Nine tips to help have a safe spring breakBy TL Smith | 03/05/2017 7:18pm
Spring break is quickly approaching and many of us are planning to travel. This week’s post is just a list of a few tips to help you conquer spring break and make it back to T-Town (relatively) unscathed. All tips are courtesy of safespringbreak.org, so be sure to check them out for a full list of tips as well as other great info.
1. Take turns behind the wheel. Rotating drivers can keep everyone rested with the added bonus of taking turns deciding on the music.
- Make sure that everyone has a valid license and make sure the vehicle has registration and insurance.
2. Never leave valuables in plain view in your car. Lock items in your trunk before reaching your destination.
3. Before leaving your hotel, take a card from the front desk with the name of the hotel, phone number and address, just in case you need help getting back. Also, put this information in your phone to be extra sure you have it.
4. If you are going to carry a backpack, consider getting a small lock for your zipper and keep the key in your pocket. Another theft reduction is to carry your backpack on your front instead of your back in crowded areas.
5. Almost all hotels offer safes. Use them! This is a great place to store any cash or credit cards that you don’t want to have on hand when you are out of the hotel and any other easy to steal items such as iPads, iPods, jewelry, laptops, backup ID (DL or passport.)
6. Decide before you go out what your limits should be. When you are sober and making clear-headed decisions is the best time to consider what you feel your personal boundaries should be. Do I want to drink tonight? If so, how much? Do I want to have sex tonight? If so, do I have protection? Deciding up front will make it easier for you later to make choices that you will be happy with after the party is over.
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers, and be mindful of open-container laws as well as regulations about alcohol on the beach.
7. Drinking plus sun can equal a bad sunburn and an even worse hangover. Sun can maximize the effects of alcohol so keep this in mind when you party poolside or at the beach.
8. Do not carry large quantities of cash. These days ATM’s are everywhere so you can replenish if you need to. If you do have mostly cash, always keep part of your cash in your hotel safe and the rest of it in two locations on your person. That way if you are mugged or robbed, you won’t lose everything.
9. If you already don’t, make sure you have an I.C.E. (in case of emergency) contact in your phone so that your friends or anyone assisting you knows who to call.