Whether you just pulled an allnighter at the library or a bar downtown with your new fake ID (no judgment – we’ve all done it), getting yourself home safely is a must. One of the best ways to get yourself home safely at night is to get someone you trust to escort you home. You can ask a close friend, or get a university escort (most universities offer free safe walk programs to students).
If you can’t find a friend to walk you home and don’t have time to wait for a university escort, follow the tips below to stay safe!
Safety Tips For Walking Home Alone:
Tip #1: Stay Focused
Don’t get distracted or off track. Your goal is to get home safely. If you hear a group nearby, don’t head off-track or see what’s going on. If you think you see something suspicious going on, make a note of what’s happening and where it is and call the police as soon as you get home.
Tip #2: Take Well Lit Routes
Don’t take shortcuts through dark alleys or parks because they’ll get you home quicker. Stay in well-lit areas where you can be more aware of your surroundings.
Tip #3: Don’t Talk On The Phone At Night
It’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Talking on the phone gives us a sense of comfort because it feels like we’re not alone anymore, but it also limits our ability to be aware of what’s going on around us.
Tip #4: Use A Safety App
If you’re going to be walking home from a party or a bar at the end of the night, even if it’s just a short walk, you should use one of the many apps invented to keep you safe in this scenario. These apps allow your friends or family to track your whereabouts until you arrive home safely or they sound alarms if there’s been a change in your walking patterns. They make calling for help easy and give you a little more reason to feel secure. Here are a few safety app suggestions:
Do you have any safety tips or apps that you think should be added to the list? Comment below!