how to survive a festivals and small towns overrun with people

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Festivals Survival Guide
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Festivals Survival Guide
How to survive a small town overrun with people

Survival guide to festivals.
Your health and safety comes before the festival fun and you can
plan to have a great time, here's how...

  • Woodstock was among the first of festivals to overrun a
    small town with people ~ it attracted more than 400,000
    people to a dairy farm in New York for three days in August
    1969. The had expected 50,000 people. This brought new
    challenges in terms of tents, toilets, heatstroke and too
    much partying. Music festivals commonly bring a community
    together, but there are other festivals that have impacted

  • Burning Man is an annual festival attracting 70,000 people to
    the desert of Nevada (Aug. 27- sept. 4, 2017). Organizers
    consider Burning Man a temporary city. It is a metropolis of
    art and community called Black Rock City where the
    participants actively create the events.

  • The Great American Eclipse stretched across the United
    States on August. 21, 2017 and impacted small towns with
    traffic jams. Despite a few forest fires caused by
    thunderstorms, local officials and law enforcement, coupled
    with the help of the National Guard in a few small towns
    generally survived the chaos.

How to Survive a Festival

#1: Be prepared for the elements.
Festivals are usually in the sweltering heat, but you should
prepare for the reverse, so go ahead and pack a sun-hat and
clothing that breathes, but also a rain poncho, warm clothes and
gear to stay warm and dry.

#2: Pack your own food.
Festivals generally have food and you should indulge when its
available from a licensed vendor or you may suffer food
poisoning. Another reason to bring your own food is if the event
is poorly managed they will eventually run out.

You don't need to suffer. Have fun in partaking of the food that's
available at the festival, but have enough of your own food to
last the entire event just in case. In addition to fresh camping
food, you'll want to pack
freeze dried foods (and the extra water
you'll need for them), along with shelf stable foods, and food bars
and ration bars. Be sure to pack a way to cook your food on the
road in case your vehicle breaks down and you're stuck in the
middle of nowhere.

#3: Bring plenty of water.
Water is life and is perhaps the most critical item you can bring!
Bring extra water from home and be sure to have your water
filters handy because there will be a dearth of water available.

Not only is water necessary for your off-grid cooking and cleaning,
but hydration is critically important to help prevent altitude
sickness and heatstroke, not to mention the alcohol. You may
also require water for an overheated car.

Here are some hydration tips:
  • Remember that alcoholic beverages add to the problem of
    dehydration. For this trip, stash a select few or forgo all-
  • Electrolyte drinks are ideal to help prevent heat stroke or
    altitude sickness.
  • Bring your favorite Lifewater filtration system or water straw.
  • Pack electrolytes for adults and children. There will be
    nothing available at the local stores.
  • Emergency Drinking water pouches may be your last resort.
    Save them as a last resort.

#4: Plan on camping and tents.
There will be "no room at the Inn." With such overcrowding comes
danger and sleep deprivation. If you are planning on going to see
the show, then think about your accommodations and research
the township and the options you have as there will likely not be
a camping spot or side of the road in which to park. You might
rotate driving and sleeping, but this option is not for everyone.

You can perhaps sleep in your car or get a tent, but if you're
bringing a big camper, you will have a harder time with getting
gas and you will also not be able to navigate easily. While you're
at it, bring along some duct tape. It has a multitude of uses.

#5: Take control of Communications.
Have a plan if you become separated and loose communications
with someone in your party or group. If you've learned anything
from being a prepper is that communications are key.

When more than ten times the amount of people inhabit an area
you will see communications halt. Cell phones will have limited
reach as small towns quadruple their size and have limited
reception in the first place. Your link through a survival radio can
help you understand wildfires and road hazards, possibly
alternate routes, and of course the weather conditions.

#6: Bring your own bathrooms and sanitation stuff.
The big blue porta-potties are never a nice place to be, but they
are convenient. You can be clever and deal with your sanitation
needs by packing everything you need for those times when
heading to the Porta-potties is the last thing you want to do.

Wash your hands! Good old fashioned soap and water is always
best. Camp soap sheets are an ideal way to wash the old
fashioned way.

Suggested sanitation items include:
  • Luggable Loo portable toilet*
  • Kitty litter, odor or composting material
  • Wet wipes, hand sanitizers and paper towels
  • Camp soap sheets
  • Toilet paper
  • Tampons or menstrual pads, diapers and
  • Extra underwear
  • Dry shampoo
    * Be forewarned that illegal dumping of your sanitation could
    result in a huge $2,000 fine in Nevada during Burning Man.
    Check local laws for your festival.

#7: Stash the cash as credit may be unavailable.
Having cash on hand is important as it is in any crisis and your
tent fly isn't where you should store it.

Cash is king and you may be able to get better service by having
cash for gas and supplies. The faster you can get in and out and
on the road again, the better. The approval of credit cards takes a
long time when there is such a high demand.

Below are some tips for dealing with cash:
  • Don't keep your money all in one place.
  • Stuff money in your shoes if you're not wearing sandals.
  • Wear a money belt or strap a travel wallet.

#8: Be safe around drugs and alcohol.
At just about any event drugs and alcohol will be a factor and can
affect your personal safety even if you don't partake. Know in
advance where the first aid stations are set up and seek medical

Be aware of overdose:
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Extreme lethargy to unconsciousness
  • Inabilty to speak
  • Irregular breathing
  • Seizures

Date rape drugs are real. Protect your beverages from a slip of
the wrist and a bad fate.

#9: Don't go it alone.
A festival is not only more fun to share the experience with your
favorite people, but for safety reasons it's also important to go in
pairs. There is safety in numbers
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