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Get Lit, Stay Safe: A Homecoming Survival Guide

Homecoming season is finally here, and you know what that means, an unforgettable week of partying. Although homecoming is the perfect place for new adventures and making memories, it is important to do it safely. Here are five tips to get lit and stay safe during homecoming!

Party With Your Real Friends

Trustworthy friends are a homecoming essential! Yes, it’s important to travel in groups but if you can’t rely on your fellow partygoers to notice when you’ve been in the bathroom for too long, or intervene when the guy you’ve been flirting with starts to get a little too hands-on then maybe that isn’t the group for you. Having reliable friends to stick by your side and help you when you fall… literally, will make your homecoming experience one you’ll never forget.

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Know Your Limits

During homecoming alcohol is readily available, making it easy to lose track of how much you’re drinking. Chances are you probably had enough to drink while you were pregaming, and the extra drinks at the party will get to you. Do your best to pace yourself. If you feel like you’ve reached your limit remember it’s okay to say no.

Stay Hydrated & Don’t Forget To Eat

If you’re partying hard during homecoming, do your body a favor and drink plenty of water! Try alternating between an alcoholic beverage and a glass of water to avoid dehydration or even better bring a water bottle with you. Staying hydrated will also help prevent a nasty hangover, something your future self will thank you for! While drinking water is crucial to surviving homecoming, so is eating regularly. Try carrying snacks with you and make sure to eat throughout the day, nothing is worse than drinking on an empty stomach!


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Keep Your Phone Charged

Keep your safety a priority by keeping your phone charged! Homecoming is a time for fun but remember anything could go wrong, so it’s important that you can be reached at all times in case of an emergency. Be sure to fully charge your phone before going out, always bring a phone charger with you and maybe even consider investing in a portable charger, so you can charge your phone on the go.

Don’t Drink & Drive

Don’t drink and drive! We’ve all heard it before, but you’ll be surprised how many people, despite the countless warnings, still attempt to do it. Not having a designated driver during homecoming is no excuse either, call an Uber or a Lyft instead. The few dollars you could save is not worth endangering your life or the lives of others.

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These tips are essentially the basics to staying safe, so take heed students and don’t forget to have fun! Happy homecoming 2018 Georgia State!


Paris Gary is currently a student at Georgia State University studying journalism and public relations.
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