13 Must Know Safety Tips For Every “Schoolie”

Safety Tips For Schoolies

How To Prepare Your Kids For Their First Solo Adventure

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School has now wrapped up for Australian year 12 kids and like most “Schoolies” their next thought after the exams and ‘formals’ is that all important “Schoolies” Holiday.
Miss M has just started her final year of schooling, so this will be us next year, waving goodbye with gritted teeth, and butterflies clawing anxiously inside my stomach. Trying desperately not to show the anxiety and worry we feel about her flying the coop.
As much as we are dreading this, we also know that this is a right of passage for her and the majority of teenagers who are finishing up their school careers.
She has already decided that her and her group of friends are not going to brave the chaos of the Gold Coast, but want to find a relaxed cabin or apartment in a more quiet and secluded spot, the bright lights and hustle are not for everyone.

Safety Tips For Schoolies

Regardless of where your child chooses to celebrate their new found freedom, there are certain precautions that they really need to take.
  • Stick together. Don’t go wandering off on your own and to look out for each other.
  • Don’t over indulge with the alcohol. This will lower your inhibitions and impair your judgement. If you must drink, make sure at least one of you remains sober as a safety measure. It’s also important to note, that most insurance companies won’t cover you if something goes wrong, while you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, especially if you are consuming alcohol.
  • Only eat and drink items you have purchased yourself, never consume any drinks offered to you by someone you don’t know.
  • Don’t drive or go swimming if you have been drinking.
  • Check in with your parents at least every second day….we will worry…..
  • Make sure you have all your friends mobile numbers in your phone.
  • Stick to your budget and keep some money aside for emergencies, you never know if when you may need it.
Safety Tips For Schoolies
  • Take out Travel Insurance. Most people never think to take out travel insurance if they are only travelling domestically. But it is still advisable to be prepared in case of lost luggage, cancellation fees, theft, car accidents and even the portion of an unused trip that has had to be cancelled due to illness or injury. If your’e one of the ever increasing number of teenagers choosing to travel to overseas destinations like Bali or Thailand for “Schoolies”, travel insurance is all the more important. Alarmingly Understand Insurance research shows that 1 in 4, 18-29 year olds think it is OK to travel without Insurance, so long as they are careful. But when you leave Australia, you leave behind the support systems and medical care that we take for granted. So an incident overseas, could result in medical bills worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is also recommended that you read your policy before you go. You may not be covered for high risk activities like riding on a scooter or motorbike, or things like rock climbing, kite surfing or scuba diving.
  • Plan your journey well and make sure that if you are driving that your car is in perfect working order.
  • Make a list of all the important local phone numbers of your destination that you may need eg, local police station, hospitals and medical centres etc.
  • Take a credit card for emergencies only.
  • Have fun and enjoy!! 
Safety Tips For Schoolies

Although this seems like a scary time for we parents, our kids really do have a lot more common sense and knowledge than we give them credit for.

However if they are armed with all the resources that they need before they set off, this will help put your mind at ease with the knowledge that they will be just fine.
Having said all this remind me of this post in 12 months time will you?

Schoolie Safety

Are your kids going to “Schoolies”?
Have they chosen somewhere else to go for their celebration break?
Did you go to “Schoolies?”



  1. writeofthemiddle says

    I survived schoolies with my three! So glad it is in the past now. My youngest is now 19 1/2 years of age. Luckily only two of my three were interested and went. My son and a group of friends stayed in a house up at Noosa for schoolies and all was fine. My daughter and her friends stayed at a house at Ballina for the bulk of schoolies but did book an apartment at the gold coast for two nights because they wanted to experience the whole *schoolies* beach party thing. I wished they’d stayed at Ballina but what can you do. One of my daughter’s friends was very silly – she is a very slim girl and she drank too much and ended up in hospital for the night – despite all the warnings from my daughter and her other friends to stop drinking. Thankfully she was ok but she scared her friends and ruined their Gold Coast schoolies experience. They decided to pack up and head back to Ballina after only one night in their GC apartment. My daughter knew I expected her to check in with me twice/day – morning and again at night. It was the only way I could survive the whole thing. It’s impossible not to worry even though I knew my daughter was a sensible girl! ;-)

  2. says

    That’s a shame that she had a negative experience because of her friend. I’, quietly preparing myself for next year, I know I will be a basket case when she leaves, but I know she will be ok too… scary times ahead!

  3. says

    I know it’s a scary thought! I think part of it is though is that we are losing that control that we think we have over their lives… that’s hard to accept…. You worry that they are going to make silly decisions, put themselves at risk …. but I suppose we have to cut the ties eventually. I can’t help but feel a bit relieved though that my Miss M doesn’t want to go to the Gold Coast…..

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