Stay Hydrated during Festival Season & Camping Holidays this Summer!

Stay hydrated during festival season and camping holidays this summer!

Are you going to be breaking out the camping gear this summer for a holiday or festival? Then this is the article for you!

It’s important that this summer you don’t forget about the essential things you need to bring and do for in order to enjoy your festival or holiday to the fullest!

For instance, dehydration is a common problem that people attending music festivals or camping have to contend with.

Failure to take deliberate steps to stay hydrated can have devastating effects your health and mood, and consequently, hinder you from having fun.

Therefore, read this handy article for ZeroWater’s top tips on how to stay hydrated while out and about this festival and camping season.

What is Dehydration and Why is it So Bad?

Dehydration just gives you a bit of a headache, right?

Wrong!

Dehydration is a big threat to your body. (On the extreme end, very serious dehydration is a medical emergency!) Being dehydrated leads to a lower blood pressure, reduced cognitive performance, increased risk of urinary tract infections, and dizziness. Prolonged and serious dehydration can lead to further, more serious symptoms. Therefore, it’s important to be vigilant for these signs of dehydration while at a festival or camping this summer:

  • Little or no urine.
  • Urine that is darker than usual.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Dizziness or light-headedness.
  • No tears when crying.

What is Dehydration and Why is it So Bad?

Let’s Explore what are the Dangers of Dehydration while at a Festival

  1. Activity: As fun as festivals are, everything about our favourite summer event is waging war against our hydration levels. You’re likely to do a lot of physical activity, such as dancing, walking around venues and campsites, or playing games. Each of these activities is dehydrating, and can make you hot and sweaty, increasing your water loss through sweat. You probably won’t be eating much fresh food either, grabbing from food-trucks, firing up the BBQ, or feasting on snacks you smuggled in. All those chips and burgers have a low water content, and so won’t contribute to your hydration levels like fresh food will.
  2. Sun: One of the best things about the sun is that it’s hot hot hot! However, the heat is dehydrating and makes us sweat. Out of 2.5 litres of water that you lose on average per day, about 500 millilitres is lost through your skin, and this only increases when you’re hot and sweaty. However, the water you lose through sweat has got to come from somewhere! The more you sweat, the less water is available to your body for its normal functions. Moreover, if you do not drink enough water while in the sun, you can suffer from heat stroke. You could be especially susceptible to heat stroke if you are sitting in the sun all day at your campsite or dancing all day. Hydration will prevent heat stroke and helps to regulate your body temperature.
  3. Alcohol: Drinking alcohol actively dehydrates your body. As well as that, drinking more alcohol than your body can handle may lead to vomiting, another leading cause of dehydration.
  4. Illness: At a festival you are in close quarters with lots and lots of people and therefore you will come into contact with lots of germs. By staying hydrated you will boost your immune system and prevent yourself from getting ill during your festival fun!
  5. Mood: Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood. This is especially needed when sleeping in a sometimes damp or sweaty tent, rest can sometimes be elusive, hydration will help you sleep better. Moreover it appears clear that in order to enjoy your festival or camping holiday to its fullest you need to be hydrated!
  6. Thermoregulation: Hydration helps you regulate your bodies temperature. What with being too hot in the sun, cold outside in the field or inside your tent at night, it’s in your best interest to make sure your body is the correct, regulated temperature.

ZeroWater’s Top Tips on How to Keep Hydrated this Camping Season

Overall, it is apparent that dehydration is a major challenge encountered by people attending music festivals or camping. Therefore, if you are planning to go to a music festival or a camping holiday this summer, you have to take deliberate steps to ensure that your hydration pack has what it takes to keep you hydrated and energetic throughout the event.

Symptoms of Dehydration

At ZeroWater we know it is hard to remember to drink enough water while at a festival or while camping. You can even follow these handy hydration tips if you struggle to drink enough water in your day-to-day life:

  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. Drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Alternatively, you could drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour. Make sure you take enough water with you for your daytime adventures.
  • Bring a water filter with you in your camping/festival essentials! ZeroWater filters are great for filtering the sometimes-unsavoury water fountain water you get from campsites, transforming it into delicious and hydrating water. By making your water taste better you will be way more likely to drink enough water and be hydrated! However, please note that our water filters should NOT be used to drink any wild or suspicious water such as river water or sea water.

More Helpful Hydration Hacks

  • Try and avoid sugary drinks such as Cola, Sprite, Fanta as they will not keep you hydrated.
  • However, if you don’t like the taste of plain water, you should try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your water bottle. This will improve the taste so you will be more likely to drink more water!
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
  • Eat veggies where you can. Music festivals usually have a great variety of food vendors, and you will definitely find something tasty to eat. However, for the purpose of music festival hydration, it is wise to go for a nice healthy salad. Salads are an excellent option due to their nutritional value in addition to their ability to enhance your water intake. You also won’t have to deal with a super full stomach. Dancing with a bacon cheeseburger in your gut is not ideal. Cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, and other vegetables rich in water can go a long way in helping you to stay hydrated.
  • Moderate your alcohol consumption. Music festivals are typically enormous parties complete with alcohol. Although drinking alcohol is almost given for most people going to music festivals, it is one of the things you have to avoid if you want to stay hydrated. Take it slow, have a drink of water for each alcoholic drink you have to ensure you don’t become dehydrated!

Hydrate Your Way this Summer, with a Helping Hand from ZeroWater!

At ZeroWater, we want to ensure your family is as hydrated and healthy as possible on your camping holiday or festival adventures!

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Browse our website to see the our wide variety of filters. We guarantee you will find the right product for you. Embrace the summer and enhance your holiday hydration with ZeroWater!

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