Spring Break is here. Well in Canada it is called Reading Week. We guess there is a hope that if it is called reading week students will go home to family, regroup, and catch up on all the work they need to do to get through the rest of the semester. But, for many lucky students, the only reading they will be doing is the menu at the beach bar in Miami or Cancun or Puerto Vallarta with hundreds of other party goers whose only agenda is to have a great time.
If you are heading south for spring break with your friends for some fun in the sun keep these tips in mind to keep you safe and secure so your memories of this week will be wonderful and epic.
- Make an Itinerary.
Before you leave, detail your itinerary. Make certain you have listed your flight and hotel details including the phone number and address of where you are staying and leave these details with a family member.
- Get a Roaming Plan
Make sure you have a roaming plan on your cell phone that allows you to make calls in the place where you will be. You, and the friends you are travelling with, should be able to text each other at all times. Do not rely on wifi alone.
- Get to Know Your Area
Get to know the area you are staying in and map out the best routes to get back to your hotel. Make a plan with your travelling friends to be able to meet up when you need to.
- Don’t Get Too Comfortable
Partying with everyone in such a fun environment can bring out the “devil may care” attitude and give you a false sense of security. Keep your wits about you and be certain to stick with your friends.
- Trust Your Instincts
If you end up in a situation that doesn’t feel quite right, trust your instincts and get out. Use any excuse to leave and get yourself to a safe place.
- Keep Drinks in Your Hand at all Times.
When in a bar, order drinks directly from the bartender. Do not accept any drink from a stranger and keep your drink in your hand at all times. Never let your drink out of your site. Spring break is a notorious time for women to be “roofied”, where drugs are slipped in your drink.
- You do only live once.
Once again that “devil may care” attitude may cause you to engage in higher risk activities. Pay attention to what you are doing. This is especially important in southern destinations where safety is not as regulated. Make sure you do your research and use only reputable companies for your adventure tours.
- Know the water.
Coming from the Great White North, you may not have much experience with ocean swimming. Learn about riptides and always swim where there are lifeguards. If you are boating, always wear your life jacket.
- Protect Yourself
If you plan on “hooking up”. Protect yourself. Better still, don’t hook up.
- Drink Responsibly
Although last on the list, this is the most important one. Most unsavoury situations are a direct result of overindulgence. Know your limits and stick to them!