The festival season is in full swing and according to the Met Office the forecast for the rest of the season is for mostly dry and warm weather. As people make their annual pilgrimages to their favourite festivals both in the UK and across Europe, the Natural Hydration Council gives the top five tips for people to stay well hydrated during long festival days and nights:
- Don’t drink alcohol because you are thirsty! Quench your thirst first with water, squash or dilute fruit juice before drinking alcohol, this is particularly important during warm weather or when out in the sun.
- Keep a bottle of water in your tent so you can hydrate before you go to sleep, when you feel thirsty during the night and when you wake up in the morning.
- Alternate your alcoholic beverages with water to avoid a hangover. It’s best to take regular sips than guzzling water – so keep a supply of water with you.
- Be aware of signs of dehydration which can include headaches, nausea and dizziness. Also check your urine, it should be a pale straw colour, not dark yellow or brown.
- Most people will walk, dance and move quite a bit during a festival – and will need to rehydrate to make up for lost fluids during this activity – on average women should drink eight 200ml glasses and men should drink 10 200ml glasses of fluid per day but this could be more if fluids are lost during physical activity.
Dr Emma Derbyshire, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University and advisor to the Natural Hydration Council says:
“Drinking water and keeping hydrated aren’t always at the forefront of people’s minds when they are having fun at festivals. The combination of long days, warmer weather, alcohol consumption and physical activity like dancing or walking can all contribute to possible dehydration – which might ruin anyone’s festival.
“Keeping water to hand and taking sips regularly really will help keep dehydration and hangovers at bay – which means people can continue enjoying all festivals have to offer.”
The latest long term weather advice from the met office is for dry, warm weather.