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How to Blend In with a Crowd

Whether transferring to a new school or traveling abroad, this guide will make you a chameleon in any environment.


  • Step 1: Dress plainly Dress in plain, clean clothes with muted colors that are neither too dated nor too hip -- avoid bright logos and graphics.
  • TIP: Ask people you know who are attending the event what they will be wearing, and what they think others will wear.
  • Step 2: Match behavior Match the crowd's behavior by copying what the people around you are doing -- if they are jumping and screaming, be sure to do the same.
  • TIP: Stick to the most dense part of the crowd, individuals around the perimeter are easier to spot.
  • Step 3: Hide features Hide your features with a hat or glasses and use makeup to cover scars, birthmarks, or tattoos that may separate you from the other clones.
  • Step 4: Learn the language and culture Learn the language and be familiar with the culture and customs of a foreign country to avoid standing out.
  • Step 5: Buddy up Buddy up with another lost soul in a similar situation -- after all, it's more difficult to single someone out in a crowd when there are two of you.
  • FACT: Squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish can change color to match their surroundings, despite the fact that cephalopods are color blind.

You Will Need

  • Plain clothing
  • Hat
  • Glasses
  • Makeup
  • Knowledge of enviornment
  • Friend
  • Research skills (optional)

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