Party “Must Have Checklist”


As most of you are probably well aware it helps to be extra prepared when partying. Sometimes though, this is a task that is hard for even the established ravers/party goers. One always tends to forget at least SOMETHING. This proves even harder for those of you that are new to the scene. Hence, we here at TRIP! are combining our years of partying expertise to try to provide you with the most comprehensive list possible for any and every situation. If you are a party goer make sure to:

  • First and foremost, make sure to know where you are and where you are going. Bring directions, and phone numbers of promoters (or a friend in the loop) to call in case of a last minute venue change.
  • Bring a phone, or enough change for the payphone as well as a list of numbers of both friends that will be there, promoters for any last minute event changes, and emergency contact numbers. All the preparedness with numbers won’t get you anywhere if you can’t call anybody!
  • Bring a friend or make sure you are meeting someone you know and trust at the party!!
  • HAVE A WAY HOME: make SURE to have a solid plan on how to transport back home (be sure to check nighttime bus schedules), have a PLAN B (friend’s house you can crash at just in case who lives closer to the vicinity of the party, cab fare if you live far etc). Last thing you want is to not check the bus schedule, realise there are no night buses on your route home, not have anywhere to crash or cab fare, and end up having to camp out until subways open in the morning!!
  • Have emergency money JUST IN CASE. I know this is not always possible, and often isn’t a priority since you are already spending money on partying but even a bit can go a long way, from pitching on a cab, to coat check, to getting food and water when you are feeling sick (or just HOT).
  • Although we try our best to provide these at parties, it is recommended that you guys think ahead and make sure to have safe harm reduction supplies. While some supplies might be hard to get through the door (i.e., straws depending on the venue) it is a good idea to come prepared with water, condoms/lube, CLEAN snorties, works, ear plugs and gum just in case.
  • Also, be aware ahead of time whether the party you are attending will have Trip! outreach workers/volunteers and/or medics on site. When arriving at the event (especially freeteks and warehouse – type events) scope out the TRIP! booth and/or wandering volunteers (we do not always have a booth for outreach, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t at the party!) and/or medics. Always good to know where to go in case of emergency.
  • Although this should be the promoter’s job, if you are in an illegal venue make sure to check out the venue for fire exits in case of an emergency! Even if only one entry/exit is being used to reduce heat from the venue, be aware of other entry/exit options in case of emergency.
  • Dress for the weather. Be prepared as our weather in Toronto is very sporadic. Also, if it is winter, and your all hot and sweaty from being inside the venue and dancing too long and come outside MAKE SURE to put on a sweater/jacket even if you don’t feel cold. This goes for anyone, but especially if you’ve been rolling on any stimulants that night as they would have you desensitised to the cold. Even during the summer though, bring a sweater or two, especially for outdoor events. Nighttime gets cold, and even if you don’t get cold through the night you can always be that prepared friendly stranger who can provide a bit of warmth to a fellow party goer.
  • Last but not least, clean up after yourselves. Make sure to help keep our scene clean. If everyone does their part, nobody will have to do extra. If you see garbage lying around, be kind and dispose of it, your help is much appreciated. Bring a positive attitude, keep safe, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!