Lifestyles Center Blog


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…

  • 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.

When Drinking…

  • 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 Outside…


  • 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.


Safe Sex…


  • 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.


When Abroad

  • 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