I can remember my first festival well- seventeen, overexcited and abroad. We settled in an area of the campsite that was conveniently vacant and presumed that pitching a tent would be fairly straight forward. Every morning we woke in a pool of sweat and ants with the tent's roof collapsed on top of us. The space was 'conveniently' vacant because it was an area of ants nests with not a branch to shade us from the unbearably hot Hungarian sun. Four years later and I'm still not one to advise about camping, but what I can advise is what you should bring with you if you have diabeetus!! Keep reading for your checklist of what you need for a smooth festival experience.
I'm not going to lie, I don't wear my medical bracelet every day. However, I always make it a priority at a festival. The combination of heat, alcohol, dancing and crowds means that you have to be more cautious than usual. Not to scare anyone off, but the chance of an extreme hypo is always possible. Plus, those large crowds make it easy to lose your friends, leaving you with noone around to know what's wrong. Obviously prevention is key here but wear a medical identification so that you can be helped if you do end up in this horrible situation. By the way, medical IDs don't have to be ugly. Click here for some of my favourites!
This is an essential if you're going anywhere hot. These bags will keep your insulin safe from the heat, which could otherwise leave it completely useless. Plus, they're designed to suit all types and makes of insulin pumps, pens and cartridges. You can click here to get one. I also got a travel case as well as the cooling wallet. It has a little section that carries the wallet and you can literally fit over a year's supply of insulin in it. I brought this with me when I was moving to America six months ago and just look how much is left! Also just a point to note, most airlines allow you to carry it as an extra carry on without charge as it's for medicinal reasons- just ask.
At festivals I usually find myself taking more steps in one day than I do in an entire month and I know I'm not the only one. With all the exploring and dancing it's like one big, fun workout. That means you need some fuel. The day time isn't an issue as there's usually plenty of food stalls, but I always bring a carb to stash in my tent to snack on before bed. I personally like these oat Nairns crackers which you can get here. They come in little packs so they're easily portable. Plus, they're completely made from oats so they're naturally energising and surprisingly filling!
This one is obvious but I couldn't leave it out. If I'm going to a three day festival, I'll literally bring ten packs of sweets. You can try to avoid them, but it's always best to expect a lot of hypos at a festival. The heat, dancing, alcohol, walking- they all add up. My go to festival hypo treatment is lucozade tablets. They're fast acting, easily portable and I only need 2-3 to get me back into the safe zone. I would honestly recommend stocking up on these (click here) if you have a festival planned!
Lastly, you need to wear something that can fit all of your medical requirements. I recently got a belt bag from Calvin Klein for such a good price and I love it! You can get a similar one here. It's big enough to hold a pack of sweets, two insulin pens, my glucose meter plus lipgloss and powder (nobody likes a sweaty face.) Another brand to keep an eye out for is Myabetic. They have some lovely belt bags and fanny packs on their website, specifically designed to hold all of your diabetes bits. Whether you want to go for a classic look or go full festy- I'd recommend either of these options.
There you have it- your checklist for a smooth sailing festival. Enjoy!
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