10 Ways to Stay Safe and Not Stupid at a Festival

Festivals are all about taking risks, expanding your horizons and living outside the comfort zone - but we also want to keep you safe at all times, and that takes responsibility. Our ranger team are here to help and be there for any unexpected issues, but it’s also up to each and every one of us to create a safe environment for ourselves and each other. Lead Ranger and Safety Queen Laura Rennegade gave us her top ten tips for staying safe - not stupid! - at a summer festival.

  1. Use the Buddy System

Trying new things is always more fun with friends.

Photo by Daniel Montuoro

Photo by Daniel Montuoro

2. Drink Water

The sun is hot!!! And it's easy to get dehydrated. Avoid sunstroke and keep the party going late into the night by taking care of your body.

Photo by Daniel Montuoro

Photo by Daniel Montuoro

3. Be respectful, present and conscious

Your substance intake is never an excuse. Take care of your fellow festival goers, look for cues and ask for consent before doing anything - from staring to physical contact to a sand-dune piggyback ride!

Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

4. Get sun smart

Stay lubed, lathered and brimmed - or as they say in Australia: Slip, Slop, Slap! Sunburn is no fun, and all it takes is some sunscreen (from our partners at Biosolis), a sexy wide-brimmed hat or parasol, and a T-shirt to keep you feeling good.

Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

5. Eat right

Keep your fries to yourself! Don't be tempted and don't leave food unattended to be swooped on by those pesky winged rats aka pigeons. We’re sharing their habitat and they can’t handle the grease as well as you might.

Photo by No Fear of Missing Out

Photo by No Fear of Missing Out

6. Leave No Trace

Pack it in, pack it out. Show your gratitude by leaving the beach cleaner then you found it.

Photo by Tico

Photo by Tico

7. Don’t play on the dunes

Help us protect this landscape for future migrations - and those who live here all year round.

Photo by Tico

Photo by Tico

8. Utilize Your Rangers

We are here to help you have the best possible experience! Look for our bright yellow shirts and don't hesitate to flag us down if you see someone in need.

Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

9. No Glass on the Beach

Transfer your alcoholic beverages into a reusable (non-plastic) container before you arrive; and respect your fellow barefoot festy-goers by keeping the beach safe to walk on barefoot.

Photo by Daniel Montuoro

Photo by Daniel Montuoro

10. Have fun!

Go out, meet new people, smile and have a great time - it’s why you’re here!

Photo by Tico

Photo by Tico