Festival Life Game Changers: The Ultimate Guide To Partying Safe Part 1

in earthnation •  last year

Greetings, Bad Ass Babes! Welcome to the first installment in a series of Ultimate Guides for Ladies (and Gentlemen) who love to party. Read Part 2 here. And be sure to follow that up with a big, refreshing gulp of Part 3 here.

Have you fallen in love with Festival Life yet?

The rush of making new, beautiful friends who adore the exact same obscure artist as you;

that spark of attraction on the dance floor;

the way the bass makes your shoulders shake in that certain way. . .

It's a special kind of glorious we revel in again and again because we feel the build up of that particular type of magik. For the serious Festie Lifer, that's a feeling worth any price.

Right?

Sometimes, the cost can be more than we bargain for, adding up far beyond early bird ticket price and gas money. . .

Maybe you know the feeling:

that ache that starts behind your eyes, the scratch at the back of your throat.

The ringing in your ears that doesn't stop like it should when the music does.

The rising fear in your gut when you realize you don't know where the f&%# your Buddies are.

The stiffness in your neck when you wake up on the ground covered in dust. Or mud. Or something worse. For the third night in a row.

And then you realize the line for the showers is three hours long and rustling in whispers about “running out of water” . . .

Ouch.

My name is Stirling. I've rocked out on speaker blocks and festival stages across three continents, and I've learned a lot along the way. I LOVE to have a good time, just like a lot of good friends of mine, and we've been doing so for years.

Woven throughout the rainbow tapestry of many years of Epic Fun Time Adventures are the fraying, faded threads of uncomfortable moments, scary situations, and utterly stupid mistakes. Mistakes bad enough that we all hope no one else has to make them. Ever. Again.

That's why I've decided to mine the depths of the treasure trove of trial and error that we've all learned and earned from.

And I am here now to pass this hard won knowledge on to you, so the next generation of Festie Besties can be ferociously whatever they want to be while staying safe and healthy.

3 Ultimate Festival Must Haves for Ladies (and Everyone Else)

EAR PLUGS

Because what is the point of going to a Music Festival if you’re not doing your best to be up at the front of the crowd, grinding against the Funktion-One laden speaker stack, feeling the bass vibrating your skeleton and completely melting your face off . . .

I mean, that is why you bought those tickets, right?

Right.

So let’s imagine that you also hope to be enjoying such symphonic masterpieces, or their equivalent, any particular number of years into the future…

Now let’s do some basic Math and add every sound based act you will see at every music event you will attend for the foreseeable future of your existence; multiply that by the total number of decibels driving against your eardrums with each heavy drop, and what have we got?

Serious hearing damage potential.

Ever wonder why those screechy, arcade squealing high end sounds are so annoyingly, ear piercing high on so many EDM (Electronic Dance Music) tracks?

It’s because the bass case who is dropping the track hasn’t been able to hear that octave since the late 1990’s, due to entirely blasting out their ear drums, and refilling that space in their cranium with scar tissue.

((If you do not wonder this often, you may have already scarred your hearing internals, and we’ll say this part a bit louder for your sake: SAVE WHAT’S LEFT))

Wear earplugs, mate, and give your Middle Aged self something to thank you for.

Seriously. They are small, fit in your pocket, and do not inhibit your ability to hear the music, or your friends conversation, while still providing your delicate hearing apparatus enough of a cushion that you'll be able to hear the whispers of your spent youth well into old-age.

Fair warning: earplug pairs have a high festival mortality rate (as in they can be easy to lose), so while you can go super epic scale and rock something like the Decibullz Custom Molded earplugs and they might just fit you well enough they won’t ever fall out, I would advise against the foam ones…

I’ve never managed to keep a pair of the cheap foam ones intact, and find that tiny waded up pieces of paper towel or napkin work better than the standard construction site foam bullet fair.

PEE FUNNEL

This one is for each of you who has felt the horrors of the deep chemical blue splash back on your unwitting ass in those fleeting first morning moments when the port-o’s have yet to unleash the stalactite poo monsters of Day Two…

For yee who have attempted and been traumatized by the free-form late-night pee-in-a-bottle turned tent drenching mission failure....

For she who has felt the twinge of jealousy as her male amigo turns away and lets loose the water works where he stands without baring his booty to the entire drunken campground world….

For those of you who born with (or recently acquiring) a Vagina, we offer you ….

The Pee Funnel!!! Claim it and aim it. Need we say more?

Though I am personally quite adept at peeing directly into wide mouth bottles (I'm sure you wanted to know that, now didn't you?), it is a skill hard earned through wetness and only necessary because I did not encounter the epic ingenuity that is the Pee Funnel until many years into my festival career. And back in those early days, they were mostly plastic cups JB welded to clear plastic hose. . .

But no longer! We have entered a new era, ladies, a glorious era of molded and modeled silicone in the color of your choice! As long as most of you choose pink. . .

