Happy New Year! It’s time to live up the last moment of this year and ring in the next! But before you go out and watch that ball drop, be sure you know these dos and don’ts to have a safe New Year’s Eve.
9. Plan Out Your Transportation
One of the most dangerous things that can happen to you this New Years is to not have a ride to your event. Or, even worse, after everything is done, not having a way to get home. Before you leave the house, load up your phone with the numbers of a trusted cab company or download a map of the city in case you need to catch a bus.
8. Tell Someone in Advance
Checking in with mom and dad can be a hassle, but they need to know where you were going and who you were going with if something were to happen. Don’t be too proud. Instead, share with a friend or family member your plans and another number to reach you in case of an emergency.
7. Have a Clear Plan
Don’t try to wing it on New Year’s Eve. With so many people out and about, your options are endless, which means there is no excuse on wandering the streets or dorms looking for the best party. Have a set plan of where you will be and when so you can avoid getting lost or taking a wrong turn to a bad event.
6. Carry an Extra Charger
Your phone is a lifesaver, and it is important that on holidays like New Years that your phone is charged and ready to be used at any time. Purchase a portable charger or throw a wall or car charger in your purse. You’ll be thankful for it after you take all those awesome NYE selfies.
5. Hide Your Money Well
If you do plan on going out to a large event, beware of pickpocketers. They are so good that they can get into your shut and zipped purse without you even knowing! Instead of stashing away all your money in your wallet, tuck a few dollars or a debit card under your shirt or do what some runners do and stick some money into your shoe. They’ll never know to look there!
4. Comfort Over Fashion
Those high heels are awesome, but can you really walk in them (especially if you needed to because of an emergency)? Make your own fashion statement by saying no to uncomfortable outfits that are hard to walk or stand in. Instead, hit the shopping mall for a look that allows you to move around freely.
3. Know Your Limits
Only you can say “no” to a situation. Before you go out, have a heart to heart with yourself and set some firm limits. That way, if you get to your end, you’ll already be resolved to saying no. And if you’re comfortable, tell your friends about them too so they know not to pressure you or ask you to do more than you’re willing to.
2. Stick to Familiar
NYE is great for a public event or hitting up a house party. But make sure you know what you’re doing before you go too out of the box. Go out with friends you trust, to places you know how to get out of, and to parties you know are safe and well-contained. If you’re feeling uneasy, find an alternative event instead.
1. Bring a Buddy
Who do you plan to smooch at NYE? Going solo on NYE is not a safe idea. Instead, take a friend that you know well and stick to their side as much as possible. If you do get lost or separated before the ball drops, have a meet up place or a couple of contact points.