At the end of Year 12, you deserve your well earned celebration. Whatever you’ve got lined up, we hope you have an amazing time.
Although you probably don’t need reminding, we’ve put together a few tips and resources you might like to read before you head off.
Before you go:
Planning ahead could help ensure that things go smoothly.
- Leave a copy of your bank card details at home in case you lose it and have to cancel it
- Make sure you know how to access funds while you’re away (including an emergency stash)
- Take your bank contact details with you so you can report lost or stolen cards
- Know where you’re staying and how you’ll be getting there
- Plan a safe place you can store any important documents or valuables while you’re away
What to take:
We’ve no doubt you’ll take enough outfits to last, but you might also want to remember:
- Your ID
- Phone charger
- A hat, sunscreen and mozzie repellent
- Some comfy shoes
- Small first aid kit – band aids and paracetamol at least
- Medications or prescriptions you might need
- Snacks and emergency food; muesli bars, noodles, cup-a-soups for example
- A reusable water bottle is a good idea too
- Got all your vaccinations?
- Scan or take photos of your itinerary and travel documents with someone at home and keep an emergency copy with you
- Get travel insurance if you haven’t already, and make sure you keep a note of the phone number and your policy
- Make sure someone always knows where you are going and when to expect you back
- Have a way of staying in touch with your parents and contacting them in an emergency. You could give your parents contact details to a couple of your friends going away with you (and their parents too if you know them).
- Stay with your friends when you’re out and about
- Be careful about who you tell where you are staying – maybe arrange to meet new friends in a public place rather than your accommodation – and who you let into your room
- Plan how you will get home and make sure you’ll have enough money left at the end of the night to follow your plan
- If you’re walking around late at night, stick to well-lit areas
- Don’t leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers
- There’s plenty of help around if you need it, so don’t be afraid to ask police, security, emergency services, officials and volunteers
There’s other tips about how to party safely and avoid potential dangers, plus what to do in an emergency here.
Our top 3 recommendations for a great schoolies are to just use your common sense, drink heaps of water, and think twice about what you post on social media.
Go make some amazing memories and have tonnes of fun.