A night out with friends should be fun and stress-free, but unfortunately, we live in a world where women need to have their guard up 24/7.
While you shouldn’t spend the entire evening stressed about something bad happening to you, it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings.
Not to mention, there are many ways to ensure you and your pals stay safe and get home without any issues. From watching your drink to making sure no one goes home alone, here are some tips to follow for your next night out on the town:
It may be cliche, but the buddy system works. Whether you’re going to the bathroom, getting another drink, or walking to get a late-night snack, make sure you are doing it with a friend. Try to not do anything by yourself and never let anyone walk home alone. Make sure everyone gets into their rideshare car safely and ensure no one is venturing out into the night by themselves.
When going out, make sure to keep a close eye on your beverage at all times. If you’re ordering a drink from a bartender, make sure to grab it right as the bartender hands it over. Do not leave your beverage unattended, as it only takes a second for someone to slip something into your drink. Also, never accept a drink from a stranger. If someone wants to buy you a drink, go up to the bar with them and take it straight from the bartender’s hands.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gone out with friends and multiple people’s phones end up dying throughout the night. While it may not seem like a big deal, it is extremely important that you have a working phone on you 24/7, should you get separated from your group or find yourself in a questionable situation.
Check your phone about an hour before going out and see if it needs to be charged. However, if your phone frequently dies during nights out, consider getting a small portable charger that you can fit inside your purse just in case.
It’s a good idea to keep extra cash in your pocket (or shoe, if your outfit doesn’t have pockets), should your purse get stolen or you wind up separated from your wallet. You can use the cash to get a taxi home in the event you need to.