Written by Rebecca Groom
It’s about that time of year again, guys! The sun is shining (sometimes), school is winding down, you’re counting your vacation days, and summer festivals are almost upon us! Whether you are an old pro, or this is your first summer festival, Bands on a Budget has you covered with tips for making the most of the summer season in our four part series!
Part One: Health & Safety
If you live on the east coast, you know how brutal our summers can be. Regardless of where you are, it is extremely important you drink as much water as possible. It’s easy to lose yourself in the fun and festivities, but trust us, dehydration is no fun. Check with the festival’s website for their rules and regulations on what you can bring in. Most of the time, they allow you some type of water receptacle and offer refilling stations. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS! Buying water at festivals is expensive and you probably want to save your money for something better, like beer and band merch.
If you’re going to a weekend or longer festival, we suggest investing in a Camelbak. They’re super convenient, portable water bottles you can wear on your back with a straw. This way, your hands are free and you have a spot to store your things. They can run on the pricey side, but they are definitely worth it.
Skin cancer is not cool, yo. But on a less serious note, being so burnt you can’t move can ruin your whole week. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends you apply thirty minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours. If you end up swimming/getting wet, reapply more. Get close with your friends or strangers, and have someone help to get all the areas you can’t reach so you don’t end up splotchy. Remember to get your face, eyelids, ears, and lips!
This part can be tricky, because festival food can be expensive. If you have any type of dietary restrictions, this can be made close to impossible. Check with your festivals regulations on what you can bring and pack some granola bars/protein bars/etc. to have a quick snack. While we at Bands On A Budget cannot condone sneaking in food if it’s not allowed, we can tell you that people may or may not have done this in the past. If you want, set aside some food money separate from play money so you don’t end up blowing it all on a really cool sweatshirt. Or do, we won’t tell you how to live your life.
If you’re camping for the festival, like Bonnaroo or Firefly, we suggest bringing a cooler with food and a small grill. It might end up being more cost effective in the end.
If you’re of age and want to drink, have at ye. We suggest knowing where your limit is and to drink more water than you were originally going to. Alcohol dehydrates you quickly and can quickly ruin your festival experience. If you’re with someone who you may think be dehydrated/have alcohol poisoning, take them to the first aid tent immediately.
First Aid Tent:
There is always at least one at a festival. A lot of them are more than willing to help if you are having issues. Know where it is and never feel like you cannot take yourself or anyone else there. While we, again, do not condone underage drinking or illegal drug use, it is necessary to cover it. Especially because of the media attention it has garnered from past festivals and their guests getting very sick or dying.
**If you or anyone you are with is throwing up, unresponsive, not acting themselves, seem very sick etc. TAKE THEM TO THE TENT. It could mean the difference of a life. Most of the tents will not be there to reprimand you, but rather to help you. If there are repercussions later, whatever they are is better than having someone die. This has been a PSA**
Stay tuned for part 2 next week when we tackle transportation to the festival!