How to Stay Hydrated at Summer Festivals
When the weather turns nice, it doesn't get much better than getting outside and enjoying a concert in the evening. But in the heat of summer, heat stroke is a serious danger, and when the temperature climbs into the triple digits, you have to take extra precautions to make sure that you don't up spending part of your summer suffering in the hospital. Luckily, keeping cool doesn't have to be a difficult thing. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat.
Start Preparing Early
Avoiding problems with heat stroke starts before you even get to the concert by making sure you're dressed comfortably. As much as you might want to show your support for your favorite band, you need to be smart about how you do it. If you're going to be sitting in the sun for several hours, a black long-sleeved shirt is going to have you struggling badly well before the band you came to see even takes the stage. Wear loose-fitting clothing that helps keep you cool by focusing on lighter colors. The important thing is that you need to be as comfortable as possible. If you've absolutely got to have something representing your band, take a few extra dollars and buy a loose-fitting, light-colored shirt at the concert. You'll get a new souvenir out of it, one you'll want to keep for many years.
It also helps to make sure to drink water or sports drinks before you head to the show. When you're going to be in the sun for a while, every bit of hydration you can get is critical. Make sure that you bring a cold bottle of water before you leave for the show and consume it on the drive to the venue.
Know the Venue
One of the most important parts of figuring out how to stay hydrated is to be familiar with the venue and the ways to keep cool. The best thing to know is whether the venue allows outside beverages to be brought in, and if so, what the restrictions are. For example, some venues are happy to allow you to bring a bottle of water in, but it has to be in a sealed, clear plastic container. Whatever the rules are, if the venue allows any outside beverages, take advantage of that and bring as much as you're allowed to bring.
If the venue doesn't allow outside beverages, that's not a problem. It just means that you'll need to have extra cash available to buy drinks, and you'll also have to know where the nearest concession area is located. The last thing you want if you're struggling with the heat is to have to hunt for a place to buy a cold drink. When people are getting settled into the venue, that's the time to find the concession stand and determine what they sell.
You'll also want to see if the venue has a cooling station, which is often the case for outdoor venues in the summer. A good cooling station will be spraying water and will likely be near a water fountain, allowing patrons the chance to cool off in multiple ways. It's also likely to be near a first aid station, which will be ready to treat heat stroke if the worst happens.
During the Show
Once the show gets started, you want to be sure that you're drinking plenty of water at all times. Many concertgoers like to enjoy a few alcoholic beverages during the show, but on a scorching day, that might not be the best idea. Alcohol can dehydrate you very quickly under the best of circumstances, and when the temperature is pushing 100 degrees, even the coldest beer is going to leave you feeling the heat. If you do choose to drink alcohol, do so sparingly and make sure to balance it out by drinking plenty of water. If you find yourself sweating a lot during the show, it might be a good idea to look into buying a sports drink along with your water. A good sports drink will put energy back into your body, making sure that you can better withstand the heat and keep yourself hydrated.
One Final Tip
Nobody ever wants to have to leave a show early, but if you find yourself with a throbbing headache, dizziness or other signs of heat stroke, head for the exits and get to a cooler place. It's tough to have to leave the concert before it's over, but it's far better to leave under your own power and be able to come back to a future show than to have to be carried out and taken to the emergency room.