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TIPS & ADVICE FOR FESTIVALS
- First of we recommend getting a Travel Insurance from WorldNomad.com
- Eat a big nutritious breakfast before beginning your trip. You never know how long it can take until next meal.
- Make sure you have a charged mobile phone and make sure you carry a spare battery or a wind up charger in case it runs out of power.
- Keep contact infos on paper and meet-up rules in place with your fellow festival goers.
- Get loose change ready before you arrive, as queues for cash machines are exceedingly long at festivals. You may need change for parking.
- If you take a digital camera, take a photo of your mobile number and name, so if it gets lost, it may just get back to you.
- Duct tape should be in your bag. Hundreds of uses await it, from securing up tent poles, healing rips and taping various items up, it’s a cheap festival essential.
- Check out the festival site rules before you arrive so you don’t have any banned items on you, such as glass or bottles.
- Read up on transport and/or car parking before you get there so you know what entrance to park at, and print out directions so you aren’t reliant on a GPS directing you to a sleepy town miles away from your festival site.
- Get a festival program when you arrive and plan your time so you don’t miss out on your favorite bands.
- Use a hand sanitizer before eating and after using the toilets.
- Take a refillable water bottle and drinking throughout the day. Do not keep bottled water in the sun! as it becomes toxic.
- Wear socks and comfy shoes you don’t mind walking miles in.
- Pack plenty of quick-to-eat food and snacks that can be eaten on the go so you don’t need to head back to your tent. A daypack can store all your essentials.
- Take some earplugs with you so you can get some sleep
- Stop off at a supermarket if you’re driving to withdraw cash. The machines at festivals have huge queues and also charge you to take out money so this will save you time and money.
- Whilst at the supermarket, stock up on any essentials you may have forgotten such as medicine, sun cream or similar. Festivals do sell things such as these, but they tend to come with a premium price tag.
- Sleep with your valuables in your sleeping bag, so your phone, cash, mp3 and similar are safe with you and can’t be taken.
- Ladies should leave handbags at home
- Lockers are available at some festivals, but many need to be pre-booked, so make sure you have checked with the festival providers before you set off
STAY HEALTHY AT FESTIVALS
- Stock on up vitamins and good food with plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and maybe cut back on processed foods. This can prepare your body for a few days of general body and liver abuse without leaving you riddled with germs because your immunity will be boosted.
- Pack your own hygienic wipes or hand sanitizer that can be used on the go. If sinks are a long way away, you want to clean away germs before you touch any food.
- If you are pre packing food, make sure it is thoroughly cooked and that it won’t perish en route. Dairy and milk based products will change drastically in heat and as well as not tasting great, meat that has been spoilt can be dangerous.
- Toilets are the biggest germ fest of the festival, and with so many people sharing, staying germ free and infection-less can be a struggle.
- Try not to touch door handles without a germ fighting barrier such as a tissue or a wet wipe in between. If you do, then make sure you wash your hands afterwards.
- Don’t enter a urinal area or a toilet in flip flops! As well as danger of cuts from glass on the floor and other harmful items, the general state of the floor is generally unappealing and the last thing you want your bare feet next to.
- Strange food and drink can cause havoc with your innards. If you’re feeling a little queasy stay away from citrus and acidic foods and try eat something dry, such as crackers or rice cakes to help line your stomach.
- Make sure you have packed all of your own medication, be it an inhaler or your hay fever pills .
- If you have a medical condition that requires special food or food at certain times, such as diabetes or anything else a doctor would recognize as acceptable, get a letter from your doctor to cover this and show it to security when waiting to enter the venue. They will help store any medication and food in a secure area for diabetics. The names on any medication must match your ID.
- If someone seems to be very unwell, try and find a person of authority and get them to a first aid tent for help.
- Drink lots of water! Head ache from a hangover occurs because your brain is missing water and have shrunked, Give it water!
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