When attending a music festival, with all the bodies, dancing, drinking and partying involved, chances are you’re going to get a little dirty.
Music festivals are often held in open fields or large parks, and this can get hot, rainy or even muddy.
While many festivalgoers might be able to go for a few days without a wash or a shower, it will really start to add up over the second day. For the benefit of both yourself and others around you, you will want at least a few ways of keeping yourself clean during a music festival.
Music festivals can also be crawling with colds and illnesses. If you don’t find a way to keep yourself clean, you could be exposing yourself to an illness or injury that may take a little longer to recover from.
If you’re planning on going straight back to work after the festival with no ‘cooling off’ period, and you don’t want to have to take a day or two off sick, it is better to make sure you have ways of keeping yourself clean.
Dry Shampoo, Hand Gel and Baby Wipes
Dry shampoo is a great way of cleaning your hair without using any water. By using dry shampoo at least once a day you can help get the mud and sweat out of your hair and it will also give it a fresher smell.
Hand gel is also an essential part of any music festival. Along the way you will probably find yourself grabbing a few vodka gummy bears (watch the how to make vodka gummy bears video at the bottom of this article), hot burgers and hot dogs or other foods and it can be hard to get the mess off your fingers. Hand gel on these occasions is a godsend.
Don’t take a tiny bottle either… get a bigger one!
Baby wipes are a great way of keeping your unmentionables clean, as they are quick and efficient to use and are perfect for all sorts of skin. If you can’t find time to head down to the showers, a few baby wipes will really help and they also help to cool down your skin too. It’s a win-win situation.
Consider Booking a Hotel
One way to skip all the dirt and grime completely is to book a nearby hotel. Unfortunately you won’t be getting the full ‘music festival experience’ but if you just can’t bear to go a day or two without a hot shower, perhaps it is your best option.
Some festivals may require you to stay onsite however, so make sure you check the rules of the festival to see whether or not booking a hotel is an option.
Portable Toilets and Showers
Many festivals will have portable toilets and portable showers available. Depending on the size of the event and the number of attendees, you might find that you have to pick and choose the best times to shower. Make sure to take some waterproof flip-flops when you shower and perhaps a pair of shorts or a bikini.
If you can you should also invest in some sort of hook so that you can hang your towel up properly. Chances are the portable showers will be a bit wet, so you won’t want to put your towel on the floor.
Packing Extra Products
It is essential that you pack extra socks and pants for your trip. If you can’t use a portable shower to wash, the likelihood will be that the hot air will make your clothes sweaty and stagnant pretty quickly. In this case what you want to do is change your socks every few hours but make sure you towel dry your feet before replacing the socks, otherwise you are just transferring the sweat into the clean socks.
Keep the clean clothes away from the dirty clothes and if the weather looks pretty bad, try to pack accordingly; raincoats might not necessarily be ‘cool’ but neither are muddy shorts and a t-shirt. Sometimes sitting in wet and muddy clothes can be even worse if you realise you have nothing clean left to put on, so be careful!
Music festivals can be great fun once you’ve prepared yourself properly and although the general atmosphere might be stinky and sweaty, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to join in, particularly if you don’t feel too comfortable when not clean. Look after your own hygiene and let your friends deal with theirs. But above all, remember to have fun!