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Top Safety Tips for Music Festivals

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Music Festival Safety Tips

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Music festivals have become a part of our culture. More than 23% of Americans attended a music festival in 2018. The festival experience is amazing. It’s not surprising that festivals have become so popular. Even so, you do need to be careful at music festivals. Whilst they are much safer and better organized than they used to be, there are still some dangers to be aware of. So, if you are attending a big festival this year, read these top music festival safety tips before you go.

1. Familiarize Yourself with the Festival Site

The first thing you should do when you arrive at a festival is to find your way around the site. Music festivals can get very crowded and they can be confusing. Find out where all the essentials are first. Things like the toilets, chill out zones and the food stalls. Then, find out where that sages are and decide on which acts you are going to see.

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2. Leave Your Valuables at Home

You are not going to need your jewelry and expensive camera at a music festival, so don’t take them. If you have valuables with you, you won’t want to carry them around all day, and they won’t be safe in your tent. It’s much easier and safer to leave anything expensive at home.

3. Use the Buddy System

Use the buddy system so that you have a friend looking out for you. If you decide to go somewhere on your own, plan a time and a place where you will meet up with your buddy later. You may not be able to rely on your phone to stay in touch at a festival. Your battery may go flat, or you might not be able to get a signal. Remember; there is always safety in numbers.

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4. Remember to Take Your Medication

If you take any medicines, remember to take them with you. Make sure you have enough medication for the duration of the festival, and some spare in case you lose any. There will be medical help available at a big festival. Even so, they won’t be able to dispense prescription medicines.

5. Take a First Aid Kit

Take a mini first aid kit with you. You may need things like band-aids, paracetamol, and antiseptic ointment. You don’t need to take a huge box of first aid supplies to a music festival. But a few of the essentials could come in very useful.

6. Watch Out for Pickpockets

Most people will be at a music festival to have fun. Some, though, will be there to take advantage of the situation. Keep an eye on your belongings and watch out for pickpockets. Keep your money safe, and don’t keep your phone in your back pocket!

7. Party Safe

Music festivals and raves are a great place to let your hair down and enjoy yourself. Even so, you must be careful. Know your limits when it comes to alcohol. If you drink too much, you won’t be able to take care of yourself. Avoid taking drugs too, even if other people are taking them. You don’t know what is in illicit drugs. There have been way too many drug-related deaths at music festivals. No one wants to see any more deaths.

8. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Partying, dancing and standing in the hot sun all day will dehydrate you. Drinking alcohol will also dehydrate you. Have one water between every alcoholic drink. It will keep you hydrated, and it will help moderate your alcohol consumption.

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9. Watch Your Drinks

Never leave a drink unattended and never accept drinks from people you don’t know. Some people think it’s funny to spike other peoples’ drinks. Or worse, some people might spike your drink so that they can take advantage of you.

10. Protect Your Ears

The music at music festivals and raves is very loud. So, use earplugs to protect your ears. You can get hi-fidelity earplugs that will reduce the noise but not affect the quality of the sound. It’s better than suffering from hearing loss when you get a bit older.

11. Practice Safe Sex

If you hook up with someone, make sure that sex is consensual. If someone is too drunk to say yes or no, that it is not consensual sex. Remember too to always use a condom. If you don’t, you could be coming home with more than you had hoped for.

12. Take A Rest When You Need One

Take some time out whenever you feel you need to. Visit a chill-out zone or take a nap in your tent. If it’s very hot, it’s easy to get heatstroke. Anyway, you don’t want to burn out on the first day and then miss the rest of the festival!


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