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20 Tips for Surviving the Stag Do


Is your stag do coming up thick and fast?

Does it feel like you’re dodging paintballs even before they’ve been fired?

Well, pull yourself together, man!

If you don’t want things getting out of hand on your big weekend, don’t let them.

We’ve sent thousands of grooms off on their pre-wedding celebrations, and they’ve all come back in one piece and ready to take on round two.

If they could do it, you can too!

Read on to find out all there is to know about surviving the stag and get set for a legendary celebration you’ll be talking about for years to come.

  1. How to Prepare
  2. Tips on Surviving the Stag Do
  3. Food & Booze Tips
  4. Tips for the Morning After
  5. Bonus Survival Tips
  6. Stag Do FAQs
  7. Could You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

Tips On How to Prepare for the Stag Do🎉

Prepare for the stag do

1. Know Your Limits

Your stag do, your rules.

Don’t be peer-pressured into drinking more than you want to or doing anything you don’t want to.

It’s your weekend and you’re there to enjoy it.

And, hey, if you don’t want to drink at all, don’t worry! We’ve even got a helpful guide about how to avoid drinking on a stag do.

2. Set Boundaries

No best man wants the groom to be forcing themselves to have a good time.

That’s why it’s important to talk to the organiser and set boundaries ahead of the stag.

If you don’t want to get a lap dance or go cliff diving, then don’t. Your friends will understand.

3. Read The Rules of The Stag

All stags are bound by the stag code – a set list of 10 rules of the stag do that you need to keep in mind so you don’t alarm the stag police (or worse… ruin your friendship).

4. Bring Your ID

Be it for a nightclub entry, hotel check-in, passport control – whatever – having your ID with you is a must.

5. Be Careful Who You Invite

As a groom, you don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of the guy whose daughter/sister you’re about to marry.

That’s why, unless they’ve partied with you before, inviting your future father-in-law or the overprotective big bro to the stag should be done with caution.

Even inviting your own dad should be well thought out.

We actually polled over 100 groups to see who they’d invite and this is what we found:

  • No Older Relatives – 64% of all groups
  • Groom’s Dad – 22% of all groups
  • Bride’s Dad – 7% of all groups
  • Uncles – 6% of all groups
  • Grandparents – 2% of all groups

Tips on Surviving the Stag Do🎉

Surviving a stag do

6. Respect the Locals

Yeah, it’s the groom’s last night of freedom, but this doesn’t mean that the entire city needs to know this.

Don’t be rowdy out in public or you might get a visit from the old bill or end up on the news.

7. Bring Cash

There are many reasons why bringing some cash with you is a good idea:

  • Some venues/taxis/buses might not take cards
  • The hotel might require you to pay a behavioural bond in cash
  • You could lose your card
  • Your card could get declined

You don’t have to ‘Inbetweeners’ it, though – keeping it in your wallet is fine.

8. Don’t Post Photos on Socials

Nobody is going to be asking for proof of how crazy the night was, especially when all you can give them is a photo of you doing a shoey whilst dressed in a shit shirt.

Andunless you want to wake up to the 17 missed calls from the bride-to-be and an email from your boss titled, “Employee Behaviour – Review Company Policy”, don’t post anything from the night on any socials.

Food & Booze Tips to Help You Survive🎉

Food and drink tip for a stag do

9. Pre-Book and Pre-Pay

If you don’t want to fuss over splitting the cost of activities and food, then do the whole group a favour and arrange things beforehand.

And if you want someone to do it for you, drop us a speedy stag enquiry and pre-book your party with ease!

10. Don’t Skip Out on Food

Liquid diets are a one-way ticket to Hangover Town.

Make sure you’ve fuelled up properly before you head out on that big night out to help soak up any booze.

11. Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking loads of water at intervals can help avoid the post-party hangover that usually follows a stag night.

It may not be ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ but it definitely works – you’ll be the one laughing in the morning!

Tips For the Morning After🎉

Hangover after the stag do

12. The Hangover Kit

Having a stag party survival kit on hand for the morning after is a real lifesaver. Check it out and bring all the essentials!

13. The Bacon Sandwich

Easy to make, easy to eat and easy on the wallet, the bacon sandwich is a tried and tested method of helping a hangover.

14. Rehydrate

Drink plenty of water and sports drinks to help your body recover from the night before.

Bonus Survival Tips🎉

More stag do tips

15. Remember Where You’re Staying

If you’re staying in an unfamiliar hotel, write the name somewhere so you can make your way back there with ease.

16.Travel Light

Avoid overpacking so you won’t have to pack an entire suitcase with a hangover… while being late for the train… in a rush to catch your flight.

Our blog on packing for the stag do can help you with that!

17. Avoid Booking Early Travel

If you can help it, don’t book any early morning return tickets because if you can’t make those for whatever reason (slept in, had a headache, missed the bus, etc.), you might lose the money and not get a refund.

18. Book Your Activities Early

Book your activities early to secure the best time slots (in the afternoon).

Don’t forget to factor in the commute as many outdoor stag activities and motorsports are located on the outskirts of the city and usually require you to arrive early for the safety briefing.

19. Don’t Have the Stag Do Too Close to the Wedding Day

This is never a good idea.

Unless you want to have your wedding photos taken with one eyebrow and a hangover, it’s best to plan the celebrations to take place early.

Also, the earlier you book the better the chance you will have great deals on stag activities and stag-friendly accommodation!

20. Be Careful with Fancy Dress

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

If you’re headed somewhere with a ‘smart casual’ dress code, leave your mankini at home.

Surviving a Stag Do FAQs🎉

Stag do survival FAQs

How to act on a stag do?

Just be your best self, be respectful, and enjoy your big celebration. Unless you’re partying in the woods in the middle of nowhere, you won’t be the only ones out and about, so just be mindful of your behaviour and avoid upsetting the locals.

How long does it take to recover from a stag?

This depends on your age, how hard you’ve partied, how long the weekend lasted, how much alcohol you’ve drank, and how much you’ve hydrated throughout.

If you’ve stuck to our stag do survival techniques in this blog, it shouldn’t take more than a few hours to recover from the wild night.

What are the rule for stag dos?

In summary, don’t break any laws, don’t take photos, drink responsibly and have fun!

Could You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?🎉

Zombie paintball

Now you know how to survive the stag do, could you survive the impending zombie apocalypse??

Check out our stag do zombie experiences and be prepared to slay some z-ass!

Need More Tips?🎉

We’ve been planning the ultimate pre-wedding celebrations since 2002, so it’s fair to say we know a thing or two about stag weekends.

Give us a call on 01225 474200 or drop us a quick stag enquiry and we’ll get back to you with a free quote shortly.

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