Festivals are known for being a dirty affair, with muddy puddles, gross toilets, and greasy Food being just some of the delights that await you when you set up home in the middle of a field. But whilst this is all in aid of seeing some of your favourite bands live, it doesn’t always need to be such a grimey gathering.
Believe it or not festivals don’t have to be all about burgers and cider (although everything in moderation) but you can make it more quinoa and coconut water by incorporating a few of these healthy festival hacks into your weekend.
Festivals are tiring and whilst the food trucks that populate the fields are now more gourmet than ever before, packing a few healthy snacks in your rucksack before you leave can help to fill that little void in your tummy when the familiar hunger rumble strikes.
Obviously you’ll need to Avoid anything that needs to be kept cold or warmed up. Pack things like rice cakes and nuts which are easily transportable and easy to eat. You could also prepare some raw chocolate bites in advance as a tasty but nutritious treat, this recipelooks particularly delicious.
Cider is the ultimate festival drink and you should certainly indulge in a couple whilst you’re there, but with a Koppaberg racking up an astonishing 35g of sugar per 330ml it may be time to swap it out for a healthier alternative such as a gin and tonic.
Don’t forget to keep yourself topped up with non-alcoholic fluids either. It can be tempting to drink from dawn through to dusk but your body will soon become dehydrated and fatigued. Carry a bottle of water at all times, especially if you’re lucky enough for the sun to shine.
Know the Rules
It’s easy to get carried away at a festival and think the usual rules and regulations that apply in real life don’t apply when you’re in a field, so make sure you avoid any unwanted trouble and ready up on the rules before you go.
Some festivals may have rules on where you can and can’t smoke but you could always try using e-cigarettes instead; not only is vaping less harmful for you, but the smell won’t cling to your clothes (always a bonus when you can’t shower!). You might also want to read up on photography rules, entry and exit times, and lost person and property guidelines. It’s also worth looking into the rules on taking your own food and drink into the festival arena, as some only allow you to consume your own goods in the campsite.
Unless your budget stretched to luxury camping then unfortunately you’ll be left to pitch your own tent – not always an easy feat at the best of times, let alone when mud, rain and the dark are involved.
Pick your camping spot wisely and avoid being near pathways or too close to the stages as they can be particularly disruptive with campers heading back to their tents at night and performers sound checking in the morning. Avoid being near the toilets too but that one’s pretty self-explanatory.
Fashion and Beauty Hacks
As we’ve just mentioned your shower is more likely to resemble a packet of baby wipes than a double head shower combo – insert all the sad faced emoji’s – but you can make sure your festival look rivals a supermodels Coachella ensemble with a few top tips.
You hair will get messy, but by stocking up on dry shampoo and hairspray beforehand you’ll be able to avoid any hair disasters. Style your hair into waves before you go, on the second day pop a fedora on to hide greasy roots, and on day three you could try out one of these braid tutorials. Wellies will be your best friend, and don’t forget to pack a mac and denim shorts too – they are the must-have festival staples after all!
Being healthy doesn’t mean you’re being a party pooper, in fact by being more health conscious you’ll have much more energy to stay up late and beat the festival slug that follows once you return back to reality – happy camping!