27) Always be aware of your surroundings, and where your friends are.
This is just common sense stuff, but it bears repeating. Just because you are at a convention filled with people who share the same interests, don’t assume that it’s a safe zone. Like any large group of people, there will always be a mix of awesome people you adore, and others that you don’t know at all. Whether you are male, female, or still deciding, PLEASE keep the following in mind.
* If you are heading back to your hotel at night, don’t walk alone. You can almost always find a friend to accompany you.
* Be sure you know the safest routes. Just because its’ the shortest route, it may not be the best idea to wander through the parking deck at 1am.
* If you are partying with friends, keep an eye on each other. If the plan is to come-as-a-group, leave-as-a-group, then do that.
* I know a number of girls who have created “safe words” to let each other know if something is making them uncomfortable and they need an exit strategy. “You know that thing? That we said we’d do? We gotta go do it now!”
* Keep an eye on your valuables. It’s hard to have pockets in spandex, so if you have a purse or backpack with your wallet and phone in it, know where it’s at.
* There are almost always a few people around who don’t understand cosplayers and costuming, and will be loud and annoying about it. Take it in stride, but if it gets out of hand, call hotel or con security. That’s why they’re there.
Here’s a great link to party safety: http://www.womenonguard.com/-strse-template/safety-dsh-tips/Page.bok#18
In general, don’t let your guard down because you’re at a convention. You don’t have to be paranoid, but just stay aware. And geeks watch out for geeks.