#1 Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more! Those of us living at 5,280 feet above sea level are more aware of the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated than most, but it never hurts to check ourselves. Too much booze is a great way to ruin the whole show. The general consensus is that we should drink 8 glasses of water per day. This is actually incorrect! To figure out how much water you should be drinking each day, divide your weight, (in pounds) by 2. The resulting number is the number of ounces of water you need each day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water daily. I know it’s tempting to load up on beer and margaritas when you are enjoying music on a warm night, but avoid too much alcohol. It can be unhealthy, and can cause more dehydration. The good news is that you can eat your daily dose of water in addition to drinking it. How about a big slice of water melon on the side of that daiquiri, or some carrots to scoop up that dip? If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated, so go fill up your water bottle!
#2 Always wear weather appropriate clothes. Light-weight clothing with plenty of ventilation and breathability is the best. If you will be out at an all day festival, bring layers along for the ride. If you get chilly as the sun goes down and the mosh pit starts to calm, throw on a jacket, but do not dress for night time temperatures in the morning or you will just be asking for trouble.
#3 Be sure to have sunscreen on hand at all times. It does not take long to get crispy, and when you are having fun you may not notice until it is too late. Keep yourself protected by using a minimum of SPF 30, and wearing sunglasses and a hat.
#4 Eat light, heart-healthy foods. Not only do these types of foods taste great on a hot, summer day, but they can help replace minerals and nutrients that may be lost from a day in the sun. Healthy foods are nearly impossible to find at most events, so bring some snacks, or have something ready to eat when you get home.
#5 Find some shade. When you are in between bands that you love, find a shady spot to sit and relax.
Before spending a day in the sun, be sure to read up on the symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion. http://firstaid.webmd.com/heat-exhaustion-treatment
So go buy those tickets! And don’t forget the sunscreen and water bottles!
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