Staying Safe on Spring Break

Staying Safe on Spring Break

You’re ready for the well-deserved break from late nights in the library and the stress of school. But before you let loose there are a few important tips you should keep in mind to ensure that your Spring Break is safe and enjoyable.

Road Trip Tips

If you’re driving to your destination have a mechanic check your vehicle before your trip. It’s also not a bad idea to sign up for a WHAT like AAA in case of a roadside emergency.  If you do experience car trouble, stay in the vehicle and call the police for assistance. On any road trip it is important to take turns behind the wheel and make sure that someone stays awake with the driver at all times. If you’re feeling tired, pull over to the side of the road, switch drivers or find a hotel to stay at for the night.

Water Safety

For those visiting waterfront destinations, swim only within the designated swimming areas. Also be sure to pay attention to the colored flags along the beach. Red flags signify that there are unsafe currents and you need to stay out of the water. Yellow signal that there may be some choppy water and you should enter with caution. A blue flag means the water is calm and you should swim safely. If you do find yourself in choppy waters, stay calm and don’t try to swim against a strong current. Swim parallel to it until it passes.

Traveling Internationally

If your Spring Break plans have you crossing international borders be sure to have photocopies of all important documentation such as your passport and flight itinerary. Before your departure notify your bank and any credit card companies of your travel plans to ensure that your accounts are not suspended for unusual activity. Additionally, do your homework ahead of time and learn as much about your destination as possible and leave any unnecessary valuables such as expensive jewelry at home.

Sensible Packing

Even if you’re traveling within the country or even your home state, it’s a good idea to make copies of any important documentation you may need. Bring only one or two credit cards and limit the amount of cash you carry. You can always stop at an ATM to take out more. Before you leave be sure you have phone numbers for your hotel, a cab company in the area, as well as any emergency contacts. If you take any medication be sure to pack enough for the entire duration of your trip. It’s also not a bad idea to pack some general over-the-counter medications such as aspirin and allergy medicine. You never know when a headache or watery eyes will strike. And if your vacation plans have you spending any time outdoors, whether you’re in the mountains or on the beach, you should pack sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays.

With this arsenal of tips in your back pocket you’re ready to take on any adventure. So get out there, be safe, and enjoy your Spring Break!