How much water should I drink at a festival?

We hear it all the time.

“Make sure you drink plenty of water.” They’ll say.

But in the heat of festivaling sometimes it’s hard to discern how much water is enough and all too often we seem to forget why it’s so important? It’s the most abundant resource on the planet and our bodies are made out of it more than anything else, yet we still scratch our heads about the topic of hydration when it’s time to freshen up with a tasty beverage. Sure, a lot of liquids have water in them but soft drinks and alcohol aren’t alway great sources of hydration no matter how much we love them. Compounding the matter, our earth (and festival temperatures with it) seem to be getting hotter and it’s probably more than your mixtape doing it. This presents a number of challenges for festies, who are often out in the sun all day and dancing all night. The threat is real too! Every festival has a number of dehydrations that occur when attendees rage at the expense of their own self-care. The good news is that with a few bits of (what ought to be) common knowledge you can be your best self from ingress to egress, and everywhere in between.

How much water do I normally need?


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Once water was a one size fits all solution and doctors recommended that everyone drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day (or 64 ounces total), but depending on your height and weight doctors are getting a bit more specific on how much water each person needs to keep their metabolism functioning smoothly. Now as a rule, some doctors are saying that for each pound in your weight you ought to drink another half ounce to full ounce of water (source: WebMD).

1 lb (weight) x 1/2 to 1 oz per pound (water per pound) = amount of water to drink each day

So if you weight 200 pounds you ought to drink 100 to 200 ounces of water per day. That’s a little more than 1 and half gallons per day.

Yeah, that’s a lot!

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Based on the amount physical exertion and the heat in the local climate it’s recommended that festival revelers default to drinking closer to 1 ounce per pound, but if you’re spending most of your time in the shade being sedentary at a festival (as you might if you are a vendor or member of box office staff) you won’t need as much. Since the reality of festival life is that the activity and heat come hard and fast it’s a good idea to load up on water before the event to get a running start and staying hydrated through the weekend. Those who don’t run the risk of getting migraines, mood fluctuations, heat stroke or worse. Extended water deficiencies can lead to kidney stones, strokes or even death.

How do I know when it’s time to hydrate?

Listen to your body.

  • Are you feeling cranky or tired?

  • Have you been perspiring a lot while you show off those sweet dance moves?

  • Do you feel dizzy or light headed?

If yes, then drink some water! Staying mindful about hydration is important, so support your squad by pointing out the free water stations at all Do LaB events and make sure your fellow festies are drinking enough water to stay happy, healthy and cuttin’ rugs on the dancefloor.


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