We recently went to a food and music festival. We thought we were prepared, and we were about half right. We were ready for the more important things, but there were a few details that would have made the experience better. Here is a breakdown of preparations that might be needed based on who will be involved in the outing.
For Everyone: Put sunscreen on well before arriving at the event. Follow instructions on the package. If it is spray on, spray it into your hand before applying as that will ensure even coverage. Also, avoid fires after applying it until the alcohol content evaporates. If the event involves water or will be lasting more than two hours, bring sunscreen with you and reapply as needed.
Wear hats. Ideally the hats should be broad brimmed all the way around the head to prevent the sun from hitting your face, ears and the back of your neck. It can also cut down on the dangers of heat related illnesses.
Bring water for everyone. If you’re going to an event, find out if there will be water for sale, as it is easier to buy as needed than haul a case of water around.
Have a meet up place and time if you are going to be in separate places. Also, check your cell phones occasionally. It can be very hard to hear it ringing in a crowd, so you won’t know if you missed a call.
For Seniors: Actually, this is also for anyone who has had a significant injury as well. Make sure to bring chairs. It’s very hard to get up from the ground and with about 10,000 (literally) others at the event the chairs provided by the organizers weren’t anywhere near enough for a crowd that size.
For Families: If the event doesn’t have a special play area for children, you may want to bring along some things for them to do. Adults may love car shows, but a child is going to get bored fast.
For young children, pin important information to the inside of their shirts. You don’t want it to be really obvious, but if you become separated, the “Lost Parent Department” needs to have contact information to let you know where your child is.
For Pets: There are special water bottle attachments that can allow your dog to have a drink more easily. They will need access to water as much as a human does. If the outing will involve walking on concrete, asphalt or hot sand, find or make paw protectors. Dogs can severely burn their pads on these surfaces.
We had a lot of fun, but those chairs would have come in very handy. Next time…