Spring Break Precautions


Cassidy Johncox, Co-Editor in Chief

The countdown really begins; Spring Break is only about a week away! While you probably have your trip all planned out, you should still take some precautions to have a safe trip.

#1. No matter where you’re travelling, make smart choices. This may be the most obvious one, but it’s important not to just do whatever you want because you’re on spring break. Be sure to have fun and make a lot of memories, but behave in a way that you’d be proud of.

#2. If you’re travelling somewhere warm and beachy, drink a lot of water and use a lot of sunscreen. Your body isn’t very used to the sun and heat (obviously, we live in MI..) and you need to stay hydrated and protected. If you’re going to Mexico, however, stay away from the water!

#3. Use the buddy system. Whether you’re going with family or friends, never venture off somewhere alone. It’s a good idea to have a group or at least one other person with you all the time, just to watch out for each other.

#4. Be careful of the people you meet. While it’s fun meeting new friends on vacations, you can never be too cautious. Do not take drinks from anybody that you do not know. It isn’t necessarily a good idea to hang out with you’re new friends in secluded areas; keep in mind you don’t really know them at all.

#5. Be aware of your surroundings. It’s a good idea to take a look around and get a feel for what’s going on and where you are. If you get lost, you’ll have an easier time getting back if you know what you’re looking for. (It’s a good idea to have a map of where you are and to be able to read that map.)

#6. Make sure you have enough money for your trip. Imagine running out of money while you’re staying very far away from home…then what? If you don’t have the funds to get by during Spring Break, it’s smarter to stay home and save up for another trip another time.

#7. Keep your cell phone charged and on you at all times. Whether it’s in case of emergency, or it’s time for a photo op with your friends, it’s a good idea to keep your phone with you no matter where you go.

#8. Have a plan. Know of surrounding hotels, restaurants, hospitals, etc. when you’re going on your trip. It’s smart to know of places to go in case of emergency, but it’s also a good idea to know where things are so you aren’t wandering around trying to find a place to stop for breakfast.

#9. Transportation: if you’re driving (no matter how far you’re driving) it’s important to understand that it is not a game. The road trip may be a part of the whole experience, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly considering how dangerous it could be if all of the passengers are distracted. If you’re flying, enjoy your flight!

#10. HAVE FUN. Don’t just make good decisions, make memories! Take tons of pictures and enjoy every minute of your break!