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Music festival survival guide: How to stay fresh

Music festival survival guide: How to stay fresh

Headed to a music festival? Here's what you need to bring if you want to stay clean while listening to those oh-so-fresh tracks:

Make hydration a priority

In a festival environment, dehydration can sneak up on you. While you're rocking out to your favorite band, your body is likely losing water and electrolytes through sweat. According to the Mayo Clinic, severe dehydration requires hospitalization, so pay close attention to your body's needs. When the weather is hot, drink lots of water.

If the festival allows, bring your own water in sealed bottles – if they're open, you may have to surrender them at the gates. Likewise, consider drinking fruit juice or sports drinks to maintain electrolyte and sodium levels.

Always be prepared for emergencies

In the excitement of a fantastic show, anything can happen, including mild cuts and bruises. If you don't want to spend an hour in line at the medical tent waiting for a bandage, be sure to bring your own. Here are few things to include in your travel first-aid kit:

  • Bandages.
  • Gauze.
  • Medical tape.
  • Antibacterial ointment.
  • Antihistamine ointment.
  • Pain reliever.

Bring extra clothes

You never know when sweat, spilled drinks or powder paint will ruin your outfit, so always bring more articles of clothing than you think you'll need. For instance, if you're attending a two-day festival, pack four outfits in case the weather changes or your clothes get stained.

Most importantly – bring extra undies. It's amazing what a fresh pair can do on a hot day, especially if there aren't any showering facilities at the festival site. A quick cleanse with a few wet wipes and a change of underwear can make you feel like a new person!

Defend yourself from the sun

Many festivals don't offer much shade. If you're going to be exposed to the harsh rays of the sun all day, be prepared to protect yourself.

On the day of the festival, check the UV Index. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you should always wear 30+ SPF sunscreen if you intend on going outside for prolonged periods of time. If the UV Index score is three or higher, consider wearing a hat and long sleeves for better sun protection. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours.

Create a travel hygiene kit

Using a clear cosmetic bag or similar carrying case, you can create a compact, all-purpose hygiene kit.

Let's face it – the most daunting aspect of any music festival is the bathroom situation. Will there be portable toilets? Outdoor handwashing stations? Who knows? Bringing your own wet toilet paper can prevent any unnecessary problems when it comes to your bathroom needs.

A kit composed of flushable wipes, deodorant, a water-free travel toothbrush, dry shampoo and feminine products will keep you clean and fresh throughout the festival.

TL;DR

Here's a quick list of supplies to help you keep fresh at your next music festival:

  • Water bottles.
  • Healthy snacks.
  • Travel first-aid kit.
  • Extra clothes.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • A hat.
  • ZolyTM Wet Toilet Paper.
  • Deodorant.
  • Dry shampoo.
  • Disposable toothbrush.

A well-stocked backpack will help you have a great festival experience, no matter where the music takes you. For more hygiene tips, check out our guide to sanitizing and non-sanitizing wet wipes.

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