Spring break is just about here, and if you’re about to head off for a week of well-deserved vacation, there are some tips to ensuring the safest holiday possible. Whether you’re a teen, young adult, or adult, we all have to take precautions to ensure a vacation that’s fun and safe!

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Here are some tips for a safe spring break.

Practice Safe Alcohol Consumption

Spring break is notorious for bringing out the less inhibited side in people, and one activity that’s part of that is drinking alcohol. When you’re going out to have drinks, follow these guidelines:

  • Always keep your drink in your hand—if you leave your drink unattended, even for a few seconds, discard it and order a new one.
  • Never accept drinks from anybody but the bartender.
  • Slow your pace—overdrinking can lead to alcohol poisoning, or at the very least, having your next day ruined by a painful hangover.
  • Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage to stay hydrated.
  • Don’t drink when you’re swimming, in the pool, in a hot tub, or in a lake, river, or ocean.
  • Never drive, and never get in the car with somebody who has been drinking.

Keep Your Belongings Secure

We’ve all heard stories of tourists being robbed while on vacation, and you don’t want to become another contribution to those statistics. Here are some ways you can avoid being robbed on vacation.

  • Leave the bling at home to avoid making yourself a target.
  • Leave your phone in a pocket and out of sight unless you absolutely must use it.
  • Stash your money securely out of sight on your body, and avoid carrying purses or other obvious accessories.
  • When leaving your hotel room, keep valuables and your passport secured in a safe. If you don’t have one in your room, request to use the one at the front desk.
  • Only carry small amounts of cash with you, and not your entire budget for the week.

Stay with Friends

It doesn’t matter how old you are—the buddy system is the best system to stay safe. You’re in unfamiliar territory and likely trying unfamiliar things. Staying in a group and not straying is one of the best ways to stay safe. Not only that, but when you make an agreement to stay in a group with your friends, you can keep an eye out for those who might be getting into unsafe situations. Come up with a code word for when you feel you’re not safe, and make sure everyone is on board with it—if one person leaves, the rest leave, too. Period.

Make Good Social Media Decisions

No matter what your age or stage of life, you’re likely on at least one form of social media. And you’re probably going to want to show everyone what an incredible time you’re having while on spring break. We have one word for you: don’t. The risk here is two-fold. For one, if people know you’re not at home, you’re opening it up to robbery—regardless of how well you think you know your friend list, it happens to people all the time! Additionally, there are things you might think are fun for social media now that will get you in serious trouble down the road with parents, employers, and a host of other people.

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