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Festival Safety: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Here at Trespass, we’re officially declaring festivals as one of the best forms of entertainment around. Being outdoors (check) with friends (check) and amazing music (check) are the main ingredients for a scrumptious summer of sun-fuelled fun. But just like many of our favourite activities, there are hidden dangers that can be easily overlooked amid all of the excitement.

Fortunately, we’ve prepared a list of things for you to be wary of, keeping yourself out of trouble and maximising your summer experience. If everyone takes a little time to look out for themselves and the people surrounding them, there will be nothing to spoil those memory-making moments.

Tickets

Before you’ve even set foot on festival turf, make sure you’ve bought your tickets from a reputable vendor, or one who is an official retailer of the festival’s tickets. Often you’ll find fake tickets for sale from suspicious websites and at marked-up prices, usually after the festival has declared a sold-out status. Nobody wants to be paying sky-high prices just to get turned away at the entrance, so take the time to ensure you’re on the safe side when purchasing yours – and do it well enough in advance!

Valuables

The last time we dished out festival tips, we mentioned that you should avoid bringing any valuables. But chances are, you’ll be taking your phone, some cash and one or two other important items which are impossible to leave at home. You can make sure these are kept safe by having them on your person at all times. This could be in a backpack if you’re carrying a lot, or in a bum bag if it’s a little. We recommend not to keep them in your pockets, as these are not secure and can be easily accessed by others. If you insist on going for the pocket option, however, store your valuables in your front ones.

Another smart move is to avoid drawing attention to your valuables. This means not wearing any pricey jewellery or taking your flashy new phone out too often. You can also keep things safe by not padlocking your tent. This may seem counter-intuitive, but a lock will draw attention to your tent and signify that there are valuables kept inside. Besides, they won’t stand up to the test of a determined thief.

Getting Lost

Festivals are more fun in a group, and there’s less chance of being harassed or getting into trouble if you’re surrounded by people you know. But there may not always be a friend on hand, or you might have drifted away from the group without realising. If this happens, head to somewhere stewards are operating or near a clear location such as a landmark. It might be best to agree on somewhere to meet beforehand if one of you gets lost and phones are dead.

Have a headcount of your friends at least a couple of times a day, and make sure everyone from your group is back at their tent each night. This ensures that nobody has disappeared off during the day and is left unaccounted for.

Make an effort to work out where the police are positioned in case of an emergency or you feel unsafe. There will be staff stationed throughout the festival site who are there to help you out.

Health

There are several potential health hazards to be wary of at festivals. Sunshine is always appreciated but equal problems especially after prolonged exposure. Sun cream is a real no-brainer as nothing is fun with sunburn. Sunstroke, heatstroke and dehydration are also things to keep in mind. It’s highly advised that you drink water regularly throughout the day and spend time in the shade when you get the chance. Remember: it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Endeavour to keep clean throughout the weekend. It may seem as though everyone has a laissez-faire attitude to hygiene at a festival, but it’s neither pleasant nor healthy to skip it altogether. Make sure to brush your teeth regularly and bring baby wipes for a make-shift shower if proper facilities aren’t available.

Festivals are full of great people, and there’s a chance you might meet someone special. Despite all the excitement and euphoria, it’s essential to keep yourself protected. Condoms stave off STIs and pregnancy, and most festivals give them away for free. So, stock up on protection and practice safe sex. Contracting something unpleasant disease is an easy way to ruin your whole weekend, and even the rest of your life if you’re not careful.

Alcohol and Other Substances

Drinking is a major part of festival culture. Overdoing it, however, can be bad news. It’s essential to take it easy and ensure you mix things up with some water every now and again to prevent dehydration. We also suggest never leaving your drink unattended, as it’s not uncommon to be spiked.

Unsurprisingly, it is likely there will be drugs at your festival. While we advise steering clear of them entirely, it’s important to note that you won’t know where they have come from, you can’t be sure what they are, and you won’t know what effect they will have on you. There are horror stories every year about people not knowing what they have taken or overdosing on illicit substances. If you or someone you know has consumed something and are worried, visit the festival’s medical station immediately.

If you do decide to take something, make sure you’ve told a friend, keep them nearby and drink water regularly.

Family

Not all festivals are suitable for families, but there are lots of options out there for parents with kids. It really goes without saying, but your main priority should be not to let them run off. It’s often better to opt for a carrier than a buggy or pram as you’ll no doubt be covering mixed terrain.

Remember to bring everything your child will need with you. This means food, a change of nappies and any toys they can’t go without. They will also likely need help at the toilets, so make an effort to learn where these are ahead of time to save any accidents.

Now you’re suitably prepared for any horrors that might be headed your way, it’s time to start packing:

Check out our Festival Essentials to get set for the summer of a lifetime >>>

Or get some more festival tips + tricks from the:

Trespass Ultimate Festival Survival Guide >>>

Written by: Natalie Green