20 Good Excuses to Not Hang Out

Hanging out with friends and partners is a great way to pass the time and enjoy yourself. However, it’s not always that easy. Sometimes, things come up, and you might want to use a good excuse to cancel your plans. This article will explore some good excuses you can use.

Good excuses to not hang out are being tired, feeling well, and being otherwise occupied. These are the best excuses you can use to show that you’re unable to hang out with your friends. They are polite and show that you wish it didn’t have to be like that.

Good Excuses to Not Hang Out

1. Tired

Playing the tired card is one of the best excuses. Most people will understand if you feel too tired to hang out with them. After all, feeling tired can happen to just about anybody. Everyone knows how it feels not to want to go and do anything.

They might ask why you feel so tired, but that’s only because they are your friend and they want to check in on you. If you like them enough, you should talk about the reasons behind your tiredness so they don’t feel like you’re rejecting them without reason.

  • I’m way too tired to hang out today, Fred. I’m so sorry because I know you have big plans.
  • I’m far too tired. I know that’s annoying, but I have got to get my sleep schedule sorted.
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2. Feeling Unwell

If you feel unwell, you should cancel all of your plans. The best thing to do when you’re unwell is to relax and recover at home. Different illnesses have different recoveries, but you should never go and hang out with people if you’re unwell.

Imagine if you were carrying a bug. If you go to hang out with your friends knowing that you are a little sick and they catch that bug, you have actively chosen to make them unwell too.

It’s all about kindness. If you are kind enough and care about your friends, you will do them a favor and stay home if you’re unwell.

  • I don’t feel very good, so I don’t think I can hang out with you today. Sorry.
  • I feel pretty bad today. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but I know I can’t come out.

3. Otherwise Occupied

Being otherwise occupied with other plans is one of the top excuses that people use. It’s common to hear this when you have made plans or forgotten about a previous engagement.

You might also have made plans that you deem more important than hanging out with someone. These things happen. It’s worth using this as an excuse if you want to get out of a simple hang-0ut plan.

  • I won’t be able to hang out today because I have plans already. I’m so sorry about that!
  • I’m otherwise occupied, Jonny. I already told you that I wouldn’t be able to come along.

4. Upset Stomach

An upset stomach is always going to cause issues with plans to hang out. You should use this excuse if you want to show your friends that you’re sick without getting too detailed about it.

Most people do not want to pry any further after hearing you have an upset stomach.

  • I have an upset stomach, so it’s not wise for me to come along today. I will stay at home.
  • My stomach is upset right now. Believe me. You do not want to hear what I’m doing.

5. Sickness Bug

You may also want to admit that you have a sickness bug. Using “bug” implies that you have something that’s contagious. It’s a good way to show that you do not want to make your friends sick because you have something that they might catch.

Generally, you should only use this one if you are actually sick. Faking an illness will make it clear to your friends that you don’t like them much.

  • I’m sorry, but I feel way too sick to hang out with someone. I know that’s annoying to hear.
  • Nope. I’m not coming now because of this sickness bug. Sorry!

6. Migraine or Headache

Migraines and headaches are common illnesses that you can cancel plans with. Most people appreciate how severe migraines can be.

It’s an acceptable excuse to use if you want to let someone know that you’re not able to come along or hang out with them.

  • I have a whopping headache that I can’t seem to shake. I don’t want to do anything but sleep.
  • I can’t get rid of my migraine, so I’m going to stay at home.

7. Asthma Attack

An asthma attack is a fairly specific excuse, but it works well if you suffer from asthma. If you do not have asthma, do not use this excuse.

Your friends will almost certainly know whether you are lying about this one, especially if you don’t have asthma. Make sure you use it only when you are being honest.

  • I’ve just had an asthma attack that I need to recover from. I can’t come tonight.
  • I don’t want to have an asthma attack again, but today seems like a bad day for them.

8. Down Day

Sometimes, mental health problems can get in the way of you enjoying yourself. On a down day, you might not want to do anything, especially hanging out with your friends or people who are trying to cheer you up.

This excuse is a good way to turn down plans to hang out without upsetting someone.

  • I’m having a down day and don’t want to do anything. Sorry, but you should go without me.
  • I’m having a really low day and don’t want to hang out. It’s nothing personal.

9. Last-Minute Work Call

A last-minute work call is always going to put a damper on your plans. Your friends will usually understand if you have to do something for work since they will often have jobs of their own.

  • I’ve just received a last-minute work call, and they expect me to come in.
  • I hate this! Work called me last minute, and they wanted me to do a few tasks for them.

10. Called Into Work

You might find that you’re called into work to help cover someone else. Unfortunately, this is part of your working duty, and it can’t be helped. You may have to cancel plans if you come across a situation like this.

