Tips for Staying Safe on Your Clubbing Holiday
Clubbing holidays are a rite of passage for many young people. A holiday with friends, partying the nights away, can be a great experience. These safety tips can help ensure you have a great holiday and return home with happy memories.
Create a Contact List
Create a telephone contact list before you even leave the country, and carry it with you when you're out and about. That way, if you lose your phone, you won't lose your numbers. This list should include the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre (CEC), which can be contacted from anywhere in the world.
Protect Your Stuff
You may be asked to leave your passport with the hotel when you check in. If not, ask if they have a safe, and leave behind the things you know you can't afford to lose. This is particularly important if you're heading out for a long night of clubbing. Take the money you'll need and leave credit cards and large amounts of cash in the hotel safe. It can take a lot of time and inconvenience to get your passport replaced abroad, costing you valuable holiday time. Keeping a copy of your contact list with your stored items is also a good idea.
Don't forget to leave your hotel door key at reception too. The last thing you want is the inconvenience of being locked out after a long night of partying.
Safety in Numbers
You're in a country that isn't your own, and you probably don't speak the language. Sticking together is important, especially if you're all drinking. Being lost can be a scary scenario in your country, but being lost, drunk and alone abroad can be dangerous. If you're in a large club, and you want to split up, make sure you all have a central location that you can head to at the end of the night. Again, remember to carry a copy of your contact list when you're out.
Know Your Limit
You'll want to have a drink, and why shouldn't you? But, knowing how much is too much will help you stay safe. If you're on a clubbing holiday, the party rarely gets going before midnight. If you start drinking too early, you might be too drunk to enjoy the party by the time it livens up. Prepare for your night with a meal and light pre-drinks if you want to have the energy to party safely into the early hours.
No Such Thing as a Free Drink
Of course, not everyone offering to buy you a drink has bad intentions. However, assuming they might is not a bad thing. It's easy for someone to spike your drink without you noticing. Only take drinks from people you know, and avoid leaving your drink where you can't see it. If you've walked away from your drink at any point, ask the bartender to pour it away. Anything could have been dropped into it in your absence.
Staying hydrated in any hot environment is a must. The combination of hot sun and too much alcohol can leave your body crying out for water. You'll feel better in the morning if you drink water before you go to sleep, keeping you well enough to enjoy your holiday to the max.
Look after Each Other
Excessive alcohol can lead to vomiting, which can cause you to choke in your sleep. Make sure everyone in your group knows how to keep each other safe: if somebody is so drunk that they're barely conscious, place them in the recovery position and keep a close eye on them. They may wake up with a pile of vomit next to their head, but at least they'll be waking up. Likewise, if you're in a room with a balcony, stay off of it when drunk to avoid accidental falls.