We love festivals. Love them.
We met at a festival in East London. Without festivals, there would be no FOGA. However, we’re all too aware that they’re not the easiest place to maintain balance – we’re as guilty as anyone at getting carried away and regretting it long into the next week!
This isn’t another health blog about how to remove the fun from festivals though. We believe that wellness is about nourishment not deprivation. These are our best tips for making the most out of festival season and keeping you looking and feeling great until home time.
Bring a reusable water bottle. Obviously. You’re a millennial. A reusable bottle helps to reduce waste but also keeps you prepared. At festivals water is often something you think about when you really need it, so keep the bottle filled and sip away over the course of the day to keep dehydration at bay until the headliners. Alcohol and coffee can be awful for a dehydrated system, so drinking lots of water helps you keep ticking over and leaves you free to have some fun. Bonus, it’s one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking great 🙂
So you’re not going to get much. We all know that. Just make sure the sleep you do get is good. A smart move is to check how the grass feels where you want to pitch up when you arrive. Lie down and snuggle in. It’s the best way to avoid finding a rock where your shoulder should be at dawn! Even when you’ve got a perfect spot to sleep on, there will still be music, noise and light. Bring an eye mask so that the early light doesn’t have you struggling to get back to sleep, and some ear plugs so you only have to hear the acts you love.
Back on water. Drink 500ml as soon as you wake up. Actually, do that every day not just at festivals. You know your bladder better than I do – if you’ll be able to sleep through the night, then do the same before you go to bed too.
There’s lots of food on offer at festivals, but it’s not always the most nutritious. Look out for the curry stand – that veggie korma is often the best source of whole veg in the festival.
We try to steer clear of the fried and processed, but sometimes you just need a burger. When that’s the case, grab a plantshake too. They fit into the tiny spaces in your bag (or pocket) and are crazy easy to make. Have it in the morning to start the day off well, or in the mid-afternoon to see you through to the evening meal. It’s a tasty and easy way to have something nutritious when you really need it.
Our festival survival pack should give you just what you need for the weekend 😉
Yes, I know you go the the gym and you’re pretty fit. That 45 minute class doesn’t really prepare our bodies for 12 hours of dancing though! Especially when you’re wearing unsupportive wellies. A good stretch will go a long way to keeping you going and shaking off the aches from sleeping in a tent.
We’re not talking about your finest yoga here (although that yoga brunch is great too) just five minutes focussing on your calves, hip flexors, quads and glutes will make a world of difference.
You only need to get this wrong once. I take three things to festivals: reusable cotton pads (we ditched baby wipes because of the fat-berg 😳), micellar water and suncream. Streamlining the regime saves weight and makes room for that biodegradable glitter! Suncream doubles as moisturiser and is the single most valuable anti-aging habit you can adopt.
Festivals should be a blast, we believe you can maintain some balance without getting in the way of fun. Staying hydrated, sleeping well (when you do sleep) and having the right food can make a good festival great.