5 Ways To Stay Hydrated at Austin City Limits (and any other outdoor festival)

Austin City Limits Musical Festival kicks off this weekend! It’s Austin’s most famous music event, offering the best in music combined with an amazing outdoor venue in Zilker Park!

The Texas weather is often unpredictable, but hot and humid tends to be the norm. Being outdoors in that type of weather mixed with sweating and alcohol consumption can be the perfect storm for dehydration—which can ruin your experience.

Our bodies are made up of 50 to 65 percent water. When your body loses more water than you’re taking in, you can become dehydrated, which can lead to increased thirst, low urine output, dry mouth, fatigue, headache and dizziness. More severe dehydration can cause a fever, depression, seizure, and even heat stroke.

Austin-based company KSPtabs wants everyone to have an amazing time at ACL. That’s why we added five tips to help you stay hydrated, and happy, during any outdoor event.


The best way to avoid dehydration is to develop a hydration routine. We’ve all heard that humans need to consume at least eight glasses of water a day. But that number may be way too low. On average, men should consume up to 13 glasses of water each day. Women should drink up to nine.

So, make sure you pre-hydrate with plenty of water before heading out to the festival. Then drink more water during the event. Even when you wake up, skip your morning coffee because the caffeine in your coffee can dehydrate you.


Austin City Limits allows attendees to bring up to two factory-sealed bottles of water—up to 1 liter each.

In addition, you’re allowed to bring empty hydration packs and plastic or aluminum water bottles to the event—up to 36 ounces for Yeti hydration ramblers.

Even better, you’ll be able to refill all of them for FREE throughout the day at their water filling stations.


Another common contributor to dehydration is the consumption of alcohol. Sure, beer is mostly water, but the alcohol content tricks your body into expelling more water than you normally would—in fact, 25 ounces of water is expelled for every 16 ounces of beer you drink.

As a good rule of thumb, be sure to add at least 12 – 16 ounces of water between your alcoholic beverages.


Urine Color TestMost of us attending outdoor festivals hate to use the outdoor restrooms and plastic port-a-potties. But, having to use them is a good indicator that you’re on top of your hydration.

If it’s been more than 2 hours since you’ve had to urinate, it’s a good sign that you need to consume more non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages. If your urine is dark in color and you are using that as an indicator of your hydration status, you have already been dehydrated for several hours.


When your body loses water, it also loses key electrolytes and minerals, such as sodium, magnesium and potassium. We suggest adding KSPtabs to your water to help replenish these electrolytes.

KSPtabs are tablets that easily dissolve in your favorite beverage. They were developed to help hydrate your body, reduce your risk of dehydration, and provide your body with the electrolytes that are nature’s stone inhibitors and promote kidney health.

Additionally, if you suffer from kidney stones or gout, KSPtabs help reduce crystal formation and help neutralize your urine pH; reducing your risk of stone formation and/or gout flare-ups.

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