After months and months of cold and snow, nothing sounds better than sun and sand. For many college students, spring break is a rite of passage. But nothing can ruin a trip faster than an accident or mishap that could have been avoided.
Make the most of your spring break by following our tips to stay safe.
- Get Your Prep Work Taken Care Of. Before you even leave home, make sure your passport is up-to-date (if needed), decide if you need vaccinations and pack all your medications. If you’re going out of the country, it may be difficult or impossible to get your prescriptions refilled. Also, if you are have special dietary restrictions, take steps to determine if those needs can be met where you’re going.
- Keep Your Eyes In Mind. Contact wearers should do themselves a favor and travel with a spare pair of glasses and contacts in their carry-on luggage. And remove contacts before swimming and bedtime to prevent eye infections.
- Slather On The Sunblock. Your body probably hasn’t felt the sun’s warmth in a while but it doesn’t take long to get a sunburn, especially if you’re closer to the equator. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply it often. Hats and sunglasses are a must on the beach as the sun’s rays are reflected off the water.
- Swim Safely. Ocean currents are dangerous and can pull you away from shore in an instant. Watch for signs on the beach that alert swimmers of dangerous conditions. And wear a life jacket if you’re not a strong swimmer. If you do get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you’re free.
- Know Your Limits. Is this vacation the time for your first skydive or bungee jump? Maybe not. But if you do decide to take part in activities that put you at risk for injury, be sure to use safety gear like seat belts and life vests. Any reputable outfitters will provide safety gear and give instruction for its use.
- Eat A Balanced Diet. You’re on vacation, so you should be able to treat yourself. Just be sure to balance out rich and sugary items with healthier options like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And don’t forget to drink lots of water.
- Drink Alcohol Responsibly. Don’t let alcohol affect your decision making, like trying to drive or wandering off alone. Stay in groups and don’t leave your drink unattended. Remember it is better to play it safe than be sorry.
Following these tips now will give you more fun, safe trips down the road. If you do need medications or vaccinations, contact one of our office locations to set up an appointment before you go.