Dr. Phelan By General Practitioner Published:

Festival season is now upon us. Although a time to enjoy great music, sunny days with friends, and make lasting memories, it’s also important that you look after your health and are prepared. Here are my top tips to watch out for this summer.

  1. Take your medicine
    If you are on repeat medication, even for something like hay fever, make sure you take it with you and plan ahead if your medication needs to be cooled or refrigerated.
  2. First aid kit
    Take a medical kit with essentials such as remedies for headaches, toothache, minor cuts, burns or bruises, bites and sunburn. And don’t forget a high factor sun cream!
  3. Know the health drill
    It’s worth checking what health and medical facilities are likely to be available at your festival. Many of them will have on-site facilities with paramedics and doctors around.
  4. Getting dirty
    Festivals can be rather unsanitary but do try to keep as clean as you can. Wet wipes and anti-bacterial gels are your best friend as you don’t want to miss out on the fun by getting sick.
  5. Night owls
    No matter how hot it is in the day, it will cool down at night, so remember to pack more than shorts and shades. Waterproofs will keep you both dry and warm.
  6. Sex, drugs and rock and roll
    If you’re a parent, have a frank chat with your teenagers about the dangers of drugs and the importance of practicing safe sex. You can have a discussion with your GP or local sexual health clinic about the best methods, or check online at a trusted site such as https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/protect-yourself-from-unwanted-pregnancy-stis/.
  7. Mind the noise
    If you spend too long in front of the loudspeakers, you could damage your hearing. Bring ear-plugs if you plan to be at the front all the time.
  8. Hydration
    Staying hydrated is important at festivals, particularly if you’re on the go for long periods, drinking alcohol or in the heat. So make sure you drink plenty of water.