Summer Health Tips
Spring and summer are hosts to a number of outdoor concerts and festivals, and some of the best ones happen in the southern states. From Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama featuring Chance the Rapper and TwentyOne Pilots, to the Beale Street Music Fest in Memphis, which will feature Snoop Dogg, MGMT, and Kings of Leon this year, it’s time to mark your calendars for an awesome outdoor event.
While these types of events are always fun and exciting, it’s important to be mindful of your health and safety if you’re going to attend any outdoor event. Here are some essential health and safety tips that you should know for this year’s outdoor concerts and festivals.
Drink plenty of water.
Perhaps the most important tip on here—be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day as you spend time outdoors. Especially if you are enjoying some alcohol, incorporate plenty of water into your fluid intake to stay well hydrated. Many people find themselves suffering from dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or even heatstroke after spending an extended period of time outdoors in hot weather. These conditions can result in body overheating, fainting, dizziness, headache, nausea, seizures, coma, or even death. The best way to prevent these symptoms is to drink plenty of water—even more than what you would drink on an average day. A good rule of thumb is to drink 16 to 32 ounces of cold water every hour. Take a cooler and as much cold water into the event that you are allowed, and purchase extra water soon after arriving if necessary.
Eat the right foods.
It’s okay to treat yourself to a tasty snack or two, but be careful not to overdo it on the fried foods and high sugar treats. These common festival type foods can cause digestive issues or leave you feeling less than your best. Be sure to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and grains as well. It’s especially important to eat the right foods if you’re drinking alcohol—drinking on an empty stomach increases the rate of alcohol absorption into the bloodstream and can lead more quickly to symptoms like nausea and vomiting.
Even if you tan well, wearing sunscreen is essential for preventing skin damage from ultraviolet rays. Opt for a waterproof sunscreen of SPF 25 or higher, and reapply every two hours.
Sport some shades.
Sunglasses will protect your eyes from sun damage and make it much easier to see in harsh sunlight. Look for a pair that offers 100% UV protection,
Wear a brimmed hat.
A hat isn’t just a fashion statement at an outdoor event—it’s also a great accessory for helping keep your face and neck cool and protected from the sun’s rays. Luckily, hats are having a major moment in fashion right now, so find a large brimmed hat or baseball cap that suits you!
Wear protective clothing.
Sunglasses and hats aren’t the only things that can protect you as you spend time outdoors. Don’t forget to consider other protective clothing as well. Breathable, light-colored clothing that covers your skin is best. It’s also a good idea to wear comfortable, padded shoes, as you could end up standing for the majority of the day. Don’t forget to pack a sweatshirt or light jacket as well—once the sun goes down, it could get pretty chilly.
Outdoor festivals and concerts are packed with people, which means there is a greater chance for exposure to harmful germs. These types of events also tend to have less-than-adequate bathrooms. Be sure to pack hand sanitizer and some antibacterial hand wipes to help stay germ-free.
Be mindful of where you stand.
Where you spend your time standing around can also have an effect on your health and safety. Are there large tents or trees around that offer shade? Try to find an open spot underneath for a break from the sun. Are you standing near large speakers like these as the concert is about to start? Consider moving in order to protect your ears from damage.
Know where health and safety personnel are located.
It’s important to know where you will find important health and safety personnel in case an emergency arises. Big music festivals tend to have medical tents staffed with professionals in case of a medical emergency. Large events also tend to staff security guards in case crowds grow out of control or guests to experience a threat to their safety. Don’t hesitate to contact the personnel if the need arises.
What are you some your concert tips to stay safe?