As fun as Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas will be this coming weekend, there are many things you should keep in mind to ensure a safe and positive EDC experience.
Hydration will be the key to keeping your body at its best for 3 nights of non-stop dancing and awesomeness.
Las Vegas temperatures will be very hot, ranging from 75-95 degrees throughout the night. Dancing for the long periods of time that EDC commands, in those temperatures, dehydration and heat stroke are more likely to creep up on you than at your usual rave. Many people may be caught up in the excitement of the event and not realize the symptoms of dehydration. Indicators include: increased thirst, dry mouth and swollen tongue, weakness, dizziness, palpitations, confusion, fainting, inability to sweat, cramping, decreased urine, and dark color of urine.
Tips on staying hydrated:
Have water on hand at all times and drink 2-4 cups (one water bottle) an hour
Wear shorts, t-shirts, and other loose-fitting clothing
Take a break from dancing in the cool down areas
Take SMALL sips of water if you are under the influence of *drugs or alcohol to decrease the risk of hyponatremia
If you drink too much water you can experience hyponatremia, which can cause nausea, headache, confusion, seizures, and loss of energy
Camelbaks are allowed and encouraged, but you must bring them into the event empty
Consume drinks with electrolytes (Gatorade, Pedialyte, etc.)
Insomniac provides free water refill stations throughout the event. Station locations can be found on the EDC smartphone app.
2. FOOD AND VITAMINS
Throughout EDC weekend you must continue to give your body fuel inside and outside the event.
Good foods to eat:
Foods high in protein
Sealed energy bars (allowed inside the speedway)
Candy - Gives you energy
Vitamin C - Keeps your immune system working at its best and reduces neurotoxicity (Airborne, Emergen-C, etc.)
Magnesium - Helps to prevent jaw clenching
5-HTP (Avoid taking 12 hours before or after using MDMA*)
Taking multivitamins regularly a few weeks before and after EDC will help to keep your body at its optimal state.
The Speedway is a massive venue and will be filled with over 100,000 fans every night. It is highly important to create a system for you and your group to follow. Keep in mind cell-phone service and Wi-Fi will be limited, and cell phones often die.
Pick a meeting spot the moment you walk into the event - Picking a spot while everyone is coherent and is not yet distracted by the excitement of the event, makes it more likely for everyone to remember the location
If you leave your group to go to the bathroom, water, etc., take a buddy with you
Bring a smartphone charging case to prevent your phone from dying
There are lockers available ($90 for the weekend) that have changing stations inside them
If you get separated from your group, do not freak out, ask an Insomniac Team Member for help if needed, and turn this into an opportunity to make some new friends
4. GETTING ASSISTANCE
If you need help GET HELP. Approach an Insomniac Team Member, wearing purple t-shirts, fanny packs, and carrying lightsabers. If you are injured head to the medical tent, look for the red cross symbols. If you see anyone who appears unconscious, having a seizure, experiencing alcohol poisoning, etc., do not hesitate to get help. If you interact with the police, be respectful and they will be too. Remember they are there to keep you safe. (For more tips on communicating with police at raves, go here: (http://showbams.com/2013/11/06/law-mdma-molly-legal-tips-ravers-who-choose-use-ecstasy/)
Make sure you are getting enough sleep the nights leading up to EDC and during the day throughout the weekend. We know that pool parties are appealing, but know your bodies limit. Sleep is essential to refueling your body and keeping it healthy. If one does not get enough sleep it can and most likely will, cause you to be less alert and not able to have the energy needed to dance all night and enjoy the complete EDC experience. One study says, “Reducing your nighttime sleep by as little as one and a half hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32%.”
*Bass Feeds The Soul DOES NOT CONDONE DRUG USE
Written By: Allison Regan
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