These spring break travel tips are your key ways to stay safe on your spring break

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By Janet Ashforth


Is your idea of spring break a hot sandy beach on a tropical island?  Perhaps with swaying palm trees, a floating pool bar and a pulsing nightlife? If so, that may mean you’re traveling to an international destination. But even if you’re staying close to home, safety is key.

Chances are you will enjoy an incident-free spring break, ut the US State Department warns that each year there will be several deaths and hundreds of arrests over this unofficial holiday. Unfortunately, some students will make choices that will negatively impact the rest of their lives.

You already know that sticking with a buddy is the number one safety tip, but there are other key spring break safety tips for college students that will go a long way in keeping you safe.

Avoid Risky Destinations

The current worldwide political climate makes some countries simply unsafe for travel. Just don’t go.

If your spring break plans don’t include reckless abandon and drunken debauchery, there are many domestic destinations that you’ll also want to avoid. Decide what type of break you want to have and do your research on appropriate destinations.

Share Your Plan

Copy your itinerary and leave it with someone at home. Make sure they have the addresses and phone numbers to your accommodations. Give them your flight information and room numbers. Also, provide them with the contact information of friends you’ll be traveling with.

Safety Status Updates

Check in at home when you arrive at your destination. Then have two or three pre-planned phone calls set on specific dates and times, when someone will be expecting to hear from you for a safety status update.

It’s important that they hear your voice, so call, don’t text. Establish a crisis code word beforehand that you can fit naturally into a conversation if you’re in trouble.

Protect Your Assets

Make a copy of your passport, ID, and credit cards. Keep copies in your hotel safe in case yours are lost or stolen. Keep your smartphone clipped to an inside pocket; smartphones are a popular item for pickpockets to target. Try out Cube Tracker to keep track of your lost items if you do end up misplacing them.

Buy a discreet money belt and stash your extra cash, credit card and ID. Keep your money belt on you and don’t access it in public. Have a small amount of cash handy for quick purchases like drinks or snacks.

Carry Pepper Spray

Unless you’re a highly trained martial arts master, it’s a good idea to carry some type of protection. Pepper spray is easy to carry and a tiny tube can stop even the most ambitious attacker in their tracks.

Pepper spray contains chemical compounds from chili peppers that cause pain, sting the eyes and cause temporary blindness. It will buy you just enough time to put some distance between yourself and your assailant.

Be Respectful

If you travel out of the country for spring break, be respectful of the people, laws and culture. You may be on vacation, but this is home for the locals.  

Be polite. Don’t litter or disrespect property. Learn the local laws and ordinances before you go and stick to them. Actually, the same rules apply if you stay in your home country.

Drink Smart

Yes, drinking can be fun. But do yourself a favor and drink smart. Don’t leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers. Only drink beverages that were crafted in front of you or came in a sealed bottle. And remember, the more you drink the higher the risk that you’ll do something to put yourself in a bad situation.

As Robin Williams put it, “spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’.”  And you deserve a break after a tough semester of classes, homework, studying and your job. Use these spring break tips to have your best possible break and return safe and sound to your regular, demanding life.


Janet Ashforth is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist and meditation instructor. She has worked at several popular gyms and owned her own fitness company. Janet helped countless individuals maintain or regain their health and wellness. She also writes about food, nutrition, cooking and baking and is a “real food” advocate.


Sources:

https://www.mexpro.com/blog/spring-break-in-mexico-the-u-s-department-of-state-know-before-you-go

http://www.safespringbreak.org/safety-tips/

https://www.tripsavvy.com/spring-break-places-to-avoid-1861049


Janet Ashforth is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist and meditation instructor. She has worked at several popular gyms and owned her own fitness company. Janet helped countless individuals maintain or regain their health and wellness. She also writes about food, nutrition, cooking and baking and is a “real food” advocate.


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