Hey there, thrill-seekers and puzzle enthusiasts!
Ever wondered how to get the most out of your escape room experience? Well, wonder no more!
Escape rooms are immersive, interactive games where teams work together to solve puzzles and complete tasks within a set time limit. You’re not just playing a game, you’re living it.
But hold on! There’s an unwritten set of rules we call escape room etiquette. Following these guidelines not only make your experience smoother but also keeps the game fair and fun for everyone. So, let’s dive in, shall we?
What to Wear to an Escape Room
Stepping into an escape room is a journey into an interactive, mind-bending world. Here’s our quick guide to choosing the perfect attire for a seamless, comfortable experience in this puzzle-solving adventure.
- Comfortable clothing
First and foremost, comfort is key. You’ll be moving around, possibly crawling or reaching high shelves. So, opt for something you’d wear to a casual day out with friends. Nothing too tight or too baggy, just right!
- Closed-toe shoes
This isn’t the place to show off your new sandals or high heels, folks. Safety first! Closed-toe shoes protect your feet from any unexpected bumps or stubs. Plus, you’ll have a better grip when you’re rushing to solve that final clue!
Rooms can get chilly, or the pressure might get you sweating. Having layers lets you adjust to your comfort level without much hassle. So, bring a hoodie or a light jacket along.
- May dress according to the theme of the room
Here’s the kicker: if you know the theme of the room, why not get in character? Just remember, it should not compromise your comfort or safety.
What NOT to Wear to an Escape Room
Navigating an escape room is all about comfort and flexibility. Let’s dive into what you should avoid wearing to ensure your experience is unhindered and maximally enjoyable.
- Accessories that won’t get caught in objects or trip you up
That oversized scarf or dangling necklace might look fabulous, but in an escape room, it could spell disaster. Stay safe, and stay sleek!
- Avoiding fancy or restrictive outfits
As much as we love a good three-piece suit or a stunning cocktail dress, an escape room isn’t the place for it. You need to move freely, and these outfits could be restrictive. Plus, you wouldn’t want to risk a tear or stain, would you?
- Heels or other non-closed-toe shoes
Here we go again. Heels? More like “heel no!” Non-closed-toe shoes? I “toe-tally” wouldn’t recommend it.
- Long skirts, dresses, or loose clothing that could get caught on objects
Remember when I mentioned crawling or reaching? Imagine doing that in a long dress or loose clothes. Save the fashion statement for another day!
- Clothing with loud colors or busy patterns
While it’s not a strict no-no, loud colors or busy patterns can be distracting. You want your team focused on the clues, not your clothing!
What to Bring to an Escape Room
Equipping yourself with the right items can enhance your escape room experience. Discover the essentials to bring along for a smooth, hassle-free adventure in problem-solving and teamwork.
- Photo ID
First things first, don’t forget your ID. Some escape rooms have age restrictions, so it’s good to have it handy.
- Pen and paper for taking notes
While some rooms provide these, it doesn’t hurt to bring your own. It’s handy for jotting down clues or ideas.
Some rooms can be dimly lit to add to the atmosphere. A small flashlight could come in handy. Just remember, no blinding your teammates!
- Phone (for emergencies and hints)
While phones are generally discouraged during the game, it’s good to have one for emergencies. Or maybe you need to use that one hint the game master allows.
- Reading glasses or contacts
Reading the fine print on that ancient artifact or squinting at the lock combination? Not fun. Bring your reading glasses or contacts to keep things in focus.
If you have prescribed medication, bring it along. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. And don’t worry, the game master won’t count it against your time.
- Water bottle
You might work up a thirst with all that clue-cracking. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, but remember, keep it sealed when not in use. No one wants a soggy clue!
What NOT to Bring to an Escape Room
- Food or drinks
While a water bottle is fine, food or drinks other than water are usually a no-no. You wouldn’t want to spill something on a crucial prop accidentally!
- Bags or purses
Large bags or purses can be hefty and unnecessary. The less you bring, the less you have to worry about.
- Electronic devices
Aside from your phone, leave other electronic devices at home. The real game is inside the room, not on your tablet or smartwatch.
- Excessive jewelry or accessories
Remember, simplicity is the name of the game here. Your sparkling diamonds might catch the light, but they could also catch on something else!
Other Escape Room Etiquette Tips
Beyond what to wear and bring, there are other manners to observe for an optimal escape room experience. Delve into these etiquette tips to ensure a fun, respectful outing for everyone involved.
