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5 ways to survive a festival

This year, you’ll be well-prepped to dodge the dehydration, sunburnt skin and gippy tum


Festivals (even cloudy ones) could mean sun damage. And what with mosh pits, group hugs and sweat, suncream can rub off quicker than you can say ‘mystery guest on the Pyramid Stage’. Piz Buin Protect & Cool Refreshing Sun Mousse SPF30, £8.50/850 points (150ml), is an easy way to top up – it’s so lightweight you won’t notice it’s on, and the cooling formula will feel like bliss after all that dancing!


Mud isn’t just going to mess up your wellies – it could lead to a sprain, twist or even a broken ankle (if you get stuck in the treacle-like sludge). Every festival has a medical tent, so find it when you arrive. Some have casualty units, walk-in centres, pharmacies and first-aid posts, too – in fact, Glastonbury has a 750-strong medical crew this year.


Having a tipple? Eat some protein (not just chips!): it slows the body’s absorption of alcohol. And for every drink you sip, have a glass of H20. Remember, becoming dehydrated is linked to heat as well as sunshine, so take a refillable water bottle into sweaty music tents. Just make sure it’s empty when you pass through security – the main areas will have taps where you can fill up.


Anything from the norovirus to salmonella can lurk in public toilets, so hand sanitiser is a post-loo essential. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel £2.50/250 points (50ml), comes in a rave-like neon colour. And in case of tummy troubles, pack Imodium Instants, £3.59/359 points (6 tablets; for the relief of acute diarrhoea; contains loperamide; always read the label).


Top sunglasses tip: it’s not what they look like, but what they feel like. Sunnies should sit far back on the bridge of your nose, close to your cheeks; otherwise, UV light can sneak through the gaps between them and your face. And check for the CE mark, a European standard of UV protection, found on the arms. We love Radley Sun Tulip Sunglasses in Grey/Tortoise or Purple/Tortoise, £70/7,000 points – much cooler than the pineapple shades we wore last festival season…


Time for an ice cream?

Have your sensitive teeth been stopping you enjoying chilled treats this summer? Well, good news! Unlike most sensitive toothpastes, which work by numbing pain, Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, £4 (75ml), has been clinically proven to address the cause of sensitivity. Its Pro-Argin formula plugs channels that lead to sensitive nerves, helping to block pain and provide instant and lasting relief.

Words Charlotte-Grant West Photography Getty Images, Pixeleyes


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