As the Yuletide season draws closer and closer, it is necessary for everyone to be safety conscious and prepared ahead.
Before I list out the things you should always have in your bag or just on you before you leave the house to ANYWHERE, I would just like to stress that being security conscious is always key. So be careful who you go out with, where you go to and make sure there is always someone that knows of your whereabouts at any point in time. Make contacts on your phone easily accessible and identifiable.
You may want to take a few self defence lessons as well. Just a little bit of something for the sake of it, you know. Please, under no circumstances should you have on you knives or any other weapons or unregistered guns. If at all you feel it’s necessary to have a protective weapon you may want to invest in a bottle of pepper spray maybe, but that’s totally up to you.
This being said, I will start with my list. These things I feel everyone should have just because going out you cannot always be certain how things will be so it’s always good to be on the safe side and just be prepared for anything.
- A portable umbrella
This is important because the weather in Nigeria is very unstable and can change at any time. Trust me you don’t want to be caught unawares in the middle of a downpour or even when the sun is just shining extra bright. A small umbrella that can fit into any bag should be convenient enough.
- Some Tissue or baby wipes
This is for unexpected issues such as using the convenience or anything else really. You may not get to use this but someone else may be in need of it as well. Tissue can come in handy for anything really and when the time comes you will know.
- Hand sanitizer
This is the season of touching everything and anything and this is the season of eating and drinking. It’s important to have hand sanitizer because you may not always be able to wash your hands and once your hands go into your mouth, the germs have been introduced into your system. Yes, we want to have fun but getting sick isn’t a part of the holiday festivity. Hand sanitizer can be used as a weapon as well. Squirting it into an attacker’s eye can throw the person off and give you time to escape or even lock down the attacker. So yeah, you’d want to have this on you at all times.
I can’t stress how important this is. I never understand why people go out with only ATM cards on them. The absolute worst thing is to be financially stranded in Nigeria and the ATM’s not only that they have a high uncertainty of working, since its Christmas , almost everyone will be purchasing with POS or withdrawing with ATMs so don’t be surprised if the network gets jammed along the way. Trust me you don’t want to be in that situation.
- Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
This is multi purpose really. It’s Christmas so ladies you want your skin to be glowing always. Guys you don’t want to be ashy either at any time of the year even. Vaseline can serve as a body lotion, hair moisturizer, lip balm etc. Please have this on you.
- Your cell phone
This feels like a waste because i think everyone should know this but you never know. Not only should you go out with your cell phone make sure you use it too. Let there be credit on it and try to have data as well. It’s very important please. When people call you try and pick and try to let people know about your whereabouts too. Nigerian emergency numbers are 112 and 199 so you may want to have them on speed dial.
- Safety pins/ bobby pins/ rubber bands
These are majorly for wardrobe or hair malfunctions. They literally take up zero amount of space; you can even put them in your pockets or your hair. Based on user’s discretion and creativity, they could also be useful for self defence especially if they are on your body already and easily accessible.
- Your intuition
If something tells you not to go for that party don’t go. If something tells you not to eat something, don’t eat it. If something tells you not to hang around some people, don’t. Trust your instinct because it’s the only thing on this list that cannot be taken away from you.
Additionally and in conclusion, don’t take drinks that were not opened in front of you and do not drink too much alcohol either and if you do drink, avoid getting behind the wheel of a car after.
Christmas is a favourite holiday for most people so let’s try not to ruin it with unfortunate stories of mishaps and accidents. I guess this will be wishing you all a very merry Christmas in advance.
Ps: you may want to start getting most of your Christmas shopping done now before the rush hours when prices shoot up. God bless us everyone.