Stay Hydrated at ACL Festival

Say yes to water and stay hydrated all day

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Why stay hydrated?

Staying hydrated will prevent you from getting headaches, passing out, and dehydration in the Texas heat.

“To avoid dehydration or heat exhaustion, festival goers should drink lots of fluids.  Water and low-sugar sports drinks would be best.” said Dr. Erica Moeller, ADC Urgent Care. “They should avoid caffeine and alcohol as these can promote dehydration.”

Dr. Moeller says symptoms of dehydration include

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth/swollen tongue
  • Dizziness, heart palpitations
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness
  • Fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dark urine

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness

“I tell parents to look at kid’s lips,” said Dr. Lisa Gaw, ADC Urgent Care pediatrician. “If they’re dry and/or starting to look cracked or peeling, then they need more fluids. I suggest offering frequent sips to help keep up with hydration. Choose water/electrolyte solutions over sports drinks.”

If you notice something is wrong, be sure to take action.

“These types of symptoms should be treated by going to an air-conditioned area to rest, cool off and to drink lots of fluids,” Dr. Moeller said.

Be prepared

ACL organizers allow the following

  • Empty hydration packs and water bottles (plastic or aluminum) Max size 36oz. for Yeti type hydration rambler
  • Water – you may bring two factory sealed bottles of water (up to 1 liter each) and refill them throughout the day at free water filling stations

There will be water refill stations located throughout the festival grounds and you should be aware of where all of the stations are located.