Hopefully you are able to use your Spring Break to relax and unplug this month. We know many of you will be heading out and traveling on vacation. As you pack your suitcase, keep these "taking a break safely" tips in mind:
- Before you leave for the airport, scan or copy important documents you'll be traveling with and email them to yourself. This way, if they were to get lost or stolen, you'll know which credit card companies to call and cancel, know what to replace, and have copies of important travel documentation.
- Consider diversifying where you keep your money and credit cards. Keep one in your wallet, one in your bag, and a backup in your hotel room. That way, you're more unlikely to get stranded somewhere with no money.
- Don't keep your wallet, cash, or credit cards in your back pocket. It's easy access for a pickpocket. Your front pocket is a better choice.
- Cut crash dieting. The scenario is all too familiar. You are a busy woman. Work, school, volunteering, a social life; it's a lot to balance. Between classes and your shift at the coffee shop, you look at the calendar only to realize Spring break is in a month. Suddenly, you are in a full panic. You don't feel ready to be in a bathing suit. You haven't worked out in weeks. You've (more than once) indulged in late night pizza with your study group. Now what? Your first instinct may be to cut calories and up workouts. Crash dieting will only lead to irritability, mood swings, and increased temptations on un-healthy binges. Instead, focus on being active, eating a balanced diet, and getting excited for your trip!
- Do your research. Have a general understanding for the culture and environment of where you are traveling. Seek out reliable accommodations and transportation to and from the airport. Having these things setup in advance will keep you safe and ease travel anxiety!
- Always enter and exit your hotel through the main entrance. It's safer.
- Keep a general awareness of your surroundings and watch out for your friends. Use the buddy system and stick together.
- Trust your gut. If something feels "off" or "wrong", it probably is. Get yourself and your friends out of the situation and to a safe place.
- Never leave your drink unattended. EVER. Just don't do it. If you happen to walk away or see a friend leave her drink, ditch it and buy a new one. It's the best way to ensure your safety.
- If traveling out of the country, check to see if any vaccinations are needed. If so, make sure to call your doctor and get them to ensure your optimal health while traveling.
- If you decide to engage in any excursions while traveling, check to make sure your instructor has the appropriate certifications. You'll want to check for safety records and legitimate qualifications!
- Don't leave your personal property unattended. This one sounds like a given, right? But it happens to the best of us. We think our friend is watching our purse, or we only walk away for a minute and unfortunately that can be enough time for a thief to get away with all your valuables. Travel light and keep an eye on everything!
Share with us below! Are you traveling this Spring Break? If so, what's your best safety tip?