SPRING BREAK SAFETY TIPS: BE SAFE & HAVE FUN!
Are you planning on going away this spring break? While you’re out and about having fun, it is also important to keep yourself safe. Here are a few tips on how to do that.
- If driving, take turns to avoid drowsy driving, which can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
- Take a map. This will come in handy when driving an when exploring new places.
- When using a taxi, ask the price before you get going, fares can vary around the world.
- Never drive drunk or get in a car with someone you suspect to be intoxicated.
At The Hotel…
- When checking into a hotel, be sure to have proof of reservation.
- Keep the information for your hotel, address, phone number, name, in case you get lost.
- Use safes, which are offered at every hotel.
- When using an ATM, be wary of your surroundings and hide your pin.
- Drink responsibly.
- Decide your limits before you begin drinking.
- Do not leave your drink unattended.
- Do not accept drinks from strangers, especially if you did not see the bartender open make it.
- Pace yourself, and have a glass or water in between every alcoholic drink.
- Be aware of the signs of alcohol poisoning: reduced inhibition, slurred speech, motor impairment, confusion, memory and concentration difficulties, vomiting, irregular breathing, clammy skin.
- Go with your friends, leave with your friends.
- When in the sun, wear sunscreen.
- Drinking in the sun can cause you to get drunker quicker and cause dehydration.
- Drink lots of water, bottled if you are abroad.
- Only swim in water where there is a lifeguard and where you feel comfortable.
- Do not swim intoxicated.
- Pack and dress appropriately for the weather.
- Use safe sex rules, use protection!
- Use consent and ask for it.
- Don’t do more than you are comfortable with.
- You can say no.
- Be sure to always have an ID with you, passport if you are abroad.
- Know the laws of the country you are visiting.
- Don’t carry flashy items which make you a target for pickpocketers and thieves.
- Keep cash on you and at least two debit or credit cards. Keep one with you and one in a safe at your hotel for emergencies.
- Make sure someone from home knows of your plans, and stay in touch with them.
- Stay on well traveled streets.
- Know the emergency number for police, ambulance, etc.
- Learn local customs and common phrases.
Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Natalie Sumski, Peer Educator