7 Ways On How to Stay Safe But Still Have Fun

So your Matric exams are over and it's time to partay! But don't forget to stay safe out there while you're having fun. Here are a few tips on how to stay safe at big parties and festivals.

How to Stay Safe But Still Have Fun

I matriculated in 2012 and, being a massive nerd with major depression and anxiety, I stayed at home after my exams. No Plett Rage for me! (Do people still do that, by the way? I'm so out of touch with the youth, man) However, even though I wasn't there, I have since gone to a fair few large parties and events, so I do kind of know what I'm talking about.

Don't worry, I'm not going sit here and pontificate about how drugs are bad (although they can be) and how you must abstain from sex (unless you want to. If sex ain't your thing, then it ain't your thing) and such like. I'm not your mother, I'm just some guy on the internet. But I do think I have a few good ideas that you could put into practice so, for the next 10 minutes or so, consider me your official Internet Mother™.

1. Have these items with you

Before we can get into the more fun things (sex, drugs and rock & roll, can I get a hellyeah?), let's start with the basics. Here are a couple of things that you should absolutely have with you, no matter who you are, for your safety:

  • Your cellphone
  • A low-end cellphone, not even a smartphone, for absolute emergencies and in case your main phone gets stolen
  • Cellphone charger
  • Power bank
  • Sunscreen
  • Pepper spray
  • Condoms & lube

2. Know who you're with

Honestly, when it comes down to it, the most important thing is who you're with. The company you keep will, essentially, determine the amount of fun you have.

Make sure you're going with people you get along with, people who are of similar mindsets to you and, most important, make sure they are people you can trust. You'll be away from home and if something goes wrong, those are the people you'll need to lean on.

3. Set your boundaries

Another super duper important thing to remember is that you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. Decide for yourself before you go what your attitude towards drinking, drugs and sex (along with anything else) will be.

Maybe you know you're okay with drinking, but you're keeping your pants firmly belted. Or, perhaps, you want to give weed a try but know you won't be trying anything harder. What's important is that you know what you're comfortable with and that you don't let anyone make you do things you are not comfortable with.

4. Know your limits

When it comes to alcohol, there are no hard and fast rules about how many drinks to have, what to drink, etc. The key factor here is knowing your limits and not going past them.

Maybe your friend is an absolute tank and can put away a whole bottle of vodka without breaking a sweat. That doesn't mean you should go and do the same thing - if you're a lightweight, that could lead to some serious trouble.

Know your limits

Oh, by the way, keep an eye on your drinks. Never let someone you don't know give you a drink that you didn't watch them open. Basically, if you didn't watch the drink get poured, don't drink it. People are trash out here in these streets, brah.

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