Safety tips for Spring Break

Spring break is still a week away, but many students are already planning for the vacation. Whether you’re traveling to an exotic, sunny location or just going on a road trip with some friends, it’s important to stay safe so you come back to school with only good memories.

No matter where you’re going or what you’re doing, the Department of State website advises that you don’t take too many valuables with you. Losing something expensive or sentimental is a sure way to put a damper on your entire break. If you don’t absolutely need it and would be sad to lose it, leave it at home.

Also, avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Cash is almost impossible to replace if lost or stolen. Instead, use a credit card. Just make sure it will be accepted where you’re going if you’re leaving the States. Additionally, let your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions know you will be abroad or traveling to a state far from home, according to the Department of State. If you’re from Seattle and your credit card company sees you spending money in Las Vegas, it might assume your card has been stolen and cancel it, leaving you stuck without money.

If you are going to be flying, Travel suggests you keep your most important items in your carry-on. This includes travel documents, medication, laptops, and your traveler’s checks. If you wouldn’t want it to get lost or delayed, keep it on with you at all times.

Take care of your health. Obviously, if you’re going to be somewhere sunny protect your skin. And if you’ll be drinking, be smart about it. The State Department explains that ‘overdoing it’ can result in an arrest, accident, violent crime, or even death. Any of those will have serious repercussions that can last long after the break is over. Have fun, but watch out for your own safety as well as the safety of your friends.

For road trips, Road & Travel Magazine recommends avoiding rest areas after dark unless the parking lot is full of other cars. Also, make sure your vehicle is in good condition and tuned up.

Keep a first aid kit with you, especially if you’ll be doing outdoor activities such as camping or hiking. This kit should include items such as bandages, gel or cream for insect bites or stings, medicine, an instant cold pack, and more, according to

Overall, just be aware. If you are going outside of the U.S., make sure you know if there are any travel warnings. Be aware of the laws and customs of the area. If you’ll be driving a long distance, make sure you are prepared for the weather. Although it’s not nearly as fun to plan the logistics of a vacation, doing so could come in handy later if there’s a bump in the road.