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Staying safe at festivals
- Beware of dehydration – try and keep cool and drink enough water
- If you are drinking alcohol try to avoid having too much – it’s easy to get carried away and you don’t want to miss your favourite band!
- The safest thing to do is not take drugs at all, but if you do decide to take drugs there are some ways you can reduce the risks
- Avoid mixing substances (including alcohol) – this can be really risky as it becomes harder to control the experience
- Don’t buy substances from people you don’t know, as you have little idea of what you are getting – it is asking to get ripped off or worse
- Remember that drug laws still apply at festivals and the police might be there. Security staff work closely with the police.
- Be cautious about how much of a substance you use – don’t overdo it
- Taking drugs in an unfamiliar or crowded place is risky as you could end up feeling stressed or lost – stay with people you trust and look after each other
- Avoid smoking in tents to reduce the risk of accidental fires or burns
- Remember, be careful around new psychoactive substances: they aren’t legal and they may not be safe.
- Try and stay out of trouble – “it’s nice to be nice”
Practical tips for festivals
- Pack appropriate clothing and footwear. Expect the unexpected – baby wipes, torch, ear plugs, carrier bags, sun cream and ponchos can become essentials
- Charge your phone before you go
- Keep friends close and arrange meeting points in case you get separated
- Make sure you know where your tent is – use landmarks to help you locate this and places like the medical centre
- Ear plugs can help you to get some sleep so you can re-charge your batteries
- Take care in the sun – apply sun cream regularly
- Using condoms can protect against unplanned pregnancies and STIs – be aware that oil-based products (such as sun cream/hand gel/wet wipes) can damage condoms and cause them to split