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How to Have a Healthier Festival

Whatever the British weather has in store, festival-goers are in for a great summer of music. Glastonbury may have delivered its famous mud-bath after relentless rain in June, but there are still a host of other festivals in the UK to enjoy.

Over a million people from the UK go to festivals each year, with something for pretty much every type of musical or cultural taste, ranging from well-known festivals such as Latitude, Bestival on the Isle of Wight and Reading & Leeds through to more specialist events such as Cloudspotting in the Ribble Valley or the very genteel Walled Garden Music Fest in East Sussex.

If you want to guarantee some sunshine with your music, you may be among the growing number of people who venture further afield, visiting festivals in Croatia, Ibiza, Spain – or even travelling long-haul to places such as Brazil.

But regardless of whether your taste tends towards grunge rock or something a little gentler on the ear, there are a few items that you can pack in your rucksack – along with the obligatory wellies and floral headband – that will help you stay healthy. Here is our list of the top five best festival health products:

  1. Hand sanitiser and wipes – washing your hands at many festivals can be a less than pleasant experience, with water from unknown sources and basins or standpipes set amid muddy puddles containing heavens only knows what bacteria. By taking your own bottle of gel or spray hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes, you can keep your hands germ-free and avoid the misery of an upset stomach or eye infection during the event.
  2. Rehydration salts – even if you’re not much of a drinker, it is very easy to become dehydrated when you are dancing the night away as you will get very hot and sweaty as you dance, losing valuable fluids and mineral salts. By taking a mild solution of rehydration salts each evening, you can reduce the strain on your kidneys. It is also a good idea to drink plenty of fresh, clean water – particularly if you’re drinking alcohol.
  3. All-purpose antiseptic cream – it’s very easy to get small cuts or to have problems from clothing or wellies rubbing your skin when you get hot and / or damp. If you want to keep it natural, a cream containing tea tree oil will help heal most cuts and plasters with silver in them are a fantastic aid to healing.
  4. Sun screen – even on a cloudy day, it’s surprisingly easy to get sunburnt, particularly when your skin is sweaty or tender. Invest in a good quality sunscreen and ideally choose one that contains a mild insect repellent. Sunscreens also smell nice and fresh which is something you will really appreciate after a day or two on site!
  5. Milk Thistle – HRI Milk Thistle tablets help you enjoy the morning after a great night out. This is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of food and drink such as indigestion and upset stomach, based on traditional use only. HRI Milk Thistle contains the highest dose you can buy of the active ingredient Silymarin, which is found in Milk Thistle fruit. It is approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

So wherever you choose to chill this summer, we hope you stay safe and healthy at your festival!

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