who’s buying snacks, who’s responsible for medicine and all miscellaneous.
- Make a list; Before the festival rolls in, make a list of what you need to buy, take care of and pack. Don’t forget little things like self-hygiene products, plasters, medicaments, cash, chargers, snacks.
- Pack sensibly; Don’t overpack. Realise that you’ll need to carry your backpack around the festival or at least unless you find your place and build tents. Sometimes the walk from the bus station or car park can be long and tiring. But also don’t under pack. Make sure you take clothes accordingly to forecasted weather and have clean underwear and socks for every day.
- Stay hydrated; I can’t stress enough how important this is. Drinking a lot of water is required on a daily basis, but once you’re in the summer heat and on your feet all day, it’s necessary. Keep a bottle of water on you at all times. Excuses such as it’s uncomfortable to have your hands full, don’t exist. Drink a lot of water.
- Eat well; When you’re in a festival you get busy and involved in all kinds of activities. Don’t skip your meals. Usually, there are a lot of markets there where you can get something delicious to eat. Do that.
- Stay with your friends; Don’t lose the group and don’t roam around alone. It’s more fun and safer to be around people you trust.
- Shower; If you get a chance to brush your teeth and wash your hair – do it. You will feel so much better than you did before.
- Have fun; Do have fun, forget your problems and enjoy the music and the people around you!
- Don’t drink alcohol; Or at least don’t get drunk. I understand that alcohol and festivals are two inseparable things, but be clever. Don’t get intoxicated, it’s unsafe and unreasonable. You don’t need alcohol to keep you dancing all night.
- Don’t take anything from strangers; It could be tempting to impress your new friends by trying the things they offer. Please, don’t. You don’t know those people well, chances are you will get intoxicated and won’t think straight.
- Don’t leave money or any valuables in a tent; As much as you want to have nothing but sunglasses on you, don’t leave anything expensive in the tent. Keep all your cash, credit cards, ID, driving license with you. Get a small clutch or use backpack.
- Don’t let your phone run out of charge; Usually festivals have charging stations. Charge your phone there and always keep it like that. You don’t know how useful it is until it runs out of charge. Keep in mind that you might get lost or need to call your parents.
- Don’t overdress; It’s a festival, you want to be free and comfortable. Don’t risk your health in order to look cool. Wear a hat if the sun is out and sunscreen at all times.
- Don’t worry; Keep in mind that you’re responsible for yourself and you should take care of your friends too. But don’t stress too much. As long as you’re staying safe and hydrated, you’ll be fine!
Enjoy the festivals you are attending, have fun and stay safe!
© 2015 Reef Magazine