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Music festivals are meant to be the time of your life, but for too many festival goers they can wind up being the end of their life. Every year the major music festivals report deaths due to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and drug overdose.

Music festivals are still a great time and you shouldn’t stay away because of these concerns. There are a few simple precautions you can take to make sure you will stay safe at any music festival you go to!

Stay Hydrated
This is a must for any festival. The majority of festivals take place during the warmer seasons, and you might find yourself out in the sun for pretty much the entire day. Not only that, but there’s a good chance you’ll be doing plenty of walking from stage to stage and of course dancing to the music. Because of this, it is imperative that you stay hydrated.

Some festivals are better about providing water stations than other, but make sure you know the locations of all of them so you can get water whenever you need to. It’s never a bad idea to bring a water bottle if security allows it, or better yet a Camelbak.

Take Breaks
If you start to feel fatigued, don’t be afraid to find a shady spot and rest for a while. There will be plenty of other sets to catch throughout the day, so there’s no reason to push your body harder than it can handle.

A lot of music festivals will feature on-site food vendors, and while they are generally overpriced, grabbing a quick bite can be a great way to pry yourself from the music for a little while so you can recharge.

Dress For The Event
Another pro-tip for any festival goer is to consider the environment you’ll be in while picking out your wardrobe. Since heat exhaustion is a major concern, make sure you dress in short clothing. Pay attention to the fabric as well, and spring for options that will be comfortable and breathe.

Hats are generally a good idea to help avoid sunburn and ease the strain on your eyes. Lastly, make sure you wear comfortable shoes that will support your feet. You will likely be doing a lot of walking, dancing, and standing around, so do yourself a favor and treat your feet to a sturdy pair of sneakers.