Spring Break Survival Tips
Spring break is around the corner, and we bet you couldn’t be more excited, whether you’re spending the week off from classes at home, on the beach, or beyond. Stay healthy, safe, and sharp with these survival tips.
Even if the only sun you’ll be getting is through the windshield of your car driving to work, sunscreen is important. For anyone spending time outside, it’s critical. Research links sun exposure to 65% of skin cancer. And even if you’re one of the lucky minority to escape the disease, it still makes your skin age more rapidly. You can get portable sticks or small tubes of sunscreen to carry in a pocket or purse. Don’t forget to reapply—if you think you’ll be too distracted to remember, set an alarm on your phone or watch.
Water plays a strong role in spring break safety. First off, make sure you drink enough of it, especially if you’re also drinking alcohol or working long hours. 64 ounces a day is the generally-accepted ideal. And secondly, if you’re in water like the pool or the ocean, play safely. Make sure you know about currents and tides in the ocean, and in the pool, look out for other swimmers. Also, do yourself a favor and don’t drink booze in a hot tub—it can lower your blood pressure to dangerous levels.
3. Go Analog
Consider trying to unplug a little bit this Spring Break—for students today of any age, digital tools are essential. But if you’re going out for a bar crawl or heading into the wilderness, lessening your reliance on the Internet and cell phones is about more than a mental break. If you’re drunk or lost, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to use your phone to get directions or meet back up with your friends. Write down the address of your hotel, or better yet grab a few of their business cards, especially if you don’t speak the local language. Establish a meeting spot with your friends where everyone will go as soon as they realize someone is separated.
4. Social Media
One of the best parts of spring break is sharing your adventures with others and seeing theirs in return, but oversharing on social media could put you and friends at risk. Hashtags and checking in on apps can make your location public to strangers in the area who might not have good intentions. And no matter what your plans, during chill times with friends and loved ones, don’t have your face in Facebook the entire time. It’s so not polite.
5. Don’t Binge
This applies to just about everything—alcohol, Girl Scout cookies, Netflix (okay, well, binge a little), workouts, work—the best things in life are best in moderation. While going a little to excess is probably okay if it helps you relax, don’t make yourself sick.
6. Stay Sharp
If you’re in a new place, stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t give your phone number or the location where you’re staying to any strangers (and especially not your room number). At the least, you might be opening up yourself up to robbery or much worse by letting your guard down. And while you might be tired of thinking and studying all the time, don’t put your brain totally out to pasture this week. Try playing some challenging board games, completing a puzzle, or reading to keep semi-prepared to return to classes next week. That is, of course, presuming you don’t have homework due when you return.
We hope these spring break tips keep you happy and healthy during your week of relaxation. From all your brothers here at Alpha Kappa Psi, allow yourself to relax—you’ve earned it!