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Spalding Guardian columnist Dr Kevin Hill with a rock festival survival guide

Festivals are fast becoming the highlight of the British summer, so Lincolnshire East CCG has some tips to help you to make the most of your time.

If you’re off to any event this summer follow these simple seven survival tips:

1. Water

Cambridge Rock Festival 2019 - Cats In Space
Cambridge Rock Festival 2019 - Cats In Space

Festival-goers are susceptible to dehydration due to dancing all day and night, sunny weather and alcohol consumption.

You can easily combat this by ensuring that you drink plenty of water and often, it will also give you more energy to party on! Keep a refillable water bottle on you.

2. Heavy drinking

Don Airey at the 2019 Cambridge Rock Festival
Don Airey at the 2019 Cambridge Rock Festival

Drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period can increase your risk of accidents, misjudging risky situations and losing self-control.

It’s recommended drinking more slowly, drinking with food and alternating alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks.

Drinking plenty of water whilst consuming alcohol will also prevent dehydration, which is what causes many symptoms of a hangover.

3. Sun safety

Wisbech Rock Festival 2019..The Real Thing
Wisbech Rock Festival 2019..The Real Thing

Don’t forget to take a hat, sunglasses and sun cream to keep you safe from the sun, and spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is strongest.

Apply sun cream regularly and use at least SPF 15, however SPF 50 will give you the best protection.

Don’t be tempted to leave sun essentials behind if the weather’s looking glum – you can still damage unprotected skin, even when it’s cloudy!

People enjoy the music at Iwade Rocks Festival. Picture by: John Westhrop
People enjoy the music at Iwade Rocks Festival. Picture by: John Westhrop

Staying safe in the sun and drinking plenty of water will also prevent you suffering from heat exhaustion and, in severe cases, heat stroke.

4. Hypothermia

Sunny days can turn into chilly nights, so don’t forget to pack extra layers to keep you warm when out at night.

If you’re camping, keep your tent stocked with warm, dry clothing and blankets.

Also, don’t forget to grab those wellies and a raincoat – we all know it has a habit of raining during festival weekends!

5. Clean hands

The chance of picking up a bacterial or viral stomach bug is higher when around larger numbers of people and using communal facilities.

Washing your hands well and regularly with hot soapy water is the most effective way of preventing a stomach bug, but keep anti-bacterial gel on you to avoid being caught out.

Take plenty of your own toilet roll and wet wipes to reduce your reliance on communal items.

6. Ear plugs

Listening to loud music for any length of time could damage your hearing, however wearing earplugs while listening to live music can reduce sound levels by between 15 and 35 decibels.

7. The medical centre

Find where the medical centre is. It is usually centrally located and easily identified, or festival stewards will help point you in the right direction.

Take enough of any prescription medication you may need, as the medical centre might not be able to supply you with this.

For more on how to stay safe and healthy this summer, visit www.nhs.uk

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