going out safety for girls

Going Out Safety Tips for Women – Importance of a wing-woman/man

You can have fun and stay safe out on the town with these going out safety tips for women. Grab your wing-man or woman and go out!

It’s not uncommon to hear horror stories about girls who go out and don’t come home or experience things we don’t even want to imagine. While it isn’t pleasant to think about what could happen, being prepared is necessary in South Africa.

A social life is an essential part of a student/life balance. Having a wing-man or woman is a great way to make sure someone’s got your back when you’re out having fun.

Whether you’re going out to a bar, heading for a party, dancing at the clubs or going to a concert, your safety should always be a priority. With these tips, you’ll be able to stay safe and have fun.

1.   Find Your Tribe

Going out alone is not just lonely but can become dangerous. Rather grab a few friends and go out as a group. This way you’ll always have someone to fall back on.

When heading out, there is safety in numbers. A group of about 3 or 5 people should be fine. They say the more the merrier, but it can be quite tough keeping tabs on everyone in a large group.

Create a Whatsapp group to keep up to date with everyone and have designated check in times. We’d also recommend finding a meeting point, just in case you get seperated.

2.   Pack Light

A bag full of unnecessary things can weigh you down on a night out and make you a target. Rather just bring the essentials.

  • Phone
  • Keys
  • ID
  • Cash
  • Makeup staples
  • Band aids (just in case your heels start biting)

3.   Keep an Eye on Your Drink

Drink spiking is one of the worst things that can happen to you on a night out. Never leave your drink alone, you never know when someone might slip something in it. Make sure you always know where your drink is. If you want to go dance, you can always ask your group of friends to watch it.

It’s also a great idea to invest in a scrunchie drink cover.

4.   Don’t Leave with Anyone You Don’t Trust

When you meet someone you really like, it can be tempting to find somewhere to be alone with them. This is when you need to remind yourself of potential dangers. Trust your gut in these situations and don’t be afraid to introduce them to your wingwoman.

Get to know them for a bit and don’t go home with them. They may seem nice at the club, but you don’t know where they’re going to take you. Rather make plans to meet up with them again, if you’ve got a connection worth exploring, it’s not going to vanish just because you didn’t go home with them.

5.   Stick Together

You’ve got a wingwoman for a reason.  Being alone can make you feel vulnerable. You don’t have to attach yourself to another human for the entire evening, but rather don’t separate into different bars or go too far away from each other. If you or your friend meet someone new, make sure you don’t disappear into a dark place alone with them.

6.   Learn Some Basic Self Defense

While we all hope to never end up in a situation where we need to protect ourselves, you never know what may happen. Knowing basic self defense can literally save your life. There are plenty of places to go for self defense training.

Final Thoughts on Safety Tips for Girls

Going out is meant to be fun, but safety concerns can make the evening less enjoyable and take a toll on your mental wellbeing. With these tips, you’ll be able to stay safe, let your hair down and dance the night away.

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