It’s that time of year again! Many students will be leaving for Spring Break within the next few days, and while we all enjoy a little fun in the sun, it’s also important to remember that safety comes first. Here are some precautions that you can take to ensure that you will have a fun and SAFE Spring Break.
1) If you are driving somewhere, make sure you always have a map on hand. Although many of us rely on the GPS on our phones to give us directions, not everywhere you go will have a strong enough service. In this situation, a good ole map will do just the trick.
2) If there is a safe in your hotel room, use it to your advantage. You don’t want to leave any valuable items in your room while you’re gone because housekeeping make come in or someone could break in, so leave them in the safe if you’re not bringing them with you.
3) If you need to go to an ATM, always be aware of your surroundings. The last thing you need while on vacation is to be short on cash, so make sure that there are no suspicious characters lurking around who may want to steal your money. If you feel uncomfortable going alone, go with the buddy system!
4) NEVER let your drink leave your sight. Someone could easily pick it up and spike it, and then who knows what will happen to you. No matter where you’re going, always take your drink with you.
5) Make sure that you stay hydrated. Being out in the sun all day can make you feel faint or light headed, so make sure you drink plenty of water and stay in the shade if this happens.
6) Not all beaches have a lifeguard on duty, so make sure you double check before diving into the ocean. If there is no lifeguard around, go swimming with a friend or a group of friends so you can keep an eye on each other.
7) Although Drake makes the phrase YOLO sound cool, there are too many people that take it seriously during Spring Break and then they end up in sticky or even dangerous situations, so always make conscious decisions when you go out.
8) ALWAYS keep your cell phone on you. If you ever find yourself in a situation that you feel uncomfortable with and you need help getting out, your friends are just one text message away.
9) Don’t ever get in a car with someone that has been drinking. There are so many teens that die each year from drunk driving-related incidents, so please don’t become another statistic.
10) While it’s essential to keep all of these things in mind, it’s also important that you remember to ENJOY YOURSELF! These are supposed to be the best four years of our lives, so make every minute count!!!