How to Have a Safe Stag Weekend?

Staying Safe on the Stag Do

So, you’re about to head on a stag do to celebrate the groom-to-be’s last days of freedom...

But before the antics start, you’ll need to make sure that you’re all clued up on how to stay safe on your stag do to make sure that you all have an awesome time! Although the main objective of a get-together like this is to have a fantastic time making memories with the lads, there are a few things you should know and make note of when it comes to staying safe.

Especially important if you guys are heading across the channel to celebrate in one of Europe’s party cities, keep reading to see our list of some of the things you might want to keep in mind whilst celebrating and having fun on your weekend away!

How Can you Stay Safe on the Stag Weekend?

Without a doubt, making sure that everybody is safe and sound whilst out on the weekend should be one of your top priorities. Even if you’re celebrating in the UK, there are a number of different ways that you and the lads can make sure you have an unforgettable time without any additional stress or worry.

1. Drink Responsibly

This is probably the biggest thing to remember on this list! Although alcohol and stag groups go hand-in-hand on almost every occasion, there’s no need to overdo it on the drinking. Remember to keep your limits in mind and stick to them as best as you can, especially in unfamiliar surroundings.

If you need any advice on responsible drinking or you’d like to learn more, please visit: https://­­www.­­drinkaware.­­co.­­uk/

2. NO Spiking the Stag

Although this may seem like common sense, it may seem like a harmless idea at first to slip some extra strong spirits into the stag’s drink when he’s not looking, but this could end up doing more damage than good!

3. Pack the Essentials

Whether you’re only heading to the nearest major city in the UK or halfway around the world, it’s important that you pack the essentials and make sure you arrive fully prepared!

There’s no need to over-pack but having all the important stuff will definitely ensure that you have a great time.

If you want an idea of what’s best to take with you, take a look at our tips on How to Survive a Stag Do »

4. Line Your Stomachs

If you’ve got a busy day full of fun stag activities then a big night out, one thing is for sure: you and the lads need to line your stomachs first

Not only is this a wise idea before any night out, but it’s also a really good idea if you’ve got a big day of busy activities ahead of you too!

5. Peer Pressure

Stick to your limits and not bowing to peer pressure is a solid way to make sure you stay safe and in control whilst still being able to have fun and enjoy yourselves. 

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7. Protect Yourselves Financially

Although the last thing you want to be worrying about is financial protection when you’re jetting off, it's worth noting that Funktion Events is a fully ABTA bonded stag & hen party company, meaning that if the worst case scenario should come up, your finances are covered by UK laws and regulations.

However, there are further steps you can take to ensure you don’t end up out of pocket for whatever reason; Things like making sure you have valid health and travel insurance will go a long way.

8. Pickpockets

Although this isn’t as much of an issue as you may think, statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that pickpocketing is on the rise in major cities like London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

However, the risk is arguably higher in European cities and elsewhere in the world, with some cities being notorious for the petty crime such as Paris, Rome and Barcelona.

No matter where you go, make sure you keep all of your most valuable items locked away in your accommodation. If you have any valuables on you, such as a phone or wallet, keep them off-show as much as you can to avoid attracting attention. If abroad, wearing a money belt underneath your clothes is common good practice. You can read more about this topic in our article about the Latest Travel Scams »

9. Fancy Dress

Fancy dress is easily one of the funniest ways to celebrate during your big night out on the last weekend of freedom. Despite the fact that plenty of bars and nightclubs are completely fine with stag groups sporting fancy dress outfits, some venues are bound to have different attitudes towards the idea.

If you’re celebrating in the UK, we highly recommend checking ahead with venues that you plan to visit to see whether or not fancy dress is permitted. You can either do this by checking the relevant website for a dress code policy or by contacting venues directly via phone or email. If you’re heading abroad, we recommend checking online to see where most groups in fancy dress flock to in your chosen destination!

10. Do Your Research

If you’re heading to a completely new destination for the stag do, then be sure to do plenty of research before you go! For example, getting to know what’s in the area directly outside your accommodation (shops, services, etc.) as well as checking out what’s on in-and-around the city centre are the best places to start.

However, it’s good to note that some locations are particularly strict when it comes to allowing big stag do groups into their venue. Some cities are also known to be more welcoming than others when it comes to stag groups, both abroad and at home.

11. Educate Yourself

Keeping up-to-date on the latest news and issues going on in the country you’re travelling to is one of the most important things to check before jetting off on your big weekend away. Even if you’re only hopping over the channel to one of Western Europe’s lively capital cities, laws and regulations regarding activities like smoking and drinking can vary even between EU countries.

Etiquette is also a big thing to keep in mind. For example, what might be widely acceptable for a stag weekend in Amsterdam may not be so appreciated by the locals in a less busy destination. Therefore, it’s always worth checking out reviews and comments online from other groups beforehand.

For information on the country you’re visiting, please refer to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s page on Foreign Travel Advice »

12. Personal Safety

Whether you’re heading abroad or staying at home, personal safety (especially on a night out) should never be something to take lightly. With alcohol thrown into the mix, things can quickly get out of control and you could find yourselves faced with a difficult situation.

For example, taking precautions such as making sure your valuables aren’t on show can be a great idea when it comes to reducing the risk of losing your items or being pickpocketed. Not only that but using tricks such as keeping your money in a belt under your clothes takes away a great deal of risk.

If you’re heading abroad, alcohol and a significant language barrier could also spark up a potentially dangerous situation - That’s why remaining calm and making sure nobody gets into trouble with the locals is the best way to avoid any trouble when partying abroad.

If you’re interested in learning more about staying safe from common scams in the UK and Europe, see our guide on 18 Travel Scams & Ways to Avoid Them »

13. Don’t Lose Each Other

To make things easier for yourselves, making sure that everybody has each other’s phone numbers and that everybody’s phones are fully charged before heading out is essential, as well as keeping a note of the address of your accommodation. As a last resort, choose a designated hotspot where you can wait if anybody goes missing, such as a well-lit landmark.

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