There are many choices when it comes to partying in Sydney. Depending on what you want to do, you’ll probably want to be prepared, both to look good and be safe. Regardless of whether you are a local with a Sydney apartment or a tourist choosing from the many Sydney hotels close to the action, common sense should always prevail when it comes to your safety.
It is important to think ahead if you are heading for a night out, especially if you are planning on having a few drinks. You’re probably going out with a group of friends, so work out how you are all going to get to your destination. The best option is to be dropped off, whether it is by family of friends or via public transport. This will eliminate the search for a parking spot and worrying about a designated driver. When it comes to getting back home, catching a cab or getting picked up at a safe location is always the best. Don’t always rely on public transport because of timetables and safety issues. If someone is driving, insist they are sober and check they are capable of driving before getting into a vehicle.
If you are going out by yourself to meet up with friends, it would be a smart move to let others know your planned movements, in case of emergency. Also remember to check the opening and closing times of the places you plan to visit – and their dress codes – to avoid disappointment.
It is unfortunate that safety has become such a concern when we go out. Common sense, however, goes a long way to keeping you out of trouble. There is always safety in numbers, so if you are bar hopping, travel to each destination with as many people as possible. Always keep an eye on your friends as well – if someone has had too much to drink then it can make them a target for those with sinister thoughts. Stay with them and support them – better still, get them home to prevent any trouble.
If you do come across trouble, your best weapons are your feet. And by that I mean walking away – don’t be drawn into confrontation. Stay out of the way of fights involving others as well, don’t stand there and film it on your mobile phone. Keep an eye on your drink as well. Drink spikings are on the rise in Australia and they can lead to some heinous crimes.
Give yourself plenty of time to get ready for that big night out. No one wants to be half-way through putting on their makeup when everyone else is in the car waiting to go. Dress appropriately for the venue and the weather so you don’t get caught out when it’s too late. That applies to your shoes as well – make sure they are comfortable. Travel light too. You don’t want to be lugging around a big bag which requires your constant attention in case some light-fingered punter takes a fancy to it.