Austin City Limits Musical Festival kicks off this weekend! It’s Austin’s most famous music event, offering the best in music combined with a fantastic 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. Dehydration 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 a memorable time at ACL. That’s why we added five tips to help you stay hydrated, and happy, during any outdoor event.
STAY ON TOP OF YOUR HYDRATION
The best way to avoid dehydration is to develop a hydration routine. We’ve all heard that we need to consume at least eight glasses of water a day. That number may be way too low. Our rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 140 lbs, you should be drinking 70 oz. of water. Add sweating from the heat and alcohol to the mix, and you’ll need even more. Make sure you pre-hydrate with plenty of water before heading out to the festival.
BRING AN EMPTY HYDRATION CONTAINER
This is a game-changer and something you don’t want to forget. Austin City Limits allows attendees to bring up to two factory-sealed bottles of water—up to 1 liter each. Also, 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 hydration stations.
Another frequent contributor to dehydration is alcohol consumption. Sure, beer is mostly water, but the alcohol content tricks your body into expelling more water than you usually would. Your body expels 25 ounces of water for every 16 ounces of beer you drink. As a good rule, be sure to drink at least 12 – 16 ounces of water between your alcoholic beverages. This strategy will keep you from ending your day early, and lessen the blow of your hangover.
TAKE THE 2-HOUR PEE TEST
Most of us attending outdoor festivals hate to use outdoor restrooms and port-a-potties. 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 yellow, that means you are already dehydrated. Do your best not to let your dehydration get that far! If you do, start hydrating immediately.
DON’T FORGET THE ELECTROLYTES
While you’re dancing around in Texas heat, your body loses vital 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 quickly 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 or gout flare-ups.
We want you to have the best time possible, so be sure to keep your hydration game in check all weekend! If you’ll be at ACL, stop by the Bodega and pick up some KSPtabs!