Partying and getting drunk when backpacking is all part of the adventure, but in some countries it can be dangerous, and can cause serious problems if you end up losing things such as your passport or your phone. Myself being a traveller and enjoying an alcoholic drink have found myself in a few tricky situations. So here's them and how to avoid making the same mistakes i did.
I have lost my phone on multiple occasions, once in Amsterdam and once when i was going up the east coast of Australia, although luckily i found it again on that occasion. This can be a nightmare, as it means you have to go out and buy a new phone for cheap, it means you lose loads of photos and memories, and you may need your phone for a map or to call friends etc. Either way it's annoying.
I have also nearly missed a flight because i got too drunk the night before. When i was in Thailand and i was due to fly to Bali, i was with my friends the night before my 8 am flight and i woke up at 7am. Somehow i made it. I do know people who actually did miss flights because they got too drunk the night before they were flying out. This can be very stressful as it means finding extra nights of accommodation on short notice, booking another flight, which will probably be expensive as it's last minute, and will also end up costing you a lot of money. It may also cause problems with your visa. If you told customs you would be leaving on a certain date and never leave.
I have also lost my hostel on multiple occasions when going out, and have not been able to find it. Particularly in Asian cities when there are lots of small windy roads. I have been out at some party and then moved on to another party. Then when it comes to leaving i have no idea where the people from my hostel are, or how the hell i get back to my hostel, which can be a nightmare when your drunk, tired and want to sleep.
Losing your ID can also cause problems, i have luckily only lost my driving licence which was nothing too serious as i just had to buy a new one. But i do know people that have been out drunk and lost their passport and this can be quite stressful. It also wastes a day of travelling as you'll have to go the embassy and get a new one, or a temporary one.
So enough of my stories. Here is my advice on how you can ensure you're a little safer when going out and drinking in foreign countries.
Firstly just take the essentials out with you, don't take expensive items or cameras when going out. If you are going to some possibly dodgy crowded areas where pickpocketing is probable, don't take your phone with you. Like when i was in Brazil, i rarely took my phone out with me, just because i'd heard pickpockets were plentiful and i was recommended not to.
When you are flying the next day, especially if it's an early morning flight, don't get to drunk. Or just don't go out at all, it's 100% not worth missing a flight for.
Also write down the address of your hostel on a piece of paper or have the hostel business card with you and in your wallet. Then come the end of the night if you are completely lost. At least then you have some way of getting back to your hostel as you have the address. You can then show someone and ask for directions. Or just get in a taxi and go back. Even if you don't have any money left, tell the taxi driver you can pay him when getting back to your hostel, and then pay him.
Also a thing i used to do, was just have a place you put all your stuff when you get in from a night out. Mine was in my pillow case, it just becomes a habit. I would get in put my phone, wallet, ID and anything in my pockets in my pillow case, and then go to sleep. Then when i wake up i would always know everything would be there. This saves stressing out and panicking, and looking through your bag for your phone and wallet etc.
When going out, make sure you go out with a few people from the hostel, or wherever you are staying. This is going to make getting home a lot easier, as usually someone will know where the hell they're going, even if you don't. This will also make things a lot safer for you, if you're in a group, you can all leave, go out together, party together... and hopefully go back together.
I would also recommend not taking out your bank card. Then you're not going to lose it. Which if you do, you're going to find it hard to take out and get money. I always leave it in the hostel, and just take enough cash out with me that i will need for the night. This ensures i don't lose it and i don't spend a shit load. I also always take out some emergency money for like a taxi or something i keep it in a separate part of my wallet or a different pocket.