If you are heading to a festival this summer, make sure you take the steps to plan and prepare before you head off, tent on back and glow sticks in hand, so that you, your mates and your things are kept safe at all times. Fun is the goal, however safety should always be at the top of your priorities.
How to Keep Festival Safe This Summer
1/ Sun safe
Heatstroke, sunburn, heat exhaustion and dehydration are common issues we see at festivals as often you will be without shade and in direct sunlight for long periods. Always make sure you wear a hat, seek out shade where possible, apply and reapply sunscreen of at least factor 15, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Heat exhaustion can be serious if left untreated, and symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, muscle weakness or cramps, tiredness and high temperature. Make sure you seek medical attention straight away if you feel unwell.
2/ Setting up camp
There are a few things you can do to make sure that you are safe on arrival. Make sure you think about where to pitch your tent, so it is close to a landmark and easy to find, and if possible close to where security are. Also, although you may want to be close to a path, being a bit further back is probably safer, as you are surrounded by tents and people.
Before you head off into the festival wilderness, make sure mobile batteries are fully charged, everyone in the group notes the landmark/location of tent. Also, make sure you all agree a place to meet up at a certain time of day, so that if someone gets lost and loses their phone, they will be able to locate the group.
3/ Personal safety
Always stay in a group, and don’t wonder off alone wherever possible. Also, try to stick to lit and populated areas, especially at night, and never leave your drink unattended. Stay alert and if you see or hear potential trouble starting – like a crowd becoming loud or obnoxious – then simply move away.
Although having fun is a priority – be mindful of how much alcohol you consume. Especially in hot weather. The motto may be “go big or go home” – however going home in an ambulance isn’t really a festival goal.
If you have a friend that is prone to trouble or getting extremely drunk, perhaps a quiet (and subtle) word with them before the event would be a good idea. How useful this will be depends on them, but at least you have voiced your thoughts.
Should you come back to your tent to find someone you don’t know in there, then go and find security, campsite staff or others to approach them. It could be a harmless mistake, however best to let site officials handle it and best not to approach on your own.
4/ Property safety
Of course, the most sensible option is to keep anything of real value at home and not take with you. If driving then remove anything that could be of value and attract thieves, ensure there is nothing in the car that could attract attention, and ensure you leave the glovebox empty and open so people don’t think it’s packed with goodies.
Keep cash, card and phones on your person at all times in a secure bag or pocket – don’t just put in back pocket as for savvy thieves a busy crowd of people is the perfect opportunity to grab these never to be seen again. It is a good idea to have your banks lost card details with you just in case you need to cancel a card before any real damage is done.
Add your name and postcode on to your tent or mark it with something, its less likely to be stolen if it is clearly identified. Never put a padlock on your tent as this seems to be a green flag to thieves that you have something worth keeping safe.
If you are a victim of any crime – even a near miss – then report it immediately to site police or festival staff. It is important to report everything as this will allow staff to be on the lookout and help to protect others.
Have fun, and keep safe!