Six Ways to Stay Safe this Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is upon us, so grab your stein and get ready for a week (okay, nine days) of drinking, exploring, and festivities around Kitchener-Waterloo. While Oktoberfest brings good times and good beers, it also attracts exactly the sort of behavior you’d expect from thousands of people mixed with oceans of alcohol.

During all the excitement, don’t forget to keep your wits about you. You can still have a great time at Oktoberfest 2017 as long as you follow a few common-sense guidelines.

Pace Yourself

This is the most important thing to remember. Think about how long you plan on spending at Oktoberfest – will you be there for the whole day, or just a couple hours? Are you coming back tomorrow? Plan to drink accordingly, and you’ll be able to take in more of the event while feeling better the next day.

There are usually about 70 police officers assigned to Oktoberfest each year, all of whom are on the lookout for intoxicated and disorderly patrons. By taking it slow and sticking to the limits you decided upon beforehand, you’ll not only stay safer and more alert, but also less likely to run into trouble with the law.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself when you’re trying to sample the beers and take in the parades. Dehydration is a perennial problem at beer festivals, so make sure to drink water in between pints. Dehydration can also make you crave snacks, so before you go searching for pretzels, have a couple glasses of water.

Protect Your Valuables

There will be about 700,000 visitors at Oktoberfest, and while most of them are there to have fun and take in the culture, not everyone is so friendly. Any time you’re surrounded by so many people, there is a heightened risk of pickpocketing and theft.

Think about what you really need to bring with you, and what would be better left at home. Make sure you keep track of your phone and wallet, and keep a spare 20 dollar bill somewhere safe like a shoe or hidden pocket in case of emergency.

Bring a Friend

Oktoberfest is always more fun with friends, and it’s a good idea to have people you trust to look out for you. Plan ahead and arrange on a meeting spot if you get separated. Calls and texts can easily go unnoticed, and phones can get lost altogether, so have a way of locating your friends that doesn’t require your phone.

Before you start drinking, tell your friends how many drinks you plan to consume. By keeping track of each other’s drinking, you mitigate the risk of losing track or forgetting your limits. You should plan to leave as a group, so that everyone is accounted for throughout the whole event.

Plan Ahead

From knowing your limits to forming a game-plan with your friends, a lot of Oktoberfest safety relies on planning ahead. Do your research ahead of time, and figure out a plan for the day(s) with as much accuracy as possible.

There will always be a lot left to spur-of-the-moment decisions too, and that’s okay. You don’t always need to know exactly which festhall you’ll be in at what time, but there’s no excuse not to know when and how you’re going home. Before you leave for Oktoberfest, you should plan out when you’ll be leaving and how you’ll be getting home.

Nothing is set in Stone

No matter how well you plan your Oktoberfest experience, things can change. Don’t stay longer than you want to just because you had planned to stay another two hours – it’s often safer to head home, especially if you feel that you hit your limit earlier than expected. Just make sure you update any friends you may have made plans with.

By minding your limits and planning ahead, Oktoberfest can be a fun event for a day or for a week. Accidents can still happen, and if you have been injured during Oktoberfest, contact us today to learn about how we can get you the compensation you deserve.