We know what you’re thinking — only one more day until spring break! Whether you plan to fly to a tropical destination, head to the mountains to hit the slopes or go home for some quality time with friends and family, here are a few tips to ensure you have a fun and safe spring break:
On the Road
- Driving while tired can have similar effects on your body as drunk driving. Trade drivers often or stop for the night.
- Check the laws of your destination (e.g., open container, cell phone use).
- Distracted driving is dangerous. Have passengers navigate, control music and text/call for the driver.
Sun and Slope Safety
- Sunburns don’t just happen at the beach. Always use sunscreen and lip balm with at least SPF 15 and reapply often.
- Protect your eyes with lenses that block out UV rays A and B.
- Drink extra water: Sun exposure and altitude can be dehydrating
- Condoms help prevent pregnancy and STDs. Have them handy even if you don’t plan on being sexually active — a friend might need it!
- Use water- or silicone-based lubricant for increased sensation and decreased chances of condoms breaking.
- Sexual contact without consent is sexual assault. Being drunk may make your partner unable to consent.
- Have a plan before you go out. Will everyone go back to the hotel room together or are some staying with a friend? Make it specific and stick to it.
- Know a friend or family member’s contact information in case you can’t access your phone.
- Consider the risks associated with what you share online while you are out of town.
- Don’t drink anything you didn’t see mixed/poured or that has been left alone.
- If you drink, eat before and while you do it. High protein foods slow the absorption of alcohol.
- Before going out, make a plan for getting home safely (e.g., sober driver, taxi company or ride share service).
- If you drink, alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night to stay hydrated and pace yourself.
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