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.
Your parents will also feel happier when you tell that that you’ve done your due diligence and are all prepared – winning!
Before Schoolies starts:
Planning ahead could help ensure that you have a drama free, full fun time.
- Leave a copy of your bank card details at home in case you lose it and have to cancel it and take your bank contact details with you so that you can report lost or stolen cards
- Make sure you’ll have enough money to cover all the essentials while you’re away including an emergency stash
- 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
- Remember your phone charger and make sure you have plenty of credit / data, so that you can stay in touch with home or call for help if you need to
- When you’ve booked your accommodation make sure your parents or carers have a copy of the details – they’ll want to know where you are and it could be handy if you have any problems with your booking
What to pack:
We’ve no doubt you’ll take enough outfits to last (hopefully enough socks and jocks too), but you might also need:
- Your ID
- Phone charger
- A hat, sunscreen and mozzie repellent
- Some comfy shoes
- Small first aid kit – band aids and paracetamol at least
- Any 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, staying hydrated is really important
- Sharing a room? You might want a sleep mask or ear plugs
It’s more unlikely this year that you’ll be heading off overseas, but if you’re of the few then you’ll also need to make sure you’ve:
- Got all your vaccinations?
- Scanned or taken photos of your itinerary and travel documents, have a copy with you and leave a copy with someone at home too
- Organise some travel insurance and make sure you keep a note of the phone number and your policy
Staying safe at Schoolies
- Make sure someone always knows where you are going and when to expect you back – ideally go out with at least one other person or in a group
- Have a way of staying in touch with your parents and contacting them in an emergency. Remember it’s FREE to use public pay phones across Australia now. 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).
- When you’re out and about stay with your friends and have a plan to meet up at a certain time and place if you get split up
- Be careful about who you tell where you are staying – you could arrange to meet new friends in a public place rather than at your accommodation – and who you let into your room
- Plan how you will get back to your accommodation 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.
OK so we probably don’t need to remind you about this one. But if you just keep in mind our top 3 recommendations for a great schoolies:
- use your common sense
- drink heaps of water
- think twice about what you post on social media
You’re bound to make some fantastic memories and have an absolute blast.