ELECTROLYTE POWDER

When actively exposing oneself to extremes including, but not limited to;

the raw natural elements;
sleep deprivation;
intense physical exertion on the dance floor and the hikes between them;
all other things that make you sweat;
under-eating;
and dehydration;
as well as those potential extra-curricular substance activities that over-use the internal brain juices;
and all the other hyper glamorous activities that festival life entails. . .

It is SUPER IMPORTANT to be sure to stack your electrolyte intake.

This is one of those decisions that makes the difference between The Having Fun-Times, Migraines, and Literal Death.

(seriously, Hyponatremia can = DEATH, look it up)

We sweat out our sodium along with many other brain ingredients vital to a Balanced Blast Fest. Restock them often, and all will be well!

Dump a stack into your hydration pack, offer some to your Buddy System comrades (because you ARE using the Buddy System, RRRRIIIGGHHHTTT????!?), and carry extra in case you stumble across a wayward Festie Goer whose Thought Computer seems to be more on The Brain Drain than up to processing speed.

Electrolytes Save Lives.

The Most Important Thing for your health if you want to last all weekend (and beyond, into Mon-daily Life) is to consume mega amounts of fresh water and electrolytes.

I personally also want to live a long, healthy life, unencumbered by cancer, etc., so I make sure to avoid electrolyte powders (or anything, at all, ever) that is sweetened with Aspartame (aka Aspartic Acid) or Sodium Benzoate.

Seriously.

Just don’t eat that shit.

Which is why I think the fact that these Electrolyte Drink Tablets come in tablet form is rad, and convenient, especially if you believe that sharing is caring, like I do, because offering to pour obscure powders into your new friend’s drink might not be starting off on the right foot.

Depending on the friend.

If the white powder associations and assumptions don't bother you, check out these Electrolyte Replacement Capsules

Having a kick-ass amazing memory making time is important. And the best way to do that is by taking the necessary steps to stay safe, happy, healthy, and alive!

✨ All photos in this article are owned/ created by me, or sourced from Unsplash and Pixabay under Creative Commons Licensing ✨

Thank you for tuning in for the first Installment in this series! Read Part 2 here.

And make sure you follow up with Part 3 here.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! Up voted resteemed and followed can't wait to read more!!:-)

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Woohoo! hehehe Thank you @steampunk-penny (I love your handle).

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Already read it liked it and resteemed it because it was super enjoyable!! 🦄🦄😁

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<3 <3 <3 Oh you! <3 <3 <3

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Loved it!! This is such a wonderful series!! I am enjoying it so so much!!🖤🖤🦄

You are the ultimate party gal! I enjoyed reading your posts. I had a good laugh at your funnel for peeing! Great tips!

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HAhaha it is such a hilarious and revolutionary concept, eh?

Thank you for being here ;)

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It is. :) Happy to be here and check your post
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ready your post is so much fun.. :) it is important to be safe (and healthy), otherwise, there will be no way you can share you epic experience with your friends and family back home ^^

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Exactly! <3

Thank you!

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Hey @memebibiboboo (wow, it was challenging to get your handle right on the first try :D ), I just put Part 2 of this series up if you want to check it out, for more epic experience inspiration ;) !

https://steemit.com/earthnation/@stirling/festival-life-game-changers-the-ultimate-guide-to-partying-safe-part-2

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thanks for the link.. will definitely check it out :)

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p.s. after a 5 month sabbatical, I'm back with another whacky story in a new medium:
my first Dtube vid ever!

https://steemit.com/teamgirlpowa/@stirling/sq20sfdr

That was so exciting. I will heed as advised, except that I already have my pee-funnel, so I won't be needing one ;-)
Following you.

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AHahahahHAHAHAHA Well Nature certainly has blessed you with mobility and convenience in that department ;)

Thank you!

This is a wonderful, informative post. Especially to those who are new to the festival scene. I appreciate this even though I am almost ten years in, myself! Especially the bit about protecting is what of left of our ears. Thanks!

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<3 Isn't it so true? We need as much of our hearing as we're blessed with!

What are you favorite festivals, @inamorata?

Thank you for the comment!

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I have only been to smaller ones. For example, Entheos and Conscious Goddess Festival are my favourite. Hi, Society is a good one I love too, local friends put it on. I guess I am more ten years into the smaller gatherings than the big fests! But that's how I like it :)

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I love the little ones! They are my favorite, when you're sure to see everyone you know more than once and most likely not going to spend hours lost trying to find your camp...
Part 2 is up if you want to check it out!

https://steemit.com/earthnation/@stirling/festival-life-game-changers-the-ultimate-guide-to-partying-safe-part-2

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It's also really awesome when it's geared in such a way that children and elders can also be present :) and I'll check that out!

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Yes! For me, the presence and safety of children is a testament to the quality of the Festival for sure!

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Hehehe, love having them around!

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p.s. after a 5 month sabbatical, I'm back with another whacky story in a new medium: my first Dtube vid ever! https://steemit.com/teamgirlpowa/@stirling/sq20sfdr

Couple of comments on an excellent post.

Where in the fuck were you 40 years ago when I could have really used some hearing protection? (incredibly good advice)

Long distance, competitive motorcycle riders have a pee system. I'm familiar with the boys model, but have no idea about the girls system. You know...

