It’s the most wonderful time of the year- HOUSE CRAWL. The house-to-house, alcohol-fueled hike that we Bees make to celebrate that we survived another year of hell. Those who are new to the game, or are experiencing their first House Crawl, could use a few tips to help make their experience safe, fun, and memorable.
- Plan your outfit ahead of time, don’t wait until the last minute.
God Bless America, right? Patriotic attire is required. American everything, people. That means bandannas, shirts, shorts, hats, jewelry, leggings, shoes, whatever you choose, just make sure it’s red, white, and blue. Speaking of shoes, you will want to wear a pair that you don’t mind ruining. By the end of the day they will be caked in dirt, stains from different drinks, and *smelly*. And my god, wear something relatively comfortable.
- Eat a good meal before you start crawling
Everyone knows, or should know, that the key to not throwing up and to making it through a whole day of “activities” is eating a good meal beforehand. Empty stomach + drinks = BAD. Maybe even bring some snacks with you for added energy once you are nearing the end of the crawl.
- Decide what you are drinking a few days before!
Whether you have bought a wristband or are providing your own drinks, make sure you are prepared for what you will be drinking. Don’t mix different kinds unless you know it won’t end badly. And don’t leave yourself rushing to the store to get supplies the morning of.
- Water is key to health, happiness, and survival.
Listen to what your mom said and make sure to drink enough water. Considering most of the fluids in your body will be non-water, it is important to stock up on some H20 before. Walking, drinking, and sunshine don’t mix unless you are including some water in that mix. Maybe bring some with you, or be creative and incorporate it into your drinks.
- Be prepared for any kind of weather.
The forecast is iffy for this Saturday, so make sure you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us. Cold? Bring layers and get creative with your American apparel. Rain? Rain jackets and rain boots are lifesavers. Sunny and hot? Sunscreen is a requirement and sunglasses are clutch.
- Don’t go alone & don’t lose your group!
If you are like this writer, when you get a couple drinks you start to talk to everyone and anyone except your friends you came with. Make it so that your friends keep an eye on you and ensure that you aren’t talking to that person you had one class with freshman year, for an hour and a half. Stick with your squad and kill House Crawl.
- Take tons of pictures….for memories and evidence.
Photos are something you can look back on for years to come. You can show your kids when mom and dad were cool and did fun things in college. Photos are also a way to document where you were, when, and with who. Sometimes that is handy to know when you come home with random bumps and bruises, strangers’ phone numbers, or other odds and ends.
- Be responsible!
We need to remember that while we are college kids, we will be walking through streets and neighborhoods that are not comprised of college kids. Don’t throw trash on the ground, don’t yell cuss words, don’t pee on lawns, don’t fight with neighbors, etc. Basically, just be a decent human being and be respectful towards the people who aren’t calling the cops on you.
- Be safe!
We are all just trying to have a good time, so be sure to look out for one another. If someone seems like maybe they need to go home, tell their friends and help them out. Or if you seem someone wandering alone, walk over and make sure they are okay. Just keep an eye out on your friends, friends of friends, and strangers, because we are all in this together and would never want to lose one of our peers to something that could be prevented. Don’t overdo it.
- Have fun!
Something like this only comes around once a year and is something you can only do when you are young, so take advantage of it! Let loose a little, celebrate the semester being over, and enjoy the freedom of being young and in college- you deserve it!
That’s all I have for you, Bees! Remember these 10 tips and you should be set! Happy House Crawl!!!