How To Make Your Own Singers First Aid Kit
If you have vocal aspirations or simply love to sing, you'll want to learn how to make your own singer's first aid kit. A singer's voice is his instrument, and he must take care of it as a professional cellist, guitarist or harpist would care for his own instrument. In fact, the human voice needs even greater care. Although resilient, a mistreated voice will not thrive. Here's all you need to know to make the basic first aid kit for yourself as a singer. Also consult with a voice specialist and doctor for your own personalized needs for inclusion as well.
- First, stock the obvious. You want plenty of room temperature, purified water. Staying hydrated is one of the singer's primary concerns. If you are sweating a lot while performing, you'll need even more water. Many professionals recommend at least eight glasses of water per day, but you may need more or less. According to the Medical Council on vocal health, you should drink enough water so that your pee is pale. Staying hydrated is key, though. Water is an important part of any singer's first aid kit.
- Stock caffeine-free teas. You should avoid any caffeinated beverage before, during or after a musical performance. It's not to say that you can never have caffeine. Simply avoid it on performance days, and it really has no place in a singer's first aid kit.
- Stock pocket-sized bags of lozenges for your voice. There are many name brands. You should experiment to find your favorite flavors, and see what works as most soothing to your throat and voice. Some types include Slippery Elm and Thayer's.
- Stock two types of vocal spray. You may need this in an emergency. Vocal Eze makes a throat spray for professional singers, and there are several types that may soothe the troubled voice. Simply check with your doctor to make sure that the kind of your choice will help your vocal cords.
- Keep a warm-up workout booklet or sheet for your voice in your singer's first aid kit. It's very important to always be able to warm up for your voice in any performance situation. That's essential for giving a healthy, great performance.