- Plan ahead and be prepared. Are vaccinations required for your destination? Do you have enough medications to last your entire trip? Is your car ready and safe to travel the distance?
- If possible, take turns driving to stay alert. Always wear seat belts and drive safely.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Excessive and unprotected sun exposure can result in premature aging, changes in skin texture, burning and skin cancer. Water (such as swimming pools and beaches) increases the reflections of the sun’s rays and makes it easier to be burned by the sun. Wear sunscreen even if it’s cloudy outside. Reapply the sunscreen after swimming, sweating and after the recommended time on the bottle. The sun’s rays are most intense between 10am – 3pm. Wear protective clothing and hats. Be aware that certain medications cause an increased possibility of sun damage and rashes.
- Protect your eyes with sunglasses. If you wear contact lenses, make sure you bring extra pairs. Bring back-up glasses in case unable to wear contacts.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!! Spending time in the sun and drinking alcohol can cause dehydration. To stay well hydrated, drink plenty of water, or non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages.
- Don’t forget to eat! Try to squeeze in some healthy snacks here and there.
- Stick together – always stay with a friend. You are always much safer in a group.
- Make smart choices – if you choose to drink alcohol, pace yourself and set your limit. Make your own drinks. Never leave your drink unattended. Alternate your drink with water to stay hydrated. Never drink and drive.
Enjoy whatever you choose to do on Spring Break – fun with family and friends or alone time with some self-reflection. Relax and rejuvenate in order to finish the semester strong upon your return!