Keeping you safe during Spring Break
Not only during spring break, but anytime, it is always
smart to use the buddy system while out with friends. The buddy system
means that before going out, you will designate which friends will stay
together and make sure that no one ends up alone and/or in a
1) Safety in numbers. Go out in groups and make sure that no one is ever left alone
2) Don't ever leave your drink out of sight. If you take your eyes off of it, discard
3) Wear sunscreen
4) Always keep emergency money in a separate place other than your purse or wallet.
5) Only accept drinks from a licensed bartender or
drinks that you pour yourself. Do not accept drinks from strangers
unless you watch it being poured. You put yourself at risk for
receiving an altered beverage if you don't know the source of the drink.
6) Do not travel with illegal substances
7) Avoid casual intimate relationships with someone you just met and make sure that
you practice safe sex.
8) Never leave an intoxicated friend. If a friend is
sick, don't leave them alone. If you feel sick, ask someone to look out
for you. If a member of your group passes out, turn them on their side
to prevent choking and call 911 immediately.
9) Be careful following people you don't know back to hotel rooms, parties, homes,
10) Don't carry a lot of cash. Use credit/debit cards,
or traveler's check. If theft occurs, report your card stolen
immediately and have it canceled.
High profile cases such as Natalee Holloway, a high
school student who disappeared during her Spring Break trip to Aruba,
are uncommon. However, sexual violence and other violent acts during
Spring Break are not. Use common sense and follow these simple safety
1) Always be aware of your location and how to get back to your hotel.
2) Take only what you absolutely need during the day.
The less baggage, the better. Store valuable items in hotel safe. Or
don't bring them with you at all.
3) Never share personal information with a stranger, especially hotel information.
4) Never go anywhere alone and always make sure someone knows where you are going.
5) Never take offers for free rides or tours from anyone.
6) Keep money, passport and ID in a pouch that is not
easily accessible, such as a neck pouch hanging inside you shirt or a
waist belt inside your pants.
7) Be cautious of groups of kids, strangers offering to help with your bags and anyone
that inadvertently bumps into you.
8) Keep carry-ons, purse and other baggage near you. If you set baggage down, place
it securely between your legs.
9) Place your purse strap over a shoulder crossing it
over your upper torso. Place wallets in front pockets; they are too
easy to steal from back pockets.
10) If you are robbed, don't resist -- give up any
money, jewelry, or other valuables. You can always replace material
things. Call 911 as soon as you can.
1) Always keep your door locked whether you are in your room or away from it.
2) Keep track of your hotel key and never lend it to a stranger.
3) Use your peephole before answering the door.
4) Never leave your valuables in sight: lock them in a suitcase or room safe.
5) Never go anywhere alone. If you are in an elevator with strangers, stand next to
6) Be aware of the fire escape route. Know the way out if needed.
7) Don't horseplay or climb on balconies. Never sit on
railings and always keep both feet on the floor at all times. Falls
from balconies, even those on lower floors, can be fatal.
Travel Tips for Students
Be aware that there are lots of people out there who
see students on Spring Break as easy targets for theft. Don't prove
them correct. When traveling , here are some precautions you should
always take with your valuables.
1) Take only what you will need. Clean out your wallet and keep only a small amount
of cash, ID, ATM card and credit cards.
2) If traveling abroad, check with the US Department of State for the required visa,
ID or passport.
3) ATMs are often the easiest and the cheapest way to get money abroad. Be sure to
carry your card in a safe place.
4) Do not forget a week's worth of any prescription medication.
5) Leave a copy of your itinerary, passport, ID and list of wallet contents with someone
you trust back home.
6) Make a list of ID
numbers, contact information, travel information (flight and hotel) and
credit card numbers and leave it with a trusted friend or relative.
Call friends or family members to let them know that you have arrived
and returned safely.
SUN, SAND, & SURF
That new bathing suit has you bearing more skin than
ever and it is easy to spend hours partying with friends on the warm
sand. Before it's too late, you need to know that too much sun can not
only damage and dry our skin over time, it can cause a nasty sunburn
and possibly lead to skin cancer in your later years. Prevention is
important. Here are some things that you can do:
Avoid sun exposure during the hottest hours of the sun's rays... Protection
from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the
summer months or while at the beach. The hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
are the most hazardous for UV exposure. This is just as important on
cloudy and hazy days as on bright and sunny ones. It is important to
protect your skin.
Avoid over exposure - limit your time in the sun .. Ultraviolet
(UV) rays are a part of sunlight that is an invisible form of
radiation. UV rays can penetrate and change the structure of skin
cells. Although getting some sun exposure can yield a few positive
health benefits, excessive and unprotected exposure to the sun can
result in premature aging and undesirable changes in skin texture.
Sun exposure has a cumulative effect over one's
lifetime. It is now thought that many skin cancers actually start from
sun exposure or sun tanning in the teenage years. The dark suntan that
you enjoy now can actually contribute to your getting skin cancer in
your later years.
Apply sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) .. Sunscreens
come in a variety of forms such as lotions, gels, and sprays. Some are
for specific purposes, such as the scalp, sensitive skin, and for use
on babies. But the important take home should be that regardless of
the type of sunscreen you choose, be sure that you use one that blocks
both UVA and UVB rays and that it offers at least SPF 15. Pay special
attention to the face, nose, ears and shoulders. Reapply sunscreen
after swimming and sweating.
Wear sunglasses with UV (Ultraviolet) Protection.. Oh,
and don't forget your sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV
rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender
skin around your eyes from sun exposure. The standard sunglasses that
protect against UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection.
Drink plenty of fluids.. It is
important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water, non-carbonated
and non-alcoholic drinks, even if you do not feel thirsty.
Not all skin is created equal...Whether
individuals burn or tan depends on a number of factors , including
their skin type, the time of the year, and the amount of sun exposure
they have received recently. The skin's susceptibility to burning can
be classified on a five point scale as outlined in the following
Skin Type I - Always burns, never tans, sensitive to sun exposure
Skin Type II - Burns easily, tans minimally
Skin Type III - Burns moderately, tans gradually to light brown
Skin Type IV - Burns minimally, always tans well to moderately brown
Skin Type V - Rarely burns, tans profusely to dark
Skin Type VI - Never burns, deeply pigmented, least sensitive
Though everyone is at risk for damage as a result of
excessive sun exposure, people with skin types i and II are a the