Before your night out, festival or event checklist:
Get a good night’s sleep or have a sneaky afternoon nap.
Eat and hydrate well.
Dress to match the weather conditions and dress code.
Carry photo ID, remember most places need to scan your ID or match it to your ticket, or you won’t be able to get in.
Extra money for things like coat check, taxi, ride share or public transport.
Charge your phone and get credit (if you’re not on a plan) or top up your data if you’ve run out, so you can find your friends, use maps & apps and order a ride home.
Take condoms, just in case you decide to have sex or help out a mate if they forgot to pack some.
Plan your trip – know where you’re going, and how to get there.
Plan how you’ll get home – public transport, ride share or get picked-up by parents, sibling or friends.
Let someone know what time you expect to be back.
Plan your night out – how many drinks you might have and only take enough money for the plan. When you take a lot of money or your card, you might spend more than you planned.
Make smart decisions when you are out. Some things to consider:
You can have a good time without drinking alcohol or taking drugs Remember – the safest choice is not to take drugs at all.
Keep your wits about you and trust your own judgement or gut instinct. If a situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
Stay close to friends you trust, and remember ‘mates look after mates’, keep an eye out for each other.
If you are faced with a situation that could possibly get violent, walk away.
When entering and exiting a venue or event, take note of conditions of entry e.g. lock out times, pass outs and excessive queues, as you may not be able to get back in.
Remember to stay hydrated by drinking 500-600ml of water over each hour, when you’re active. If the venue or event is licensed, they are required by law to provide you with free drinking water.
Take regular breaks from dancing to chill out and cool down.
The stimulant effects of amphetamines or caffeine (like in energy drinks), can mask the depressant effect of alcohol and can make you feel less drunk than you are and can increase the risk of overdose and you may take more risks.
To avoid drink spiking, watch your drinks being poured if possible, don’t leave your drink unattended and don’t accept drinks from a stranger. The most common form of drink spiking is alcohol. If a friend appears to have been drink-spiked don’t leave them alone. Assist them to get medical attention.
Think about what you post on social media… what is safe, legal and not crossing the line. Posting pictures of people who are unconscious or containing nudity without their permission is not ok.
Seek help immediately if you are worried about yourself or someone else. Remember that every second counts, so react fast and head to first aid for help if at a festival or call an ambulance on triple zero 000.
Never get in a car if the driver has been drinking or taking drugs.
Accepting a lift from a stranger, including someone you have just met, can be unsafe. If you do plan on getting a lift with someone you have just met, tell a friend and give them the details.
Reconsider driving yourself. If you have driven your own car and end up drinking or taking drugs leave your car where it is and find a safe way home with friends, in a taxi, ride share or on public transport.
In the case of an emergency and if you get stuck, consider calling a sober friend or parent. They may be annoyed, but they will be happier to know you get home safely.
If your phone is about to run out of battery, let someone know what time to expect you home.