Festivals are fun, exciting, and vibrant. They are organized with the crowd’s safety and security in mind. But safety should not be the sole responsibility of organizers. Festival goers can also do their share of ensuring that they stay safe throughout the event. Here are simple ways to keep safe while making the most of your festival experience:
1. Leave valuables at home. If possible, do not bring anything worth stealing when you are heading to a festival. Skip the jewelry and use the least expensive items you have if you need to accessorize. This should free your mind of worries about losing things that are irreplaceable or too costly to replace. Always pay attention to your mobile phone and wallet. Do not put them where pickpockets could easily steal them.
2. Stay as a group. Stick with your group at all times. If you plan on mingling with the crowd on your own, make sure to arrange for regular meet-ups with your friends at designated points and times. This should help ensure that you stay in touch with your friends even if you lose sight of each other from time to time.
3. Avoid dark and isolated areas. Avoid venturing to dark or isolated areas on your own. If you need to go to the toilet, ask a friend to go with you. When camping, do not leave your tent easily accessible. Use a lock to secure your tent and make sure to check that everything is as you left it before settling in. Do not explore the outskirts of the camping grounds alone. Always carry a whistle or something that will call attention to you if you need help.
4. Never leave your drinks unattended. Never leave your drinks out of your sight. If you inadvertently forgot about it, make sure to get a replacement. This is to prevent anyone tampering on your drinks. Avoid accepting drinks from strangers, especially if you do not know what is in the mix.
5. Always keep a charged mobile phone with you. Make sure to check if your mobile phone is fully charged before going to the festival. Carry a portable charging device and keep it near you. Consider it as a safety precaution in case of an emergency. It will also make it easier for your loved ones and friends to get in touch with you if they need to.
6. Choose a campsite well. If possible, arrive at the campsite early so you can take time to pick the right spot for you. Choose a spot that is sufficiently lit at night or somewhere near a campsite staff’s area. Get to know the people occupying the plots near you and arrange to lookout for each others’ tents.
7. Stay alert. Stay aware of what is happening around you. Be alert and pay attention to anything that looks suspicious. Report anything potentially dangerous. It is better to err on the side of caution than putting yourself and everyone at risk by ignoring potential threats.
8. Eat and stay hydrated. Some festivals last for over two days. Make sure to eat regularly and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. This will not only keep you healthy but also give you the energy you need to enjoy the event to the fullest.