How To Stay Safe At Festivals AD

Most of us have now seen the Snapchat of the girl who had her drink spiked at a festival a few months back, and it's so out of order that this happens at festivals, and honestly shocks me that someone could do that. Luckily for the girl, she caught it on camera and the guy soon was gone. Festivals are some of the most fun things you can do during the summer months, it's an excuse to camp in a field for 5 days, drink and listen to good music with your friends. A complete escape from reality. Sadly though, sometimes festivals aren't all fun and games and it's important to stay safe, as lame as it sounds, take care of yourself. Today I decided with the help of my friend Kim who is the queen of festivals, to share our top tips for staying safe at festivals.

Look after your valuables: 
At festivals, crime is rife, with theft being one of the biggest. DPP Solicitors have more information on this if you're interested in reading more. From taking items out of a tent to being pickpocketed, it's common. For expensive items, it is best leaving them at home as I know how gutted I would be to lose my phone, it's worth going back in time and purchasing yourself a good old Nokia brick. If you do have to take valuables e.g. keys, money and phone it is worth getting the majority of it put in a safe locker, at Glastonbury these are free. Bestival has created a fabulous document in regards to crime at festivals which I would totally recommend taking a read of. 

Medical tents are there for a reason:
You might have overdone it a bit, or just need to visit the medical tent for whatever reason, but don't want to look uncool in front of your mates. However, if you need to get medical attention, then go! At the end of the day, all your friends will be worried about is making sure you're ok. From my personal experience at Leeds fest, I have spent a huge amount of time in a medical tent after being hit over the head with a bottle and getting a bad concussion. But I am glad I went to get the OK, as it made me feel a lot more reassured. 

Have a meeting place:
You might all want to see different bands or go off and do different things. However, we all know at festivals you probably won't have any phone battery or signal and, especially if you've been drinking, it can be easy to get lost. Make sure you've got a meeting place that you all know and arrange to meet there after the bands have finished so you can head back to your tent together. 

Don't take drinks from a stranger:
As much as a festival is about meeting new people and having a great time with them. I'd be wary of taking a drink from someone I do not know, due to the potential dangers. Majority of the time it will be out of kindness, but you can never be too careful anymore. It's also super important to keep your eye on your drink at all times, as people can be sneaky with their intentions. It is important to know the signs in case this happens to a friend or someone around you, Drinkaware have detailed the signs on their site. 

Take care of you: 
When having a great time it can often be forgotten to look after you. It's important to stay hydrated, especially in times of heat. It is also important to cover yourself in sun cream every few hours, even if its overcast, you do not want to end up burnt (it's not fun!) especially in crowds of people, ouch.

We hope this has shed some light on stay safe at festivals! 

*This post is in collaboration with DPP Solicitors and thanks Kim for your help with this post! 

Olivia Jade


  1. This is some great advice - it can be easy to get dehydrated or not be aware of our surroundings when you're somewhere new and unfamiliar

  2. Thank you for this post! It's so helpful. Sometimes we forget the basics and it's good to be reminded of them.

  3. I always worry when I see the state of people at festivals, if you get so drunk that you don't know what's going on it can be so dangerous x

  4. I havent ever done the festivals thing as they are not for me, but there is some amazing advice here, even some things I would never have thought about x

  5. Really good sensible tips herre- I dread the day my daughters say they want to attend a festival. There's no way I'd stop them but I would definitely stock up on all the important safety equipment like padlocks and drink protectors well as a portable toilet!

  6. I’ve never been to a festival but I can imagine how easy it would be to become a target for crime with so many people, you have including some great information to staying safe, a meeting place it always a good idea no matter where you are

  7. Oh I do love festivals - literally our summer favourites and like you said a great way to escape, liten to good music and camp (my favourite things). But yes so important to stay safe and have that in mind - some really great tips, thanks for sharing

    Laura x

  8. I have never been to a festival before but it always looks fun and I am loving these tips, it is important to stay safe

  9. It's so important to stay safe at festivals and keep all valuables on you if possible. I went to Reading a few years back and a tent near us got robbed whilst they were off watching some of the acts, it's such a shame that people behave like this and ruin it for everyone

  10. I love festivals but you do have to keep your wits about you. This is such an important post for keeping safe and havng fun.

  11. Some great tips here - unfortunately festivals can be easy pickings for wannabe criminals x

  12. Yes organizing for your personal safety is critical for those attending open air festivals and similar festivities. We have to really live mindful lives. Tips like establishing a meeting place,taking care of your valuables and not taking drinks from strangers cannot be overlooked

  13. Great advice! My mum always preaches about the drinks too. Small matter but can really help save lives when you think about it!