10 important tips that could prevent a Spring Break disaster!

Items to consider beforehand that can help prevent a mishap- or worse- from occurring!

  1. Leave an itinerary with family/close friends letting them know where you’re going (including the name of the hotel), who you’re going with and when you’ll be returning.
  2. Carry the address of where you’re staying on your person at all times, as well as some emergency cash and phone numbers of reputable cab companies.
  3. If traveling outside of the country for spring break:
    • Make copies of important documents before leaving, one to take along, one to leave with family or friends
      • Plane ticket
      • Insurance cards – find out if your health and car insurance will cover you while traveling. A call to your insurance company will a answer that question
      • Credit cards (carry only one or two major credit cards)
      • Driver’s license
      • Passport
    • Check the U.S. Department of State for current travel warnings - http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
  4. If flying to the destination, know how you’re getting from the airport to your hotel. Contact the hotel prior to leaving to see if they have a free shuttle or if they can recommend a taxi service. 
    • Carry the taxi number at all times, it may be useful later in getting home from an evening out
  5. Watch what you take on the trip. Flashy jewelry or expensive electronics can make you a target. If the hotel room has a safe – use it! Try to carry a limited amount of cash at all times as well as a single credit card, and visit the ATM in groups.
  6. The cardinal rule for spring break – “Go out with your friends, go home with your friends.” Stick with friends, known and trusted. STAY WITH YOUR GROUP! It’s harder to be preyed upon if everyone is watching out for everyone else.
  7. When consuming alcohol:
    • Decide in advance what and how much you will drink
    • Don’t accept drinks from anyone you don’t know
    • Don’t get into a cab alone, especially if you’ve been drinking
    • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks
    • Alcohol is not a thirst quencher. Beware of dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day
    • Using a fake ID can have severe consequences for both the user and the supplier, including suspension of your real driver’s license for up to 6 months
  8. If you’re going to have sex, use a condom! Currently one out of five college students have an STD, which is one souvenir that nobody wants
  9. Use lots of sunscreen. Severe sunburn will ruin a week on the beach very quickly.
  10. Know the emergency number for the country you are in. Don’t assume “it will never happen to me.” Mexico’s is 066, 060, or 080 (some areas direct 911 to local services). Your hotel can provide this information.

Seriously consider these warnings and think “safety” during your break.