By Carli-Rae Manjorin
Spring Break is almost considered a holiday among college students and what’s not to love? Excitedly planning trips and having a week off of from school all contribute to a great entrance into the spring season. However, “spring break” and “safety” are words rarely used in a sentence together but safety is crucial to a fun trip. When traveling this spring break remember to stay safe. Be careful while on the road, in hotels or resorts, or out of the country.
Keep in mind that when road tripping with friends it’s always important to take turns driving. Driving while tired is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Taking turns or having someone awake to talk to in the passenger seat is always a good idea as well. It may sound old school but bringing a map is a great idea too, just in case you lose navigation service on your phone or GPS. It’s important to remember to never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle and the safest spot to hide them would be in the trunk of your car. If hailing a taxi or an Uber/Lyft, follow along with navigation on your phone or a map and know it is within your rights to stop the ride and get out if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Staying in hotels and resorts is exciting but can also be dangerous. Most hotels or resorts have a safe in the room so use it to store valuables. When booking a room try to find a room above the first floor but below the sixth floor. First floors are more likely to get broken into and sixth floors may have fire ladders that are too high to reach. Write down the address of your hotel and keep it in your pocket or save it in your phone. The last thing you want in an emergency is to not know your location.
Sunburns can also really put a damper on your trip so be sure to apply sunscreen every few hours. Stay hydrated and protected from the sun to avoid sun poisoning or dehydration. If you’re of age and deciding to drink during spring break, be smart. Eat before you drink and know your limits regarding alcohol. When drinking, stay with friends and don’t leave anyone behind.
Whether you’re staying in Bemidji, road-tripping with friends or traveling out of the country this spring break, stay safe and have fun!