Deciding what drink to take or purchase for a festival can be a difficult decision. Many festivals have strict rules on what kinds of drink you can and cannot take with you. If everyone was able to take as much alcohol with them with no restrictions – many festival simply wouldn’t survive.
Obviously, no one wants to start their festival experience off with drink being confiscated or having to dump numerous crates of beer enroute to the campsite because it is just too heavy to carry all the way.
It is easy to get caught up in the excitement and hype around attending a festival but realistically it’s hard not to. Partying or chilling out with friends and the best live music is definitely something to get excited about. Taking alcohol to a festival is merely a part of the whole experience, kicking back with a refreshing alcoholic beverage whilst watching your favourite band perform compliments the care-free atmosphere.
Nevertheless, it is important to be wise when it comes to drinking; festival goers must remember that instead of waking up in a warm comfy bed with a cup of tea within reach, a cold tent and painful head is all you will be left with.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, preparing correctly will ensure that your experience runs smoothly and is as enjoyable as possible.
According to the Glastonbury and the Go Outdoors website, the best drink at a festival is water. Many festival attendees under-estimate how much walking they will be doing to and from the arena, and with a lack of sleep it is important to stay hydrated to avoid getting exhausted. It is a good idea to take a couple of bottles of water with you to refill as buying water at festivals can be a hassle and sometimes over-priced.
Energy drinks are a good way to start the day off when you’re feeling a little groggy, so it’s a reasonable idea to keep a stash in your tent when you’re feeling tired and worn out.
Many festivals don’t allow glass to be taken into the event and will search your luggage on arrival. It’s a lot easier to use plastic containers anyway as they are not as heavy and there is no threat of them smashing. It’s always a bit of a risk taking spirits as you don’t want to peak to early in the day, so if you want to have a good recollection of the bands you’ve seen, it’s best keeping them till later.
If you haven’t tried a certain type of drink before, save it till you get home. If it doesn’t agree with you body it may ruin your weekend so it’s a good idea to stick to what you know and like. Warm cider and beer isn’t the most delightfully tasting drink, so bear in mind that you won’t be able to keep drinks chilled.
Beers and lagers can also make you need the toilet a lot, which is not ideal when you are stood amongst hundreds of people in the middle of a crowd. A lot of festivals will not allow drink into the arena either, so make sure you take enough money to buy drinks once in there. Many of the drink tents and festival bars have a wide range of drinks which are chilled and fresh, which is definitely worth checking out. Most of the tents operate on a ‘Challenge 25’, so make sure you don’t forget your identification.
Taking water, drinking responsibly and knowing your limits, will ensure that you are set for a summer you won’t forget in a hurry.
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If you want to know how much you’re drinking, why not check out our article How many units are you drinking at an event?