To a Safer and Better Spring Break

To a Safer and Better Spring Break

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Spring break is upon us, with hundreds of thousands of college students enjoying a much-needed respite from their educational pursuits. While some students will stay around campus, others will head to the mountains to ski or take a plane to a warmer destination. Here’s what you need to keep in mind to ensure a safer and better spring break.

Do not go it alone. If you are heading to a popular party destination, going alone can be a problem, especially for women. Some people prey on vulnerable travelers, plying them with alcohol or surreptitiously slipping them a drug. If you are with someone you trust, promise to keep an eye out for each other. Consider a certain sign or a code to signal to each other when trouble may be around.

Do share your itinerary with your family. Someone who is not on spring break with you should know where you will be staying, how you will get there and your general comings and goings. Your parents are the logical first source to provide an itinerary. Let them know where you are going, how you will get there and who you will be with. Checking in with them while you are gone can give them (and you) peace of mind and help keep you safe.

Do not give out too much information. Beyond sharing your itinerary with those you trust most, be careful what you say online and to whom. If you are explicit about you exact location at any given time, that information can be shared and seen by anyone. Enjoy your break, but avoid too much activity on social media.

Do keep current with your health requirements. If you are traveling abroad while on spring break, you will need certain vaccinations when traveling to some areas. Plan to see your doctor before you leave and get your prescriptions filled before you start your break too. Furthermore, if you are going abroad make a copy of your passport and keep it in a separate bag just in case you lose the original.

Do not stay on ground level. Motels, with outside facing entrance doors, are more susceptible to criminal activity than hotels where room entrances are from hallways. Nevertheless, you are less likely to be victimized if your room is on a higher floor. Just know where all the exits are in the event of an emergency. And avoid lounges, pools and other secluded places without being in the company of someone you know.

Do purchase travel insurance. Likely, you are paying hundreds of dollars for your spring break. If you get sick, you may have to cancel your trip. Likewise, if an emergency occurs and your travel destination is closed off, you are out of luck — unless you have travel insurance. Indeed, travel insurance can cover your costs and even cover emergency evacuation with some policies.

Do not be stupid. When you are away, you may send caution to the wind. We have already looked at some things that can cause trouble, but there are a whole host of other areas when danger lurks. Among the hazards that bear repeating are: too much sun with not enough suntan lotion, excessive alcohol consumption, sexual activity with strangers, the list goes on. If “letting loose” is your definition of a good time, then you may open yourself up to trouble.

Spring Break Considerations

Maybe your spring break plans could stand a review. After all, you are not locked in to anything if you have not paid out any money. Your school may have a group trip itinerary worth considering, one where you will be with people who are familiar to you. Consider your options and above all else…have fun!

See Also — Spring Break Options for Spontaneous Students

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