The electrolyte tabs are terrific. I first got them from a Hot Shots fire Captain. One of the best answers ever.

Thanks for a truly fun post. You had me at the Hunter S Thompson quote.

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YES! Hahahaha! I wasn't quite here 40 years ago, but it sounds like you've figured it out as well :D I posted part two last night if you fancy a read

https://steemit.com/earthnation/@stirling/festival-life-game-changers-the-ultimate-guide-to-partying-safe-part-2

I <3 Mr. Thompson really hard. Whenever I feel my grasp on consenual reality slipping, or The Fear creeps in on me, I just think about how long he managed to manage it, and I know I can keep on keeping on, and that there are other Weirdos that will appreciate what I have to say. Sounds like you're one of them ! ;)

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I am. One of those weirdos. It might be hereditary. My sister and her guy are dedicated burners.

I read part 2, looking forward to the next installment.

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p.s. after a 5 month sabbatical, I'm back with another whacky story in a new medium:
my first Dtube vid ever!

https://steemit.com/teamgirlpowa/@stirling/sq20sfdr

My festival going days are long over. Unless Albuquerque or Santa Fe go into the festival business. Even concerts are mostly out of the question because the ones I am interested in are usually held at casinos. The one time I was in a casino I think I had a taste of hell.

Anyway, you bring back happy days and good advice. Thank you.

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Thank you @catweasel & @enchanted spirit! I feel the <3 and also feel very honored to be included in your compilation! Wow! I'm all giddy now! What a wonderful thing to read in my first morning moments online <3 <3 <3

Interesting perspective on the flavor of Casino's and the aftertaste of Brimstone... I know what you mean. I've caught a whiff of that a few too many times. It can be very disconcerting...

A dear friend of mine actually just went to a 3 day festival in Albe-Quirky this past summer! It was a Flamenco Festival! At the University. She loved it!

Also, if you're up for another read, I just posted part 2 last night: https://steemit.com/earthnation/@stirling/festival-life-game-changers-the-ultimate-guide-to-partying-safe-part-2

nice post got to stay safe and keep your ears in hearing you dont want to ve screaming WHAT! at 45

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"Eh, erm, huh? Ahhh, WHAT'D YOU SAY...??"

RRrrrriiight? It's a good one to start as soon as possible too, I know it can take some getting used to, the whole shoving tiny items into your ears thing... When I'm at an impromptu concert, or I've already lost mine, I wander around with a handful of tissue and start tapping people on the shoulder and pantomiming how I'd love to give them some to put in their ears. It's funny to watch the reactions ;)

Thank you!

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lol reactions like what?!

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Some people are so weirded out by the prospect, or they completely don't understand what I'm gesturing about... some people are super grateful immediately... some people have never tried it before, but after pantomiming a conversation they give it a try... It's odd, because it's always such a loud environment that I can't actually explain what I'm offering :D

Part 2 is up if you want to check it out!

https://steemit.com/earthnation/@stirling/festival-life-game-changers-the-ultimate-guide-to-partying-safe-part-2

This is a super awesome post (beautifully laid out and written!). Also practical as all heck..especially that tube. ;)

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Hehehe THANK YOU @lilyraabe! It is the simplest, most practical ideas that always save the day! <3

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Hey @lilyraabe Part 2 is up if you want to check it out! More fun times meets practical awesomeness for you ;)

https://steemit.com/earthnation/@stirling/festival-life-game-changers-the-ultimate-guide-to-partying-safe-part-2

I think I am in need of a festival....dancing till sunrise

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YASSSSS! <3 <3 <3

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Hey gorgeous!

After a 5 month sabbatical, I'm back with another whacky story in a new medium:

my first Dtube vid ever!

https://steemit.com/teamgirlpowa/@stirling/sq20sfdr

I am beyond jealous of your festival experiences! It's been far too long since I danced in the fresh (okay, maybe fragrant would be a better word... LOL) air next to a huge speaker. And I'm totally putting the pee funnel on my shopping list - you never know when it might come in handy!

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Hhehehehehe yes! Sounds like you're due to get back out there in the bass cloud! <3

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Honestly, the last time I was out there, the bass cloud was barely a puff of smoke! LOL! 😊

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Hey @traciyork Part 2 is up if you want to check it out! More goodies for that bad gyal shopping list your putting together ;)

https://steemit.com/earthnation/@stirling/festival-life-game-changers-the-ultimate-guide-to-partying-safe-part-2

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YAY! Thanks - heading over to check it out now! 😊

Safe festival going is imperative. Oh the stories, I hear you... some great, some awful, some scary. Taking care of yourself (electrolytes are vital) and buddying up when possible, for sure. Great tips! Resteemed!

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Wow, thank you @katrina-ariel! Yeah, I think the Buddy System deserves it's own write up! Talk about savin lives <3

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Great advice to all. Why do i feel too old for this information now? !My top range has indeed abandoned me long ago and can comfortably dance inside any speaker.

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Hehehe well there is the up side to hearing loss!

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great. will have a read.thanks for link.