Festivals are back with a bang this summer, and for many people they are a highlight of the summer that have been sorely missed over the last couple of years, with lockdowns and restrictions forcing many festivals to be postponed or cancelled. However, this is the summer to get back out there and enjoy it – however, there are some things to be aware of to make sure that your festival experience only leaves you with a positive experience and good memories…
Drugs and Alcohol – At festivals, people let their hair down and have a good time. For many, this includes the use of alcohol and other substances which are illegal. If you are drinking, especially in the heat it is important to make sure that you remain hydrated. A good way to do this is to drink water regularly between drinks and try to drink in moderation. Drugs are often readily available at festivals, but caution should be applied – buying substances off strangers can be a recipe for disaster. There are often helpful advice areas and first aid staff around the festival so if you are worried after taking something, seek help as soon as possible.
Safe Sex – Another thing that happens at festivals when people are letting their hair down, is sex. This of course is part of a festival experience for many and can even be the start of a lifelong romance, but practising safe sex is important. If you are worried that you have potentially caught an STI, there are many places that offer support, help and treatment so you don’t have to suffer in silence – these Bexley chlamydia testing kits are easy to get hold of, and there are places like this all over the UK. Unwanted pregnancy is also something that can happen without protection, but there are many services which can help you with this too.
Personal Possessions – Unfortunately crime does happen at festivals, so taking care of your valuables is something to be aware of. Don’t take anything with you that you don’t really need, and keep all of your valuables like ID, money and jewellery with you at all times – don’t leave it unattended in your tent.