Attending their first music festival is something that your children will remember forever. In fact, you probably have fond memories of attending your first concert. With that being said, it doesn’t hurt to take some simple precautions in advance. Doing so will help your son or daughter stay safe and have fun, and will put your mind at ease as a parent. Here are some commonsense tips for teens attending their first (or perhaps even second or third!) music festival.
Strength in numbers! If you are worried about your kids’ safety, encourage them to travel in pairs at all times, and to stay together as a large group as much as possible. Not only will this help ensure that no child gets lost from the group, but it can help safeguard them against other potential risks, such as drugs, alcohol, and smoking. It’s also a good idea for your son or daughter’s group to know the important locations around them. If someone does get lost, it’s a good idea to have a regrouping point determined ahead of time, and knowing where key points of interest are allows them to do that.
Bring a Bag to Carry Necessities (and Accessories)
Your son or daughter is going to discover quickly that carrying items around by hand all day is a real burden. That’s where a good bag comes in. If they aren’t too concerned with items being stolen, a backpack is always a good idea – they’re comfortable for long periods of time and carry a lot. Plus, the odds are good that the bag will be far lighter than what they’re used to on a daily basis, as sweatshirts weigh a lot less than text books! If your son or daughter is concerned with theft, or you are as a parent, a chest or cross-body bag might be a wise investment. With one of these bags, they can keep their money and wallet close to their body, zipped up and secure.
Bring Water Bottles to Stay Hydrated
Your son or daughter should bring at least a liter or two of water in their bag to stay hydrated throughout the day. The key to staying hydrated is to drink continuously throughout the day; if your son or daughter waits until feeling thirsty, it’s too late. From this point on, they will be playing catch-up, and may be at risk of heat exhaustion or dehydration. Of course, every person is different, and some people require more water than others; a hydration calculator can help your son or daughter determine how much water should be brought in. Most music festivals now have stations to fill-up water bottles.
Bring a Portable Charger
The odds are good that your children and their friends will spend a significant part of their day on their phones. That’s simply the nature of things these days; kids are as comfortable on their phones as off. Whether they’re texting each other, putting photos on Instagram, sending Snapchats to each other, or checking in on Facebook, your children will likely be burning through their mobile phone’s battery life at an incredible rate. For this reason, it’s a good idea to bring a portable charger so that they can recharge their device at any time – whether there are charging stations available or not.
Check in and Call Home
Why should your kids make sure their phones are charged at all times? So that they can check in and call home occasionally, of course! Or at the very least, be available should you need to reach them. With 5G technology on the horizon, you will soon be able to connect with your son or daughter from anywhere. Whether the festival is in the heart of downtown or out in the middle of nowhere (we’re thinking of you, Coachella!), texting and calling your son or daughter will soon be possible no matter the circumstances. So if your son or daughter is looking for an excuse to be out of touch, they better attend their first festival soon!
Finally, it should go without saying that outdoor festivals call for sunscreen! Teenagers think that they’re invincible and aren’t the easiest people to convince regarding the dangers of sun exposure, but do what you can! Sunscreen is a simple, effective, proven way to prevent sunburn, and over time, can lessen a person’s risk for permanent sun damage and skin cancer as well. True, your son or daughter likely isn’t concerned with their health 50 years from now, but try and reason with him or her as much as possible. Sunscreen is a must if your child will be outdoors for the majority of the day.