TIPS FROM THE BONNAROO DEPT. OF HEALTH
The Bonnaroo vibe is a beautiful thing,
but remember that you arein the middle of a city of 80,000 people, so—
• Lock your valuables in your car or in a Bonnaroo Storage Locker. A tent fly isn’t exactly a locked door.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Know where you’re going and who’s around you.
• Practice a “neighborhood watch.” If you see something, say something. (Where have we heard that before?) Look for a member of Bonnaroo’s safety team and clue them in.
How do we get by? With a little help from our friends, of course!
If one of your crew is out of it, is heading for trouble or is vulnerable for any other reason, you have friendship duties to fulfill. Stay close and see them through it. Or if needed, get help (remember, our policy is “no questions asked”—anything you tell our medical or safety team is confidential). Be there for them like you’d want them to be there for you.
You’ve heard this before, and you’re gonna hear it again right now: drink water (and other nonalcoholic beverages). When should you drink them? Drink before you’re thirsty. Dehydration is the number-one cause of unhappiness at Bonnaroo. Water makes your brain and body work, and you need them both to enjoy Bonnaroo. (Not a water drinker? Then tank up with sports drinks, iced tea or anything else without alcohol. Also, foods like apples, watermelon, pineapple and cucumber are like tasty mini water-bottles.) Let us pee completely clear about this . . . Easy way to tell if you’re properly hydrated: Your pee should be clear and odorless. If it’s stinky and yellow, then “urine trouble.”
Medical and safety locations at Bonnaroo are safe havens—meaning, you can’t get in trouble for anything you say to medical or safety staff at Bonnaroo. That’s the deal. So if a friend needs help, please stick around and help fill in the blanks. No one will hassle you. And if you think you might need assistance, don’t worry, speak up. Whatever you tell us is confidential—Bonnaroo staff are here for you and no one else.
Tennessee swelters in the summertime. Even when the sun hides, there’s a good chance you’ll feel like a Moon Pie dipped in hot chocolate sauce. Protect yourself. Pack a hat, breathable clothing and plenty of water. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen early (before you roll out of your tent) and often. Otherwise risk surrendering your Day 4 to the dogs.
There’s one easy way to wreck your weekend (and your friends’): Drugs and alcohol. Drugs raise your body temperature (sometimes fatally) and drain H2O from your cells, while alcohol dehydrates you. Under the brutal June sun, your body and mind can fry way too easily. And the dangers of combining substances are only multiplied in this environment.
WARNING SIGNS OF DRUG OR ALCOHOL OVERDOSE
- Pale skin/ skin discoloration
- Inability to talk
- Blurred vision
- Inability to stay awake
- Irregular breathing
- Skin that is cool and sweaty or hot and dry (instead of hot and sweaty)
- Sleepiness, confusion and disorientation
- Difficulty standing or walking
If you or a friend are in trouble, please seek out medical help IMMEDIATELY. Medical and security are safe havens at Bonnaroo, and you will not get in trouble for anything you do or say. Their only concern is your well-being.
A FINAL WORD
(from a Guy Named Toby):
We asked a friend who’s been to every single Bonnaroo what the secret of having a good time is.
He had a great answer:
“Pace yourself. Take the time to eat and sleep. Sometimes I even take a nap during the day. I also drink a lot of ‘in-between’ drinks, like Gatorade and water. Bonnaroo is no fun if you’re all burned out by day 2. Been there.”