Five spring break safety tips

As you’re gearing up for spring break, it’s important to keep a few safety tips in mind to make sure you return ready to hit the books when classes resume. For maximum fun and minimum regret (we’ve all had that sunburn that makes you look like a lobster), follow these suggestions:

1. Be aware of your surroundings

When wandering around in a new city, it’s especially important to be aware of your surroundings. It can be easy to get distracted chatting with your friends or texting people back home, but to stay safe in an unfamiliar environment, you should be aware of what’s around you at all times.

2. Travel in groups

If possible, never go anywhere alone. Employ the buddy system: There is safety in numbers and you are less likely to be approached by a stranger if you are not alone. If you meet a new friend on spring break, bring someone you know and trust with you when you hang out.

3. Stay in a central location

If you book a hotel near the areas where you plan to spend most of your time, you will be less likely to get lost. This may also eliminate the need for driving, which could increase your safety and save you money.

4. Keep copies of your information

Before you leave, make photocopies of important information, such as your credit or debit cards, in case they are stolen and need to be canceled. You should also send a copy of your itinerary, contact information and hotel reservations to your parents or a friend at home.

5. Watch what you drink

Remember: The legal blood alcohol content limit is .08 percent. Although you should always watch what you drink, this is especially true if you are going to be in the sun because it can intensify the effects of alcohol.