Festivals are arguably one of the most fun places to go, either alone or with a group of friends. However they can easily get out of control, so it’s crucial that you take steps to keep yourself safe.
Here are some tips for staying safe at festivals:
One of the best ways to keep yourself safe is to simply just ensure that you’re aware of what’s happening around you. Keep an eye out for any situations which could get out of control, or anyone who seems to be lurking or following you around.
Often we ignore our instincts and intuition, but our “gut feeling” can often be telling us something important, so it’s important to listen.
Stay with people you trust
Of course many people go to festivals solo, and you should definitely take the opportunity to make new friends, but spend some time talking to them and find out who they are before they become your new besties. Remember, if you’ve just met someone they could be pretending to be anyone, so it’s important to keep your wits about you.
Most festivals will have charging points, so be sure to have a fully charged phone throughout the festival. After dark you may want to keep a small flashlight on you so you don’t go tripping all over the place. It’s also a good idea to have a meeting point organised with your friends so if you get split up you can all meet there.
While you’re likely to be drinking plenty of alcohol at the festival, it’s important to take care of your body. Don’t get so drunk you can’t walk, and be sure to drink plenty of water and eat some healthy food at some stage as well.
Don’t take drugs
Festivals are a hotspot for drug use, and you may find yourself being offered something at some stage. Remember, you have no idea what’s in that pill, or what effect it will have on your body. Some of the worst stories about festivals have been because someone has taken drugs and ended up seriously sick or dead. This safety advice article has some excellent tips for festival-goers.
Leave the valuables at home
The best way to avoid losing your camera or laptop is to not bring it to the festival in the first place. Festivals are excellent opportunities for theft, and you’ll hopefully be having so much fun that you won’t actually need your laptop anyway.
Put your money in a few different spots so that if you are robbed you’ll have a backup, and be sure to keep a look out on other peoples tents near you.
Have an Exit Plan
Be sure that you know the layout of the festival, and where to find help, toilets, and exits. Memorise a few key points of interest, and imagine what they would look like in the dark, so if anything happens you know where you’re going. If you need legal advice, be sure to talk to Pryers Solicitors.