New Year's Eve might be the best party night of the year, but it can also be the most stressful, from losing your phone to the far more perilous trip home. Here are a few things you can do now to stay safe and sane this New Year's.
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Install a "Find My Phone" App Just In Case
Try as you might, the chaos of New Year's Eve is a breeding ground for lost and stolen phones. There's not much you can do about it on New Year's itself (short of gripping it tighter), but you can prepare for the inevitable by installing a "Find My Phone" app before you go out. That way, if you find yourself phoneless the next day, you can find it once you've shaken off the hangover. Check out our favorite phone recovery tools to see your options. We recommend Find My iPhone for iOS users and Prey on Android, which gives you lots of options for finding your phone, even if it was stolen. Of course, if you forget to do this, you can always try previously mentioned Plan B to get your Android phone back after you've lost it.
Use Public Transport To Get Home
New Year is a lousy time to try and drive, and even taxis can be in short supply. Check out our guide to public transport options for major Australian cities.
Get Rid Of That Hangover On January 1st
Sadly, the pain of New Year's Eve doesn't end when the night is over. The best way to avoid a hangover is to not drink so much, but if you didn't prepare yourself ahead of time, we've gone over the best and worst hangover cures for your education. In short: drink water, eat breakfast, and try to stay away from coffee, more alcohol, and painkillers, despite what you may have been taught.
New Year's Eve can be a hotbed of stress if you aren't careful, but with a bit of preparation beforehand, you should be able to keep yourself safe and worry-free all weekend long. If you've got any of your own New Year's tips, share them with us in the comments.