Pride Means Plenty of Parties. Party, Yes. But Safely
June Pride Month and the official kick-off to the summer dance season. This is a good time to think about all of those fun events, the parties, the parades, the street events, the drinking and socializing and so many other things.
It is also a good time to think about how to prepare, enjoy and take part in those events. Taking care of yourself and your friends is key to having a good time and the Juice Box has some suggestions on how to make sure that happens.
Outdoor events lead to heat exhaustion, dehydration and other problems that result from exposure to the outdoor elements. As you plan your summer outings, for a day, or a weekend, try to keep these simple things with you and packed for the day out: sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm, earplugs, comfortable shoes. When possible dress in layers (thinking of the coldest part of the day or as the sun sets and the temperatures drop).
Once you arrive at your events, be sure to hydrate, and do so often. Sorry folks, beer and cocktails are not hydrating, in fact they do the opposite.
Grab a bottle of water when you make that run to the bar, and get some water in you, and if possible try to get it at room temperature, because as nice as that cold water bottle feels, your body does better with room temperature water, than really cold water.
Here is a tip: For every alcoholic or caffeinated beverage you drink, consume an equal quantity of water! As they say at Burning Man: Piss clear. Basically that means remain hydrated enough that your piss isn’t the color of a lemon, of worse, maple syrup, but as close to clear as possible. This is always a good indicator of how well you are doing on hydration and staying well.