How to Have a Safe Stag Weekend?
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, make sure you’re clued up on how to stay safe on your stag do to make sure you all have an awesome time. Although the main objective of a stag do is to have a fantastic time making memories with the best lads, there are a few things you should know and make note of when it comes to staying safe, especially if you guys are heading across the channel to celebrate in one of Europe’s party cities. Even if you’re staying in the UK, we’ve made a list of some of the things you might want to keep in mind whilst celebrating and having fun on your stag do!
How Can you Stay Safe on the Stag Weekend?
Making sure that everybody is safe and sound whilst out on the stag do should be one of your top priorities aside from having fun. 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 stress or worry.
1. Drink Responsibly
Probably the biggest thing to remember on the list. Although alcohol and stag dos 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 across Europe for the stag do, 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, then check out these 13 stag weekend survival kit essentials for some inspiration.
4. Line Your Stomachs
If you’ve got a busy day full of activities planned or you’re getting ready to hit the bars and nightclubs on 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… because who wants to be celebrating the stag’s last days of freedom on an empty stomach?
If you’re not sure as to how you’re going to fit all this around all the activities you have planned, why not take a look at our stag do meal activities?
5. Peer Pressure
We all know that stag dos are known for being fuelled by alcohol in most cases. But like we’ve mentioned above, there’s no need to go overboard on the drinking, especially if you’re not much of a drinker! Sticking 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.
6. Tried & Tested Activities
Whether you’re staying in the UK or flocking to one of Europe’s party hotspots, we’ve got the stag do activities to make it a fantastic occasion! Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-fuelled action or classy & sophisticated experiences, all of our suppliers are verified, and their activities are tried and tested. This has earned us thousands of 5-star Trustpilot reviews, meaning that you can trust that whatever you’ve booked, you’ll get exactly what it says on the tin.
7. Protect Yourselves Financially
Although the last thing you want to be worrying about is financial protection when you’re jetting off on your stag do, it’s still something you should take very seriously, especially if you’re heading abroad. Funktion Events is a fully ABTA bonded stag & hen party company, meaning that if the worst case scenario should come up, you and the girls will have the peace of mind knowing that your finances are covered by UK laws and regulations should anything happen. 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.
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. 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. Check out the 18 travel scams and ways to avoid them.
9. Fancy Dress
Fancy dress is one of the best and funniest things to do on the stag weekend and makes for an unforgettable celebration. Although a lot of bars and nightclubs are completely fine with fancy dress stag do groups in the UK and abroad, some places are bound to have different attitudes. If you’re partying in the UK, check with any venues you plan to go to if fancy dress is permitted, either by checking their dress code policy or asking directly. If you’re heading abroad, check online before you fly to see where other stag do groups head to the most!
10. Do Your Research
If you’re heading to a completely new destination for the stag do, then you’re going to want to do at least a bit of research before you go! For example, getting to know what’s in the area directly outside your accommodation (shops, services, etc.) and the city centre is the best place to start. However, some places are particularly strict when it comes to allowing big stag do groups into their venue, so checking that it’s a welcoming destination for stag weekends first is very important, as some cities are known to be more welcoming than others 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 heading abroad, even just for a stag do. Even if you’re only hopping over the channel to one of Europe’s lively capital cities, laws regarding 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 in a popular stag do destination like Amsterdam may not be so appreciated by the locals in a less busy destinations. It’s always worth checking out reviews and comments online from other stag groups who’ve visited before you. For information on the country you’re visiting, please refer to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s page on foreign travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
12. Personal Safety
Whether you’re abroad or 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 danger.
Making sure that you don’t have your valuables on show as much as possible will reduce the risk of losing your items or being pickpocketed. Keeping your money in a belt under your clothes takes away a great deal of risk and should be your go-to place to put any valuables that you can’t leave at the hotel, such as your mobile phone and ID.
If you’re heading abroad, alcohol and a significant language barrier could also spark up a potentially dangerous situation. Remaining calm and making sure nobody gets into trouble with the locals is the best way to avoid any trouble when partying abroad.
13. Don’t Lose Each Other
You’re all going on a stag do together, so you’ll want to make sure that nobody wanders off or gets lost! To make things easier for yourselves, make sure everybody has each other’s phone numbers and that everybody’s phones are fully charged before heading into town. Keeping a note of the address of your accommodation is also a great idea. As a last resort, choose a designated hotspot where you can wait if anybody goes missing, such as a well-lit landmark.