The Essential Items for Any Stag Party
So you’ve been asked to be best man at a wedding. And, as excited as you are for being asked to play such an important role in the upcoming wedding of your best mate, it’s by no means an easy role to play.
Not only have you got to write a speech that strikes the right balance between being entertaining enough to get the crowd laughing, but not so entertaining you get thrown out of the ceremony. You’ve also got the most important part of the wedding to plan as well—the stag party.
Ultimately, every stag party is going to be different. After all, it should be based around the man of the hour, your groom. But whether you’re going camping in the Irish wilderness or hitting up Carrick-On-Shannon for a boozy weekend, there are a few essentials items you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got with you.
Cash and Credit Card Money
Most establishments demand that you pay them with money these days, so it’s always best to double check you’ve got your cash and cards before you set off for the stag.
Since most accommodation can be booked with a small down payment, it’s wise to break out the calculator before you leave and remind the rest of your party how much money they need to bring to cover any outstanding charges.
Similarly, if you’re travelling abroad, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve changed over enough money into the local currency before you get to the airport. Whilst you can exchange your money when waiting in the departure lounge, you’re going to get stung by commission fees and some terrible rates so shop around in advance.
A credit card might be worth taking to cover any large expenses on the stag. If you’re running a kitty or paying off an event on behalf of the group, a credit card can be the most convenient way to pay, rather than sitting on your phones figuring out how to split the tab.
Handy Camera or Mobile Phone
Stag parties are full of fun, memorable moments. And those pictures you get of your friend dressed up in his Mam’s clothes will bring you a lifetime of happiness.
Bringing a power bank or charger is a great idea, especially if you’re out for a full day of activities.The last thing you want to happen is to get lost in a new city at 3 am, with no phone and no Uber.
However, don’t be that person who’s always glued to your phone. Snapchat will survive without your third story in a row of the bubbles in your pint. Make sure to actually enjoy the Stag Do as it happens, not just after the fact.
Of course, posting pictures or videos is another matter. Make sure the groom-to-be gives you the okay before posting anything to make sure no one is compromised even after all the fun is finished!
Coffee, Energy, and Re-hydrating Drinks
Stag Dos, particularly the ones that involve drinking, take a heavy toll on the body. If you want to survive the weekend, and don’t want a particularly brutal picture of you passed out to make it to social media, it’s a good idea to take some coffee or energy drinks with you.
Not only that, but drinks like Lucozade and rehydration drinks with plenty of electrolytes can help to cure the hangover the next day.
Appropriate Change of Clothes and Activity Gear
If the stag party is a weekend getaway, make sure to pack some appropriate change of clothes and the right activity gear.
As the best man, you should’ve set the plan for the weekend, so you’ll know exactly what clothing you should be bringing with you. Make sure you pass on this info to the rest of the group, whether that’s alongside a full-blown itinerary or with a quick text.
It’s also worth checking out whether any of the activities require you to bring any particular equipment, and if the bars or restaurants you’re planning on frequenting have a dress code. The last thing you want is to not be allowed into a club because Sean forgot to bring a nice pair of shoes. Come on Sean.
If you’re heading to Carrick-On-Shannon, we’ve already done the work for you and compiled a list of the best places to eat and drink here.
Now that we’re on the subject of weekend getaways, bring your own toiletries too. On a night like this, looking good and smelling fresh will ensure that people won’t be fielding your presence left and right.
Here’s a rough list of items you might want to bring: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a deodorant, to name just a few!
Painkiller and Other Basic Meds
After a full weekend of drinking, you’re understandably going to be nursing a serious hangover. After you’ve spent all this time and money arranging the weekend, you don’t want to end up missing out because you’re confined to your bed with a wicked headache.
Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, or your painkiller of choice can be a lifesaver if you’ve got a head that feels like it’s undergoing construction work.
Aside from painkillers, you might want to bring a few first-aid meds in the off chance you suddenly come up with diarrhoea or cold. Better yet, bring the whole first aid kit, As the best man, it’s your duty to make sure all the lads are cared for.