Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. If your band director doesn’t provide a Camelbak with your band gear, I highly suggest that you invest in one. A Camelbak is simply a water hydration device that you can carry on your back. It allows you to remain mobile while getting a drink of water though the straw/mouthpiece. Simply place the camel back inside of your refrigerator over night and you have cold water to last you most of the day, depending on how much you drink while marching. It has a lifetime warranty and should last your child for 4 years or more as long as they clean it out on a regular basis. Also, it isn’t designed to be shared with other people.
Eat Plenty of Protein
My daughter always tells me every year that she needs to eat plenty of protein and stay away from certain foods. Protein takes a bit longer to break down but there is no need to go overboard. I think her band director tells the kids to eat plenty of protein so that they aren’t feeling up on junk, empty calories, or greasy foods (it will make you feel sick to your stomach).
Wear the Right Shoes
My daughter’s band director suggested that the band students wear cross training shoes and to avoid running shoes because they don’t have enough lateral support. Your child will be spending a few hours marching each day and they need a comfortable pair of shoes with the right support. The movements in band aren’t easy and it is different from walking or running. They usually walk on their heels and have their toes pointed in the air. If they don’t roll their feet properly, your child could trip and fall resulting in injury.
Take a Break if You Feel Sick or Dizzy
If you start feeling sick or dizzy, let your band director know that you don’t feel well and that you need to take a break. Sit down in the shade and drink some water to cool off. Chances are you are overheated or dehydrated. If possible, use a bandanna or rag covered in water to help cool off. Simply place a cool rag on the back of your neck.
Do you have any other tips to share to with parents and teenagers who are participating in band camp or any other outdoor activity?