Staying Healthy While You Party and Camp at Music Festivals

Festival season is a highlight of the summer, a chance to let your hair down, catch some great bands and dance the night away, but it is also important to remember to look after your health at festivals. I have been to many festivals over the years and I have a few things that I always like to have with me to make surviving festival camping a little bit easier – here are some of my top festival tips for keeping healthy at festivals!

  • #1 – Antibacterial hand gel – I couldn’t be without this at a festival. The toilets are a breeding ground for germs and more often than not the supplied hand sanitizer at the toilets will have run out. Keep a bottle of hand gel in your bag or pocket to use whenever you need it and wash your hands whenever you can.
  • #2 – Water bottle – keep a bottle of water with you at all times. It is so important to make sure you drink plenty of water, fill up your bottle every time you see a drinking water tap. If you are drinking alcohol then drink water as well as alcoholic drinks to prevent getting dehydrated.
  • #3 – Alcohol – If you are drinking Alcohol try to keep it to a minimum, you want to feel good and enjoy yourself at a festival, you don’t want to be suffering from a hangover the whole time. Remember the recommended limits for alcohol are 3-4 units a day for men and 2-3 units a day for women.
  • #4 – Try and eat healthily – this can be difficult at a festival when you are surrounded by fast food, all of which smells pretty good when you are hungry. Try and choose some healthier options, there is a huge variety of food at festivals so have a look round and see what takes your fancy, don’t just go for the nearest stall selling chips. It is a good idea to have some snacks with you in your bag to keep you going throughout the day, fruit and cereal bars are a good idea. Make sure you try and have a good breakfast too. If you have a stove then take some oats to make some porridge.
  • #5 – Toilet roll – You don’t want to be caught out, its best to keep some tissues with you in your bag.
  • #6 – Wet wipes – when showers are nowhere to be seen or the queues are miles long then wet wipes can be a God send to get rid of that mud and make you feel a little bit cleaner.
  • #7 – Sleep – plan your festival days to make sure that you get enough sleep. If you are dancing til late make sure you either have a lie in or grab some sleep in the afternoon so that you can do it all over again!
  • #8 – Sun cream – you will be outside most of the time and it is important to look after your skin. Apply sun cream regularly to prevent getting burnt. Wearing a wide brimmed hat is also a good idea to keep the sun off your head and protect your face and neck.
  • #9 – Clothing – you never know what the English weather might bring at a festival, so be prepared for everything. Remember it will get cold at night, so wear layers to keep warm. Don’t forget waterproofs, in this country it is bound to rain at least once! Make sure you change out of wet clothes into dry ones and don’t sleep in damp clothes.
  • #10 – First Aid kit – pack a little first aid kit in your bag with some plasters, antiseptic wipes and blister plasters. When you are on your feet all day your feet are likely to suffer and someone you are with might be very grateful if you can offer them a blister plaster to ease their painful feet! Keep cuts clean and use plasters to prevent an infection.

It is important to remember to look after yourself as well as enjoy yourself but if you do fall ill then there will be medical staff at the festival who can help you. It is a good idea to make sure you know where the medical centre is as soon as you get there. I hurt my neck at a festival a couple of years ago and the St John’s Ambulance team were great at looking after me, so don’t be afraid to find them and ask for help. If you are worried about your health before attending a festival then speak to your doctor for advice.

Keep healthy and enjoy yourself!