King’s Day is coming up and we want to make sure that you’re ready for The Netherlands’ biggest party of the year. When we say King’s Day what we’re really saying is King’s night, day and then night again – maybe even a little King’s day after, if you’re really ready to get into it. A celebration of this magnitude is one that you want to be prepared for, and one that you want to go into with a plan, more than that, it’s also a party that you’re going to need a recovery plan for, because we all know you’re going to feel a little under the weather the day after.
Prepare for King’s Day
Get party fit. This means training so that you can endure the entire party, but not necessarily physical training (although stamina will come in handy). What you’ll need to do is train for drinking. If you’re going to be drinking alcohol on King’s Day for the first time in a while you’re going to become too drunk, as well as exhausted, pretty quickly. Drinking for extended periods of time requires practice, so make sure that in the weeks leading up to King’s Day you have a bender or two. Just make sure you don’t go too crazy immediately before the 26th – you’re going to want to be fresh for that night.
Orange is the only colour you should be wearing on King’s Day, and probably isn’t a colour you wear too often. This is great, as all your regular clothing isn’t going to get trashed during the celebrations, but also inconvenient because you can’t just dive in your wardrobe and pull something out. The key is to get out and your orange gear in advance, so you can take your pick of the options and get something that isn’t only orange, but also makes you look hot. Looking hot is very important. If you leave it until the last minute you’ll be able to pick up orange gear from the street sellers but the prices will be inflated and you’ll have limited options for making yourself orange and gorgeous.
During King’s Day
Line the stomach. This is party preparedness 101, but for what very well might be a 36 hour bender you’re going to have to take a more regimented and regular approach to filling your stomach with booze soaking solids. It’s super important that all the beer you’re imbibing has a soft landing, and preferable if that soft landing is on something heavy in carbs and grease (don’t worry about the calories, you’re going to be dancing them all away). Luckily, the Dutchies are renowned for their carb heavy, fatty cuisine, and while for any other purpose they’re not winning culinary accolades, as far as party food goes Dutch cuisine takes the cake. Go for potatoes, croquettes, cheese, meat and especially any fried combinations of the above – anything that seems like it will be giving you a heart attack is perfect for these purposes. And make sure you refuel every few hours, which will be easy using FEBO’s holes in the wall, or any of the temporary food trucks set up around the place.
Just because you’re drinking a lot doesn’t mean that you’re going to be hydrated. Oh to the contrary, our orange-clad chum, all the fun stuff is going to leave you drier than the backside of an Amsterdam dyke (they’re designed to keep out water, obviously). Make sure you top up with plenty of water, even alternating one party drink with one small water, just to make sure you make it through the whole party, or at the very least choose drinks that come with ice cubes and suck them when you’re done. This may seem lame, but there’s nothing lame about being the hydrated party legend still ripping up the canals at midnight.
Carry spare change
All that drinking is going to mean a lot of peeing, and in Amsterdam most public urinals aren't equipped for everyone and most bars are going to require you to pay to play. You don’t want to be caught befouling the streets on the King’s birthday, so make sure you’ve got your change ready to go for all those inconvenient toilet stops.
Don’t drink and smoke
Like moths to a flame, an Amsterdam tourist to a coffeeshop. Yeah yeah, when in Amsterdam and all that, but there’s never been a worse idea than engaging with the extreme spinach while in the middle of a drinking party. If you do that you’ll feel like you’re seasick and being a greened-out vomiting mess will not make you any friends, nor will it help you survive the party.
Recover from King’s Day
There’s nothing we can really help you with here. Visit a Coffeeshop, eat some lekker eten (tasty food), burn anything that’s the colour orange, drink plenty of water, take a painkiller – all of these things can help, but the really real reality is that the only thing that will make you feel truly better is to crack a beer and go outside and enjoy the day.
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