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FEATURED POST FROM THE BEST BLOGGERS IN MUSIC: How To Stay Safe As A Touring Musician
When you’re on tour, you’ll be visiting new places where there will be many people and possibly unexpected scenarios. You and your band’s safety is of the utmost importance while touring.
Safety encompasses various aspects — your physical health, mental health, road safety and equipment security, including personal items. If you’ve booked your tour and are ready to hit the road, read these tips on how to stay safe as a touring musician:
1. Ensure Road Safety
You and your band will be driving a lot unless you hire a driver. On longer road trips, driving can be tiring and will quickly wear you out. Whenever someone is behind the wheel, someone else should be in the passenger seat as a co-pilot. Also, take turns driving.
Before leaving, do a check-over of your vehicle, looking at the fluid levels, tire pressure, lights and brakes. Additionally, travel when the weather is good. If you have to travel in harsh conditions, leave early so you arrive at your venue on time.
2. Practice Self-Defense
Some bands have bodyguards. Others do not. If you’re in the latter category, it might be a good idea to learn how to defend yourself properly. You never know when a fan or someone you meet along your tour might bring harm — either intentionally or unintentionally.
Choose a practice that best suits your needs to make you feel comfortable and prepared for unexpected situations.
3. Stay Healthy
Your physical health is essential to maintain no matter where you are, so don’t neglect it on the road! After long hours of travel, take the time to stretch and exercise.
Additionally, take breaks often for food, water and restroom use. If you’re feeling ill while on tour, it’s best to rest. For serious illnesses, locate a clinic or urgent care facility to get the proper care.
4. Secure Your Gear
Likely, you’ve spent quite a bit of money on your equipment and personal belongings. Do your best to keep your gear in sight at all times, and store it in cases to prevent it from being damaged. If possible, bring your less expensive instruments and equipment on tour in case of damage.
Anytime you stop somewhere for an extended period, unload your gear and bring it with you. If you can avoid using a trailer, consider doing so, as trailers are easy to unhitch.
5. Contact Others Off the Road
You probably have family and friends outside of your band and crew mates. Keep in contact with them so you can stay grounded mentally. It’s easy to get tired of your touring life when it becomes your entire world.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health in keeping you safe. When you talk to people off the road, you remind yourself of what is most important.
Whether you’re just starting or are a pro at touring, be sure to keep these tips in mind. Staying safe will allow you to have the most enjoyable experience while you’re on tour.
Roll on and rock on.