03/12/2018 Beyond Sunscreen: Spring Break Safety Tips, University Edition

Marla Hill, Sr. Copywriter

Beyond Sunscreen: Spring Break Safety Tips, University Edition

Spring break is synonymous with college students seeking fun in the sun. In 2015, the Chicago Tribune reported that over 50 percent of university students planned to travel for spring break1. Over 50 percent hit the road, driving to their destinations, 95% shared a hotel room with friends, 40% said they skipped sleep for at least 24 hours during a trip2 and over a 1/3 said they regretted drinking alcohol3 it’s a mix that would keep most parents up at night.

Before your favorite co-eds pack their bags, educate them with our Spring Break Safety Tips.

1. Drive & divide

Take turns behind the wheel to keep everyone awake and alert. Bring an actual map in case of navigation glitches or dropped cell service. Make sure everyone has a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance before hitting the road. It’s a good idea to know your route before you go, pack a roadside emergency kit and keep any valuables out of sight, locked in the trunk. And, most importantly, never drink or text while driving. For more safe driving tips visit safespringbreak.org/safety-tips.

2. Buddy up

It’s easy to get lost in a crowd, so designate one of your friends as your travel BFF/buddy wherever you are—at a party, beach, or seeing sights. Keep an eye on your buddy at all times and don’t leave anywhere without them. As Fight Back on Spring Break advises, “Come with your friends. Leave with your friends….look out for each other.”

3. Protect your assets

Use the hotel safe for your ID, credit cards, passport (if abroad), cash, jewelry (better yet, leave bling at home), cameras and personal devices. When you’re out and about keep your cash, ID and keys secure and out of site.4

You are your most important asset--If you’re anywhere that you don’t feel comfortable or safe, leave. Consider downloading an emergency contact app like Parachute. Keep your hotel name, phone number and address in your phone and provide that info with someone at home in case your phone dies or you don’t have service.5

4. Ride share wisely.

If you use a rideshare service, check that the license plate and driver photo of the car matches the one on your app before getting in. Fight Back on Spring Break advises following the navigation on your cell to make sure you’re heading to the right place. Plan ahead and research the safest and most reliable ride options before your trip and make sure you know areas to avoid on your trip.4

5. Drink smart.

If drinking alcohol, drink responsibly. Always keep an eye on your drink, whether or not it’s alcoholic, and don’t accept drinks from strangers. Know your limits and know that binge drinking or keeping up isn’t required for a fun spring break. Consider a designated non-drinker from your group for each night so someone can stay alert and make sure everyone gets home safely.

Travel smart, travel safe to a fun and memorable spring break.

References
1 Karp, G. (2015, February 02). More than 50 percent of college students plan warm spring break. Retrieved March 09, 2018, from chicagotribune.com/business/ct-spring-break-spots-0203-biz-20150202-story.html.
2 News Releases. (n.d.). Retrieved March 09, 2018, from press.orbitz.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=251693&p=irol-newsArticle_print&ID=2012439.
3 (n.d.). Retrieved March 09, 2018, from projectknow.com/discover/confessions-of-a-spring-breaker.
4 (n.d.). Retrieved March 09, 2018, from safespringbreak.org/safety-tips/.

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