How to Stay Safe on Nights Out

Going out on the town should be a fun and exciting experience for everyone, but it’s still important to always stay safe and never to put yourself in danger while you enjoy your evening. Whether you’re heading to a party, going dancing at a club or just drinking in the pub, these handy hints will ensure you have a safe yet great night on the tiles.

Stay in a Group

The more people that you are with when out for the night, the safer you’ll be. Of course, the members of your party need to be people that you trust and who care about you. If you’re partying with friends, you can be more confident that you’ll be protected and won’t be able to make a poor decision.

A group size of around 3 to 5 people is ideal – if the group is too big, keeping an eye on everybody can be hard s the night wears on. Setting up a buddy system and arranging a set meeting point should anyone get separated will help to keep everyone on track.

Take The Essential Items With You

Make sure that whichever bag you plan to take on your night out you can fit in all of the key essentials. Yes, you’ll want to take your lipstick to touch up in the bathroom, but there are other more important things to carry along with you. Your phone, for start. Always ensure it’s charged up, and take along a portable charger if you’re out for a long time. You’ll also need to remember to take your keys and have some cash on you as well as just your cards in case you need to pay for an emergency taxi. You may not be able to look for a cashpoint in an emergency situation.

Carry Out Some Regular Checks

Checking up on yourself occasionally through the night can help to ensure that your well-being is cared for. Before you head out, make sure that you’re well prepared and that you have everything you need with you as well as arrangements in place for getting home or somewhere to spend the night. While you’re out, you should take the time to think about whether anything is making you feel uncomfortable, whether you’re getting carried away or whether you might need to slow down your drinking. As time ticks on, you need to make sure that if you’re staying out longer than you expected you have somewhere to stay and a way of getting home the next day. You don’t want to get to the end of the night and then have to worry about where you’ll be heading next as this could leave you vulnerable and put you in a position where you could make a poor decision.

The Importance of a Back Up Plan

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, so if you lose your keys or phone, or if you lose your friends or drink too much, you need to have an action plan in place so that you don’t panic and know exactly what steps to take. Make sure you have important phone numbers written down in a safe place just in case you lose your phone or if your battery runs out, and arrange someone that you can call if you have a problem or if you need somewhere to stay. While this may sound pointless, if you find yourself in a difficult situation, you’ll be glad that you know exactly who to contact to help you out.

Stay Protected

You should consider learning some basic self-defence techniques just in case you end up in a tricky situation at some point. You don’t need to be a black belt in karate, but knowing how to get away from a potential attacker will give you greater confidence when you head out for the night. There are many courses which teach women’s self-defence classes and which can help you get to the grips with the basics.

Watch Your Drink

Of course, you should always avoid drinking so much when you’re out that you don’t know what you’re doing. You should also make sure that you keep an eye on your drink at all times to ensure that nothing gets slipped into it while you were distracted.

Don’t Accept Lifts From Strangers

This may sound obvious, but after a few drinks, the idea of walking home might not be very appealing. Nevertheless, never accept a lift from a stranger, or from someone that you only just met. For a start, they may well be over the limit, and secondly, they may not be trustworthy. When getting a taxi, make sure that they are a licensed cab and if you’re walking home, try not to walk alone as this could put you at risk.