Planning a stag do can be an exciting time, but it’s important to prioritize safety and avoid potential scams. Whether you’re traveling abroad or staying local, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your group. From booking with a reputable company to staying aware of your surroundings and avoiding excessive drinking, here are 20 tips to help you stay safe and have a successful stag do.
- Book with a reputable company
To ensure your safety and avoid scams, book your stag do with a reputable company that has a good reputation and positive reviews. Do your research beforehand and don’t be tempted by suspiciously cheap deals from unknown companies. On the other hand, cheaper is also an option if you consider booking with local stag do organisers, rather than UK based stag do agencies- since the chain of supply is shorter, you skip the middle man, and book directly with the organiser (e.g.: try googling “ krakow stag do “ and search the Google Maps to find local operators)
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash
Carrying large amounts of cash can make you a target for theft or scams. Instead, use a card to pay for expenses or carry only the amount of cash you need for the day. On the other hand a bit of cash is well advised- especially if you’re planning on visiting some strip clubs- cash keeps your spending safe, as well as your credit card details !!
- Stay aware of your surroundings
Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior or people. Stick to well-lit and busy areas and avoid walking alone at night.
- Avoid excessive drinking
Excessive drinking can impair your judgment and make you vulnerable to scams or dangerous situations. Pace yourself and drink responsibly to stay safe and avoid any regrettable decisions.
- Watch out for pickpockets
Pickpockets can be common in tourist areas, so keep your valuables secure and be aware of your belongings. Don’t leave your phone, wallet or other valuables unattended in public places.
- Use licensed taxis
Using licensed taxis is a safe way to get around the city, and it also avoids potential scams or overcharging by unlicensed taxi drivers. Make sure to use taxis that are clearly marked and have a meter. At the same time be wise- nowadays with taxi apps such as FreeNow or Uber you can check rates for your transfer in advance, and you don’t have to worry about explaining your route to the taxi driver.
- Don’t share personal information
Avoid sharing personal information with strangers, including your hotel address, full name or phone number. Scammers can use this information to target you or steal your identity.
- Be cautious of street vendors
Street vendors may offer cheap souvenirs or goods, but they can also be a front for scams or theft. Be cautious when dealing with street vendors and only buy from reputable shops.
- Know the local emergency numbers
Make sure you know the local emergency numbers for police, ambulance, and fire services in case of any emergency or danger.
- Follow local laws and customs
Respect the local laws and customs to avoid any trouble with the authorities or locals. Avoid any behavior that could be considered disrespectful or offensive, and keep in mind that laws and customs may differ from your home country.
- Avoid illegal activities
Avoid any illegal activities, such as drug use, gambling or prostitution, as these can put you at risk of scams, robbery or arrest.
- Use a money belt
Using a money belt to keep your valuables close to your body is a great way to prevent theft or loss. Keep your passport, credit cards, and cash in the money belt at all times.
- Use a secure lock
Use a secure lock to lock your luggage and hotel room to prevent theft or unauthorized access. Make sure to keep the key with you at all times.
- Use a travel insurance
Using a travel insurance can provide you with additional protection and peace of mind during your stag do. Make sure to read the policy carefully and choose one that covers your needs.
- Avoid unknown places
Avoid visiting unknown places or wandering off the beaten path alone. Stick to well-known and safe areas and don’t explore unfamiliar places without a local guide.
- Be cautious with new acquaintances
Be cautious with new acquaintances, especially those who are overly friendly or pushy. Don’t trust strangers with your personal belongings or money, and don’t agree to meet with people you don’t know well.
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers
Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended. Scammers or criminals can use spiked drinks to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. This is also true, or even especially true if you think of attractive females offering to buy you a drink- unless you are Brad Pitt, you can be sure it’s a scam usually trying to get you to some sort of shady strip club !
- Keep your phone charged
Keep your phone charged at all times and have a backup battery or charger with you. This will ensure that you can call for help in case of an emergency.
- Use common sense
Use common sense and listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong or unsafe, avoid it and trust your judgment.
- Stay in touch with your group
Stay in touch with your group and make sure everyone is accounted for at all times. Set up a communication plan in case someone gets lost or separated from the group.
By following these tips, you can enjoy your stag do while minimizing the risks and avoiding potential scams. Remember to prioritize safety, stay aware of your surroundings, and use common sense at all times. With a little preparation and caution, you can have a memorable and enjoyable stag do without any negative consequences.