Going out at Chico State is normal. Some people do it, some people don’t, no one is going to question your choices. It is your life to live. That being said, Chico State is a known party school, and if you want to go out at night, here are some tips that will help keep you safe at night. The whole theme of this article is going to be: better safe than sorry.
1. Pepper Spray
Pepper spray is an essential for any pocket. While you may not need to use it, often the threat of pepper spray is enough to deter any would be attacker. Chico is generally safe but it is still important to be prepared. Better safe than sorry.
2. Snap Locations
Sometimes it is hard to keep up with all the locations of all of your friends. Assuming they have service Snapchat does a pretty good job of keeping track of the locations of everyone. It makes it easier to keep tabs on everyone.
3. Go out in groups
Going out in groups in one of the best ways to stay safe at night. Being around a lot of people who you trust and know will make sure that there will always be people around you to witness any acts that may happen. Your friends will look out for you.
4. Know the parties, and the people throwing them
Some Frats and Sororities have less the amazing reputations. Know where you are going and who is throwing. Some places are more trustworthy than other, and generally speaking ones with a bad reputation aren’t the ones to go to. Make sure to know the sorority and fraternity culture. Know their morals and what they do to prevent problems.
5. Know how you are getting home
Whether you are Ubering or getting a ride from someone or walking home, make sure you have a plan. Being indecisive is dangerous. It is important to get home quickly, especially if anyone is inebriated in any way.
6. Don’t drink or eat anything you didn’t get yourself
Again, Chico is generally pretty safe, but never drink something that has been handed to you. Especially if it is open. Same goes for eating. With the prevalence of marijuana in this area, you never know what might be in something. Make sure you know what you are eating, don’t eat opened things.
7. Stay hydrated/Eat
If you are going to be drinking, make sure you eat before hand. It will make it easier on you in the long run. Make sure you are drinking lots of water, it will make your hangover easier the next day as well. Plus it is very easy to become lightheaded from dehydration, and when you mix that with drinking… It is just a bad idea.
8. Phone Charged/Portable Charger
Keeping a method of communication open is essential to your safety. Should your phone be one of the bad ones that die frequently, it may be worth it to invest in a portable battery.
9. Have a designated sober
While this one makes sense, it is tempting not to have one since many people don’t drive in this area, but it is still important to have one friend that is going to stay sober (or less inebriated than the rest of you) to make sure that no one is getting taken advantage of or anything
10. Make sure someone knows your plans
Make sure you have a trustworthy friend that knows which party you are going to, the address, when you plan on coming back, and all those details. It can be important to make sure someone is watching your back, even from afar.
Going out at night can be dangerous. But hopefully with this article you will be more prepared to go out and have fun. If you are the type of person who doesn’t go out, make sure to help those who do, watch out for them.