Again, most of your friends will understand. There have probably been times when they have had to cancel plans to help out at work before.

  • I’ve been called into work again, Antony. I won’t be able to come with you tonight.
  • Oh, no! Work just called me in. I won’t be able to hang with you.

11. Babysitter Canceled

If you frequently depend on childcare, you might find that this excuse works for you. It’s a great one because it shows that you need to look after your kids, meaning that no other plans will be able to trump the childcare situation.

Almost everyone understands that your children come before they do. The only people that won’t understand are the kind of toxic people you don’t need in your friendship circles.

  • The babysitter canceled, so I no longer have childcare plans. I can’t come.
  • I’m sorry, but the babysitter canceled, meaning I have to cancel on you.

12. Grounded

If you’re still living with your parents, you might be grounded (or you might just want to use it as an excuse). Being grounded means that you are not allowed to leave the house because you are being punished.

It’s a very useful excuse to fall back on if you do not fancy hanging out with your friends.

  • I’ve been grounded! My parents don’t want me to leave the house other than for school.
  • I told you I was grounded. That’s why I can’t come and hang with you tonight.

13. Parents Said “No”

Instead of being grounded, you can simply say that your parents aren’t letting you leave to hang out with someone. Parents can be cruel, and if your friends know that your parents are strict, this excuse might be a good choice.

  • My dad said no to going out tonight. I’m not sure if he’ll ever let me go out again.
  • My parents don’t want me to leave tonight to see you. I have to stay home.

14. Waiting On Delivery

Waiting on a delivery is another good excuse to cancel plans.

It might be a very important delivery or a simple birthday present you’re waiting for. Either way, this excuse is great if you do not want to hang out with someone.

  • I have to wait for a delivery now. I’m sorry, but that means our plans will have to wait.
  • This delivery can’t wait, but I’m afraid you have to. I need to make sure it arrives.

15. Forgot About Plans

Forgetting about plans can happen to anybody. Okay, maybe not everybody. Some people are actually very well organized. Still, some forget about plans, which might mean they double-book themselves.

If you’re one of those people and you’ve booked yourself in for a different plan, the best thing to do is apologize. This is a weak excuse, and most people will be offended, but it still happens.

  • I totally forgot that we made these plans! I’ve already got something else sorted out.
  • I didn’t realize we had made plans! I’m really sorry to be a pain!

16. Bad News

Receiving bad news is a great excuse to cancel any plans you might have. Nobody likes to pry if you’ve heard bad news (unless they’re really good friends). That way, you don’t have to explain yourself too much or what the news was.

This is a really good excuse, but it’s best used when it’s true. Don’t say you’ve had bad news if you haven’t received anything negative. It will cause people to feel sorry for you, even if nothing has gone wrong.

  • I have just received some bad news, so I won’t be a very good friend. I have to cancel last minute.
  • I’m afraid I got some bad news, so I don’t want to be with friends right now.

17. Hungover From Night Before

This excuse is great if you’ve already hung out with friends from the night before. If you picked up a hangover from the heavy drinking the night before, chances are you’re not going to want to hang out again while you recover.

It’s a tricky one, though. It can be insulting if someone has asked you to hang out, but you are too hungover from hanging out with other friends. It will seem like you’re picking favorites to the friend who you’re canceling on.

  • Oh, I’m so hungover from last night. I don’t want to be with family right now.
  • I’m way too hungover to do anything like that. You’ll have to find someone who can handle their alcohol.

18. Home Emergency

A home emergency is a general excuse you can use to get out of hanging out with someone. “Home emergency” means that something has gone wrong at home, relating to utilities, people, or general home problems.

If you feel like you need to be home to sort out the emergency, you should let your friends know before hanging out with them.

  • You can’t be with your boyfriend when you have a home emergency like that. You need to cancel.
  • I told you that I have a home emergency. I need to stay home to sort it out.

19. Family Emergency

A family emergency is one of the top excuses people use when trying to get out of situations. Of course, you might actually have a family crisis and not be faking it, but it’s very common for people to fake it.

The good thing about family emergencies is that you don’t have to give any details. You can give more details if you would like, but it’s never required, as most people accept that things are tricky with families.

  • I know you were supposed to be with your girlfriend, but this family emergency can’t wait.
  • I have a family emergency that I need to sort out. I was supposed to be with coworkers, but it’s not going to happen now.

20. Bad Weather

Bad weather is one of the leading causes of canceling plans. You should use this excuse if you think the weather will be detrimental to hanging out with your friends.

For example, if it’s raining and you will be hanging out outside, you might not want to go.

Likewise, if it’s snowing heavily and you have to travel far to hang out with someone, it might not be worth the journey.

  • Have you seen the weather forecast? There’s no way our plans can continue now.
  • I’m not sure I like the weather out there. I don’t want to be out in a blizzard.