Festival season is well and truly here! If you’re headed to one of the biggest music events this summer, don’t forget to look after yourself as best you can. Spending time out in the elements, drinking a tad too much, and getting little sleep can have a real impact on your health. Luckily, the plant pushers have got you covered. Here’s what you need to know about staying as fit as a fiddle.
Get your supplies early
Always be prepared! In the lead-up to a big festival, you might be more concerned with the lineup and what you’re going to wear than anything else. Still, making sure that you have all the supplies you might need ahead of time will save you trouble later. It’s just plain good sense.
Stocking up on healthy snacks, antibacterial gels, water, and sunscreen is key. If you’re camping, check the guidelines on the festival page to see what you are and aren’t allowed to take onto the site. The more handy supplies you have with you, the better you will be prepared for anything that might happen.
Keep your skin safe
In case you haven’t heard (of course, you have!), the UK is in the midst of a heatwave. It’s positively sweltering right now. What’s more, reports suggest that this glorious weather we’ve been having isn’t going anywhere for at least two weeks. While that’s great news for this year’s batch of festival-goers, there’s one thing that can’t be overlooked. You have to protect your skin.
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Covering up – with hats and long sleeves – is one option, but you should also make sure that you wear sunscreen. Those with fair skin are particularly at risk and should use a high factor protection at all times. Oh, and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Of course, keeping healthy in the heat isn’t only about skin protection. You also need to hydrate. This is especially important if you happen to be having a few cheeky ciders throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to tiredness, dizziness and nasty headaches as well as more serious medical issues in the long-term. It’s no small matter.
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So, what can you do to make sure you’re giving your body what it needs? Well, it’s quite simple. Carrying a bottle of water with you is a great place to start. Most festival sites have water fountains where you can fill up your own bottles throughout the event. Aside from that, you might want to get your thirst-quenching fix by drinking some vitamin-packed cold-pressed juices.
Fuel up on healthy food
Temptation is an awful thing. Greasy burgers, deep-fried doughnuts, and the cheesiest of snacks are rife at most festivals. When you’re feeling hungry (or hangry!), you might find yourself tucking into a few too many guilty pleasures. Having the odd treat is no big deal but spending three-to-four days binging on nothing but harmful junk food is a recipe for disaster.
Thankfully, there’s another way to go. The moment you get inside the festival, scout out the healthiest (and tastiest) of food vendors for later in the day. When you’re feeling peckish, you’ll know just where you need to go and won’t ‘accidentally’ opt for the naughtiest choice. Over the last few years, festival food has changed dramatically and there are now more health-conscious options than ever.
This summer, the plant pushers have already been fuelling up festival-goers around the UK with 100% plant-based food. Our next stop is Sheffield’s own Tramlines festival where we’ll be offering nutritious combo bowls, cold-pressed juices and more. Watch this space!