There is nothing better than a dry, sunny festival; here are some tips to help you survive it!
It always takes longer to get on to site than you think, so be prepared for long waits in the car or in a queue.
- Stock up with enough water to keep everyone hydrated
- Wear a hat and keep slapping on the sunblock if you have to wait out in the open
- Be patient – the gate staff are trying to get you in as quickly as they can and having to deal with stroppy punters only slows everything down.
- Know the signs of dehydration – headache, nausea, dizziness, dark yellow or brown urine
- Quench your thirst with water or juice before drinking alcohol and between alcoholic drinks
- Locate the water points around the festival site and use a refillable bottle – keep it topped up
- Regular sips of water are better than one large volume
- Keep water in your tent so you can drink it before going to sleep and when you wake up
- Pack good quality sunglasses, loose fitting cotton clothing and a sunhat with a wide brim to allow plenty of shade
- Remember to bring sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 for adults – SPF 30 is better! Children’s skin is much more sensitive than adults’ and they need the extra protection of SPF 30 or more. Carry your sunscreen with you around the festival site to top it up, and make sure it’s used on any areas of skin that are exposed, from your ears down to your toes!
Sunscreen sold in the UK has a star rating: higher rated products offer more UVA protection, so the higher the better – five is the highest. Larger festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading will have an onsite pharmacy selling sunscreen and after-sun lotion.
- It may not be easy on festival sites, but try to find some shade between 11 am and 3 pm, when the sun is at its’ fiercest. Encourage your friends to do the same, particularly if they are a little the worse for wear and are tempted to lie out in the field to sleep it off. Try to make sure they are lying in a well-shaded area.
Bring your medication! Some things are made worse by hot, dry, dusty conditions, so remember your asthma inhaler and hay fever medication.
Getting off site can sometimes take a while, so most of the first section applies when you are leaving too.
- NHS Choices Dehydration advice – http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/Pages/Introduction.aspx
- NHS Choices Sun safety – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx