Chapter 3 - Situations Subchapter: Parties & festivals

Looking out for yourself and others

A party setting with illustrated characters speaking in groups, holding drinks and tacos. Balloons and a 'happy new year' banner is in the background; cups and bottles are on the ground.

 

There are lots of ways you can look out for yourself and your friends to make sure everyone has a great time.

 

At parties

  • Plan the night out beforehand. Know where you are going and how you’re getting there and getting home.
  • Have a Plan B ready for getting home if Plan A fails. For example, arrange a lift with a parent.
  • Decide to stay in a group and look out for each other - squad goals!
  • If you feel unsafe, stay close to your friends and leave as a group.
  • Back yourself - it's okay to say no to anything you don't want to do or take. Whether it's jumping into a pool, taking a substance, drinking too fast, or anything that should be more romantic and at a pace which suits you.
  • Have an exit strategy and plan for what to do if there is any kind of emergency.
  • Drink water regularly.
  • Find food and eat it.

 

At festivals

  • Have a designated festival buddy and arrange to meet somewhere regularly to check in on each other. Don't rely just on your phone, your battery might run out or there might be no phone reception.
  • If you’re sharing a tent with a friend, agree on rules before the first night. For example, no unexpected guests that makes the other person uncomfortable or forced to find somewhere else to sleep.
  • If you’re camping, introduce yourself to your neighbours. Let them know who’s in your group in case strangers are hanging around your tent.
  • When you arrive, take some time to learn your way around so you know where food, security, first aid, and chill-out areas are.
  • Remember to be sun-safe and keep hydrated. Any amount of sunstroke can make it harder to have a good time and stay safe.
  • Keep alert for disrespectful or predatory behaviours and alert security. It might stop someone else getting abused.
  • Respect others property as you’d want your own respected.
  • Find food and eat it and drink water regularly, especially if you think you might be drinking alcohol later.

 

Resisting peer pressure

Recruit a friend or buddy with similar shared values who can support your decision to say no to anything that makes you uncomfortable.

If your friends, or people you’ve just met, are behaving in a way that makes someone else uncomfortable, and you don’t feel in any danger, be upstanding and call out the bad behaviour.

If you’re being encouraged to drink alcohol and you don’t want to, always remember that it’s okay to say no. If someone is persistent and hands you a drink, you can always take it and dispose of it later.

Ignoring your NO means they have moved the line and don’t have the right to complain if you decline the offer.