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How to Stay Safe at EDC

EDC Music Festival

It should come as no surprise Las Vegas is the most popular location for the beloved Electric Daisy Carnival. Electronic dance music lovers from around the world will once again descend upon the Las Vegas Motor Speedway; featuring art, circus-style performances, and carnival rides in addition to world-famous EDM DJs and performers.

To get the most out of EDC and enjoy everything the festival has to offer, staying safe and playing it smart is key. Consider the following safety tips as you party at EDC this year:

Become BFFs with your water bottle. Much of the EDC festivities take place outside, where you’ll be exposed to the hot, dry desert air of Las Vegas. June temperatures can soar well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with night temperatures averaging in the mid-90s.

It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the event to stay hydrated and mitigate the heat’s impact on your body (bring your water bottle to fill up at EDCs several free water stations). Many experts suggest drinking extra water in the days preceding your attendance.

Pair fashion with function. Another smart way of handling the desert heat is to dress appropriately. Select outfits comprised of lightweight, breathable clothing you’re comfortable in and aren’t concerned about ruining. Pair outfits with a comfortable pair of shoes–think sneakers–that won’t give you blisters, especially if you plan on joining the dance floor.

And most importantly, don’t forget Baz Luhrmann’s advice; pack the sunscreen. While most of the main events occur post-sunset, you’ll most likely spend some time underneath the summer sun. Being generous when lathering up will protect you from sunburns, causing you pain in the close quarters of the festival.

Don’t be afraid to seek care. If despite your best efforts you feel down, lightheaded, dehydrated, or are otherwise injured, seek medical help at one of the festival’s many medical stations. These first aid tents are always staffed by teams of experienced medical practitioners quick to provide the medical care you need, free of charge. Don’t hesitate to stop in, no matter your issue. It’s better to be checked out and find yourself clear to go, than to let a minor issue become something major.

Pay attention and implement a buddy systems. Las Vegas’s EDC is expected to have over 300,000 attendees this year, making it easy for you to get separated from your friends. Keep yourself and your friends safe by implementing a buddy system and having established checkpoints and times to meet with other members of your group. As always, it’s important to pay attention to your surroundings and belongings to stay safe from ill-doers.

Finally, enjoy the show! EDC is an unforgettable experience that’ll leave you enthralled all year-long. Simply practice these tips to ensure you have the best time.

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