- Arrive on time
Punctuality is key. You don’t want to keep your team or the game master waiting. Plus, every minute counts in an escape room!
- Listen to the game master’s instructions
The game master is there for a reason. They’ll provide important instructions and hints, so listen up!
- Communicate effectively with your team
Communication is the key to escape! If you find a clue, share it. If you’re stuck, ask for help. Remember, two heads (or more) are better than one.
- Avoid damaging or removing anything from the room
This should go without saying, but the props and puzzles are there for everyone’s enjoyment. Don’t break, bend, or take anything with you. Let’s keep the game fun for everyone, shall we?
- Don’t give away spoilers or solutions
Unraveling the mystery is half the fun! If you’ve played before, don’t spoil it for others by giving away the solutions. Let everyone enjoy the thrill of discovery.
- Have fun and be respectful
Last but certainly not least, remember to have FUN and respect others. Don’t shout over your team, and remember, it’s just a game. A super fun, exciting, adrenaline-pumping game, but a game nonetheless.
Phew, that was a wild ride, wasn’t it? Now that you know the ropes of escape room etiquette, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test.
Ultimately, it’s all about respect, communication, and a good dose of fun. So, suit up (or down, as we’ve learned), grab your essentials, and prepare for an adventure. Remember, in an escape room, every second counts, every detail matters, and every etiquette tip helps.
Now, what are you waiting for? Adventure awaits at Mythical Escapes, Rochester, New York! Happy escaping!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I bring a bag to an escape room?
Well, you certainly can bring a bag to an escape room, but you might not want to lug it around while you’re trying to crack codes and solve puzzles. Most escape rooms will have a secure place to store your belongings. Remember, you want to be hands-free to enjoy the experience fully. It’s like trying to juggle at a circus while walking a tightrope – tricky, right?
Does an escape room have a bathroom?
Ha! Good one. Yes, escape rooms usually do have bathrooms, but they’re generally outside the game area. These aren’t part of the puzzles, promise! So make sure you go before you start, or you’ll be doing the “I need to pee” dance while trying to find a clue in a bookshelf.
Do they take your phone in escape rooms?
In most cases, yes, they do. But we at Mythical Escapes do not.
They don’t do it to be mean but to prevent any cheating or, worse, spoilers! It’s like spoiling the end of a movie – it ruins the fun for everyone. Plus, you’ll be so engrossed in the game, you’ll forget about your phone – a true digital detox!
What shoes should you wear to an escape room?
Any comfortable shoes are fine. Think comfort and practicality. High heels or flip-flops might make it hard to move around quickly. It’s not a fashion show but a brain-bending challenge. Wear shoes you’d be comfortable running in, like sneakers.
What is the best outfit for an escape room?
Again, comfort is key. And hence, any comfortable outfit is fine. Wear something you can move around in easily. You might need to reach high, bend low, or squeeze into tight spaces. If you were going on an Indiana Jones-style adventure, what would you wear? Yeah, that’s the ticket!
Can you wear jeans in an escape room?
Absolutely, jeans are a great choice! They’re flexible and durable, perfect for an escape room adventure. But maybe skip the skinny jeans – remember, you want to be able to move freely!
What are the rules of an escape room?
The rules can vary from place to place, but here’s the gist: no phones, no brute force (the door isn’t locked, just pretend!), listen to the game master, respect the props, and, most importantly, have fun!
At Mythical Escapes, our game masters will explain the rules in detail before your game, but most of them boil down to not doing anything that will damage yourself or our props.
Can you go to the bathroom during an escape room?
Technically, yes, but it will interrupt the game flow. It’s like hitting a pause during the climax of a movie. So, remember rule number 2 (no pun intended!), and use the facilities before you start.
Can you take photos in an escape room?
Most places won’t allow photos inside the game room to prevent spoilers. It’s like giving away grandma’s secret recipe; it just takes the magic out of it.
Can you wear a dress to an escape room?
Sure, you can wear a dress, but consider your comfort and mobility. Remember, you might be bending, reaching, or crawling. If you’re comfortable doing all that in a dress, go for it! Just maybe avoid the ballgown and tiara, Cinderella!
What should you not do in an escape room?
Aside from the things we’ve already mentioned, don’t ignore your teammates, don’t hog all the puzzles, don’t get too rough with the props, and don’t give up! Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are escape room solutions. So, stay patient, think outside the box, and collaborate with your team to conquer the challenge!