Hitting the road with your best friends is a time-honored ritual, and spring break has quickly become the epitome of bonding for college students. But as important as the fun you plan to have is how to stay safe while you are relaxing and taking a break from classes. Read on for some spring break travel tips that will ensure your spring break is memorable for all the right reasons. And if you’re thinking “I know these already,” we get it. But it never hurts to be over-prepared!
Prep in advance
You don’t want to start out on your spring break journey stressed out because you aren’t prepared. A little advance thinking can save you from a major problem down the road. Lillian Block writes for USAToday’s Travel Tips “Travel Tips for Students” with some big picture things to consider whether you are getting away for spring break or any other journey.
- Get your identification in order. Heading south of the border? Make sure you have that passport in hand. Check if your destination requires any visas, as well. And even if you are traveling within the 50 states, be sure to have a photo id.
- Let your folks know where you are. Not only is this a good idea in case of emergency, but it will also go a long way towards showing the ‘rents that you are growing up and accepting responsibility.
- Check out your insurance. Sure it may be a drag, but it will be a bigger drag if you are hit with a huge medical bill for that bout of food poisoning or those stitches you needed after stepping on broken glass by the pool.
- Nail down the money situation. Let your debit and credit card carrier know you will be traveling so they don’t freeze your cards. And if you are leaving the country, have a little of the local currency on hand in case you need it right away.
Photo do’s and don’ts
You don’t want memories of your spring break travel to turn into a cautionary tale for others. So whether your social media of choice is Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat, be careful about the images you post and that others post of you when you are on vacation. Part of how to stay safe for college students includes not having your long-term career prospects killed because of some crazy night of partying that is captured for all to see.
Collegemagazine.com posted on March 29, 2011, these tips in “Facebook Do’s and Don’ts: Spring Break Edition”:
- Keep your party pics classy.
- Skip the sharing of drunken blunders or other embarrassing mistakes.
- Make sure your PDA is rated PG-13.
- Be remembered for looking good in a swimsuit, but not as the winner of the wet T-shirt contest.
- Watch the pictures with alcohol in them. And don’t even go there if you are under 21.
Above all, the post recommends asking yourself about all pictures, “Would I show this to my parents?”
Out on the town
In Safety Tips on Erin Weed’s blog Safe Spring Break, she urges college students to follow her cardinal rule of going out: “Go out with your friends, go home with your friends.” Not only can this help everyone stay safe while on spring break, but should something happen, you know someone is looking out for you and vice versa.
Weed highlights that college students should “be on the lookout for signs of predatory drugs: extreme wooziness, confusion, difficulty standing and slurring speech.”
In other going out news, Weed recommends deciding before you leave for spring break what your boundaries are when it comes to sex. And if sex is on the table, “make sure it’s protected. Stock up on protection before you leave home so you never find yourself in a compromised situation.”
By following these travel tips for college students you can have a safe AND fun spring break. And that is all any one wants, right?
What are your safe travel tips? Share your best advice in the comments below.