15 May Health and music festivals: seven tips to get out unscathed
Watch the conditions of what you eat, avoid mayonnaise and other sauces with raw eggs, meats that are not properly cooked, and plan your meals in advance depending on the accommodation
During the summer and especially in these environments it will be essential that you take care of your hydration by drinking enough water
Avoid areas near the speakers and take some small plugs with you just in case. There are special ones that, although they do not avoid listening, cushion the pressure on the eardrum
To begin with, and according to the data that this comparator has had access to, eating healthy can prevent up to 8 out of 10 diseases. It also reduces the risk of being overweight, chronic diseases such as diabetes, cholesterol, heart problems, cancers, etc. That the festival is not the excuse to eat badly.
Watch the conditions of what you eat, avoid mayonnaise and other sauces with raw eggs, meats that are not properly cooked, and plan your meals in advance depending on the accommodation. If you have chosen an apartment it will be easier, but if you sleep in the camping it will be more limited. In that case, the idea is to do it with a small refrigerator and include ingredients such as ham, cheese, nuts, muesli, fruit, and other vacuum-packed foods.
Do not forget to brush your teeth after each meal, plaque begins to act after seven minutes. Also, brush your tongue and take the dental floss with you. If you forget and don’t have access to a supermarket, use paper napkins and water to remove as much plaque as possible.
Protect your skin from the sun and choose the most appropriate sunscreen based on its characteristics, how and when to apply it, and so on. Apply the cream at least half an hour before going out in the sun and apply it regularly. Look at the protection factor (SPF) and verify that it has UV and UVA protection. And that it has the CE seal – means that it has passed the controls of the European Union.
Also, protect your eyes and choose suitable glasses. You should know that not using them increases the risk of aging of the retina and that it is related to a greater number of eye diseases. The lenses should have the same CE label and a minimum UV filter of 99%. Keep an eye on the category number of the filter and don’t be guided by the color of the lens.
During the summer and especially in these environments it will be essential that you take care of your hydration by drinking enough water. To this must be added the effect of alcoholic beverages that are usually consumed at festivals, which increase dehydration.
Protect your eardrums
While enjoying music is the great goal of any festivalgoer, doing so does not require damaging their eardrums. And is that any sound that exceeds 80 decibels can be traumatic for the ear. Avoid areas near the speakers and take some small plugs with you just in case. There are special ones that, although they do not avoid listening, cushion the pressure on the eardrum. They will also help you to fall asleep and for the pool if there is one.
Remember to dry your ears when you get out of the water with the towel. And be careful with dives and dives, especially from great heights, where the pressure change is noticeable. And where there is the sudden entry of water into the ear canal. Do not bathe in waters that are not clean enough, especially in ponds and the like, a source of germs and bacteria.
Footwear and clothing: what to pack
Equip yourself with the appropriate clothing for the festival and pack a warm garment, preferably a comfortable and loose jacket that allows you to cover yourself if the temperatures drop. Find out about the weather before you leave and stay away from colds.
Regarding footwear, the best thing to do to go to a festival is to do it with closed footwear, preferably breathable. Forget heels, uncomfortable sandals, and others. These celebrations usually take place in open places, where dust and other external agents are the order of the day. Also, be aware that crowds can expose your feet to stomping and other impacts that could damage them. Do not forget to bring some flip-flops to avoid fungus in the camping showers, and pack socks that let your feet breathe.
Our mood is capable of influencing our behavior and is part of our mental health. And sometimes nerves can play tricks on us. To avoid surprises, the best thing to do is to organize the trip in advance, prepare all the documentation in advance, and even get travel insurance to avoid surprises. These are especially useful in case of traveling abroad, if the transport company – plane, train or the like – loses our luggage, steals us, an emergency situation occurs that forces us to return, and so on.
If you are going to travel by car, check the conditions of your policy for roadside assistance; “Some companies offer their clients another vehicle so that nothing stops their journey, but others only cover certain kilometers afterward”, comments Carlos Bruggemann, co-founder of Acierto.com. Before picking it up, likewise, check it properly (one in four drivers does not). Find out about traffic conditions and the best way to go before leaving home to avoid the crowds that this type of event usually entails. Once at the venue, setting up a meeting point with your friends is another trick that will allow you to stay calm.
Beyond what has been commented on and in somewhat more general terms. You should not forget to bring a small small aid kit that has the essentials: plasters, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, tape, some analgesic and anti-inflammatory, a few scissors, iodine, etc. . And don’t forget about the prophylactics!
In case of going to a festival abroad, check if your health policy has assistance outside our borders. You can also hire a specific one. Something that would not hurt, especially if you are going to travel outside the European Union (the European Health Card allows access to the national health system of those countries of the European Economic Area, but there are public co-payment and reimbursement systems). The ideal thing is to acquire one that covers illness, accident, and evacuation of the patient by medicalized plane. And if any risky activities are to be carried out, the coverage must specify them.
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