FESTIVALS: What To Do When...
All-day boozing, spending all your cash on street food and immersing yourself in body glitter. What could possibly go wrong?
1You’ve Lost Your Mates… scenario: one minute you’re having a group hug and belting craig David’s rewind together at the top of your voice; then suddenly you look up to realise you’re now dancing with a completely different bunch of people. you’re 99 per cent sure they could become your new best mates (and don’t knock that because we’ve made some incredible new mates at festivals and it’s kind of the point), but you’d like to see your BFF at least once. probs because she’s also carrying your wallet. assuming that you’d like to round up your mates pronto, download the Find my Friends (free, ios) or the tent Finder apps (free, ios) beforehand.
2 You’ve Overdone It… Too much booze, too little water and too much sun – who hasn’t been there? We’re all guilty of partying hard at festivals, but overdoing it is all too common. Should anyone in your group seem like they’ve pushed it a bit too far, there are a number of festivals with paramedics on site. But it’s wise to check out where they’re situated and to brush up on your own medical knowledge prior to leaving too. ‘If your friend has collapsed from drinking and isn’t responding to you, don’t leave them to it,’ says Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at the British Red Cross, which assists at festivals nationwide. ‘Check they’re still breathing, then turn them on their side and tilt their head back, as that’ll stop them from choking. Then get someone else to find a festival steward or call 999 and stay with them the whole time until help arrives.’
3 Your Wallet’s Gone Walkabouts… ‘Losing your purse at a festival is something many of us dread,’ says andrew Wayland, head of marketing at everyday Loans. ‘however, disaster can be avoided. setting up contactless banking on your phone beforehand will ensure you can still access your finances. if you do lose your purse, then notify staff as soon as possible and don’t forget to cancel your cards.’
4 You Feel In Danger… We’re all at risk of finding ourselves in difficult situations. ‘Call out unacceptable behaviour,’ says Renae Brown, membership and events co-coordinator at The Association Of Independent Festivals. ‘If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, festival
Pitch your tent uphill to avoid waking up in a puddle
security and staff will be able to take appropriate action. Larger festivals have brilliant welfare facilities and other festivals have areas for support services like Safe Gigs For Women and the White Ribbon Project. At the start of the festival, try to make a note of where these are located on site.’
5 Your Make-up Bag Disappears… What is it about festivals that means you lose everything at once? one way to avoid this is to pack each item into a different pocket in your bag so that any accidentally open zips mean you don’t lose everything. above all, we’d suggest taking minis – but if you are going to risk bringing your new charlotte tilbury lipstick, keep it with you at all times. other options include seeking out willing make-up artists to do the work for you. this year, festi-veterans Vanity Van (vanityvan.co.uk) are at glastonbury with the pop up spa – think hot tubs, showers and makeovers – and look out for Benefit’s glastonbrow drive-thru brow bar on the way to the festival. meanwhile, in your Dreams (inyour-dreams.com) are everywhere from Festival No 6 to Wilderness, beautifying the festival-going nation. Worth setting the alarm and styling out your hangover while getting your face done.
6 Your Phone Battery Dies… Everyone knows that, in 2017, there are charging ports at every festival. But you also know that you can experience long queues. Firstly, take two portable (fully charged) chargers for emergencies and check the website of the festival you’re travelling to for specifics. At Boardmasters festival, Charge Candy (chargecandy.com) is offering free portable phone chargers before the festival. When you need more power, drop by the charging station and swap it for a new fully charged one.
7 You Get Completely Soaked… Firstly, take preventative action. pitch your tent uphill to avoid waking up in a puddle. then think about layering, layering, layering. it’s the one thing that all regular festivalgoers know – to take several items of clothing should one outfit get completely soaked. also, take a roll of bin bags. keep one set of clothing in one bag, and dirty washing and damp clothes in another. you’ll be glad when you get into your tent shivering and need a dry jumper.
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