Personal Safety in Numbers – Saturday Night on the Town
We may not have believed it when we were in college, but we now know that even 30- and 40-somethings need the occasional night out. A chance to get footloose and fancy free. Or, at the very least, a night without kids a?? full-bellied and enjoying some fine wine with friends and loved ones.
Maybe you have young kids and do not get out often. Maybe youA?haveA?just moved somewhere new. Maybe it has simply been awhile since you have hit the town. Whatever the reason, your Saturday night safety-skills could probably do with some sharpening. Your personal safety should be your number one priority, so let’s break it down. Here are some personal safety tips you should remember while out on the town.
Don’t Forget the Essentials
Put down the diaper bag: a night out is not the same as packing for an outing with two toddlers and a baby (and all their accompanying possible scenarios). Men, you will want your keys, your ID, your wallet and some cash. Women, same goes. If you areA?carrying a purse, throw in some lipstick, a mirror, and maybe a few band-aids for just in case. What is most important here is what not to bring a?? and that is a bunch of cash and all your credit cards. In case your purse or wallet gets stolen, you will want to keep your losses (and hassle) to a minimum.
Situational awareness is a great personal safety skill to have. If youA?areA?venturing into a new part of town, if youA?willA?be walking at night, if youA?willA?be doing things you haveA?notA?done before in places youA?haveA?never been before, it is prudent to be aware of your surroundings and fellow revelers. Exercise common sense, and you willA?enjoy your Saturdays.
Personal Safety in Numbers
One of the best (and most enjoyable ways) to stay safe is to not go alone. Safety in numbers is a real thing a?? and it is fun, to boot! So whether you make a double-date with friends or just make plans to meet up with the guys to watch the game, going out as a group is a great way to avoid problems while out.
Know Your Limit
Our limits for alcohol change over time and circumstances. If you have notA?been out in awhile, there is a natural tendency to overdue it a?? to squeeze the most fun possible out of your evening. But take it easy; you can enjoy yourself without going overboard. And in case youA?haveA?forgotten: the general rule is 1 drink per hour and a total of 3-4 drinks per night.
One last thing: If youA?areA?planning to drink, either designate a driver or have Uber at the ready.
Follow these personal safety tips and you should have an amazing evening and still make it home safe.