Using alcohol or/and drugs, people are more likely to overestimate their driving skills. Do not drive when you are in this condition. In your diminished state you are a direct danger to both yourself and other people. You can kill yourself, your friends or somebody else’s friend or family. Also be aware of another danger to drivers (which is often underestimated): fatigue. The only cure is sleep. Energy drinks and other stimulants will not refresh you. Take care of your own drive home, never join a driver who is not sober. Whenever possible: use public transport. If you do go by car, appoint a designated driver well in advance, encourage and respect their promise to ‘’not-drink-and-drive’’ at the festival and do not distract the driver from driving, no matter how cool you and your friend look on that Instagram picture you took at the festival
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There’s more to partying than dancing. With the most beautiful and sexy people at Pal Mundo Outdoor it is only natural to flirt your way around this beautiful day. However, keep in mind that your judgement may be clouded due to for instance alcohol. Be cautious of taking strangers back to your home, make sure a friend knows who you’re with and where you are. Use condoms.
Don’t be afraid to say no, and don’t allow yourself to get talked into something you don’t want. This also works the other way around – If somebody is too drunk or high to give their consent, then the answer is always ‘’no’’. Respect each other’s limits: do not be persuaded or intimidated. Someone who really likes you, will respect your wishes.
Non-stop partying and dancing are your goal but at some point, your body will need to cool down. Use this time to sit down in one of the chill out areas, take a walk around the festival or sit down at the food court which offers anything you need to recharge.
Always check the weather forecast before you go to a festival and make sure you are prepared for any type of weather. Day and night temperatures can vary a great deal: dress in layers, use sunscreen, take a poncho and wear a hat. Alcohol and drugs will cloud your judgement and assessment of your body temperature. Be sure to bring warm clothes for your journey home.
Look after yourself. Plan ahead. ‘’Less is more’’ when it comes to drugs and alcohol. You don’t want to ruin the time of your friends by overstretching yourself.
Even though you think you can party all-day-long, people are not robots. Give yourself the opportunity to recharge and make sure you’ll get enough sleep. A good night’s sleep will restore your body and will get you ready for the next party! Don’t forget to treat yourself to a good breakfast. Be aware that dancing dehydrates your body of vital fluids. Drink water when you’re thirsty but know that water alone might not be enough. It’s best to drink a combination of water, soda and sports drinks throughout the day. Don’t drink more than 2 glasses or one 0.75L bottle each hour. Drinking too much water can be dangerous. So hydrate yourself – drink water and some sugar and dance all day long!
Look after yourself, look after your friends but also look after other party-goers. Your relish and safety are top priorities for us. If you see someone who is dehydrated, needs medical attention or just a helping hand: be the one to offer your helping hand. Take care of your friends, especially when you know or suspect they are under the influence of a substance. By entering the festival always agree upon a meeting point in case you lose each other. Made the decision to take drugs or drink alcohol? Be honest and tell your friends. Don’t try to convince others to take a substance and do not let someone convince you if you don’t want to. Be yourself and follow your instincts.
A party without music, is no party to begin with. But loss of hearing or having a constant ringing in your ear is not a souvenir you want to bring home. Go easy on your ears and wear earplugs at all times. These are available at our information desk or special hearing loss prevention stands. Also – we recommend staying a few feet away from the speakers. Standing right in front of the speakers is never a good idea, even when wearing earplugs.
We are free to enjoy life but go easy on yourself and your body. If you do choose to use alcohol or drugs do so wisely and consciously. Be aware of how much you consume and pay attention to how you feel. And take care of your friends and family! After all, drinking alcohol and using drugs is never completely without risk. Mixing drugs and alcohol, frequent use or use in high dosages can lead to life-threatening health issues. Risks originate from the amount you consume, the place you consume it, what type of substances you consume and your body’s own reaction. So attend to your own needs and listen to your body.