Party Safety Tips for College Students

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College life can be stressful and demanding, so it’s no surprise that parties are popular both to take the edge off, and of course to have fun. The most important way to ensure that your partying experience is successful is to stay safe! How? Check out these great tips.

*Remember the buddy system
You’re never too old for the buddy system, and if you’re heading to a party you should definitely use it. Going to a party with someone you trust will help both of you get to and from your destination more safely, and you’ll have someone to look out for you at the party.

*Pick a designated driver ahead of time
If you don’t plan on spending the night at the party and you’re not using public transportation, work out a way to get home ahead of time. Don’t leave it until you’re ready to leave the party; talk with your friends beforehand and make sure you have a set, safe way to get back to your place at the end of the night.

*Keep your valuables on person
Parties can be crowded, rowdy, and full of strangers—don’t put your valuables at risk. Make sure to keep your money and cellphone in your pockets or in a handbag. And if you bring a bag, keep it on your shoulder. Not only can it be tricky trying to track down your belongings when you’re ready to leave the party, but it can be really easy for someone to swipe your valuables if you leave them out in the open.

*Don’t leave your drink unattended
We’ve all heard this before, and that’s because it’s really important. Don’t leave your drink unattended, even for a moment. If you do, just grab a new one. And don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know well, period.

*Know your limits
A sure way to ruin any party experience is getting too drunk. No one wants to get sick, and you shouldn’t let yourself lose control. Be conscious of how much alcohol you’re consuming, and how strong the drinks are. Set a limit for yourself beforehand, so that you’ll be more aware of when you’ve had enough.

*Be aware of your surroundings
If the atmosphere of the party starts to change for the worse—if you start to feel uncomfortable or things start getting sketchy—then it’s time to head out. Trust your instincts, and know when to call it a night.

What if you’re the one throwing the party?

If you’re hosting the party, you’ll have some other tasks. Make sure to keep your valuables hidden, and store away all breakables. Keep all valuables, glass, delicate objects, and otherwise breakable items out of reach of your party guests. As the host or hostess of the party, you also have the added responsibility of making sure everyone is safe. Be watchful of your guests and always be aware of what’s going on.

You should consider potential risks before you decide to host a party. Are your valuables safe? Did you know that if one of your guests gets hurt, you could be held responsible? And if things get rowdy and your living space ends up getting damaged, you might have to face some big fees or fines. Because of all this, renters insurance may be a helpful asset to have. Policies often include liability coverage that will protect you against costs you can be faced with if your property gets damaged or if someone gets injured on your property. Double check with an agent to find a plan with adequate liability coverage, and enjoy your party.

For a quick overview of the value of renters insurance for college students, check out this video from GradGuard.