It is that time of the year where many people will be heading out for Spring Break. While this is a great time for relaxing and having fun, make sure you are also safe during this time. It is important to not forget basic safety tips even during your vacation activities. Here are a few basic safety tips that can help you be fun and safe this Spring Break.
Tips for Staying Safe During Spring Break:
Don’t Overshare on Social Media
Be very careful what you choose to share on your social media accounts. Don’t mention your exact location, where you’re going, where you will be at specific times, or other post with too much personal information or pictures. Especially with specific hashtags like #springbreak2017 – public hashtags can be searched and viewed from people you do not know and may not want to share your info with.
Do Not Drink and Drive
If you have had too much to drink, or if you are not sure, do not risk it. Drinking and driving is illegal and has serious consequences. Get a ride from someone you trust or take a cab service to your destination. It is never worth the risk, it is better to be cautious.
Carry Emergency Cash and Phone Numbers Written Down
In some situations, such as the beach, it is difficult to carry your purse or wallet with all of your important belongings. For backup situations in case you lose this information, it is good to have phone numbers written down on paper (in case you lose your phone) and to also carry some cash (in case you lose your credit card.) This way you should have a backup for transportation, food, and reaching someone you trust should there be an emergency.
Make sure to always drink responsibly. Also, do not drink from community punch bowls or tubs, do not accept drinks from people you do not know or trust, and do not leave your drink unattended. Following these basic safety tips can help in crowded spring break locations where it is easy to get lost in a crowd.
While traveling, or at the beach, or wherever you decide to go for spring break, make sure to drink plenty of water. Dehydration can be very serious. Make sure you are drinking water regularly throughout the day.
Send Your Agenda to Family and People You Can Trust
It is important for your family or trusted friends to know where you will be in case there is an emergency. You may want to share with trusted family the details of your travel – hotel, city, and basic itinerary. Sharing all of your travel details on public social media is not a good idea, checking in with family or friends you trust can help keep you safe, in case of emergency, they will know where you should be.
Check Your Car Safety
If you are taking a road trip, rotate drivers often and take breaks as needed. Do not push through if you are too tired to drive or if the driving conditions are dangerous. Also, if you are driving, check the safety of your vehicle before starting your trip – gas, oil, tire pressure, windshield wipers, spare tire & jack, functional headlights, breaks, and other basic safety functions should be double-checked.