Summer Traveling Safety Tips

by Erika Solloway on July 11, 2016

Sleeping in, no classes, no more snow, hanging out with friends… those are just a few great things about Summer break. With all your vacations being booked, there are few safety tips that would be helpful to keep in mind.

car

 

When you’re on the go:

-If you’re going on a road trip, make sure the driver is fully awake, and switch drivers often. Ensure that the car is insured, everyone has a license just in case, you have some extra gasoline in the trunk, and you carry a paper map (sometimes cell service can fail in rural areas or tunnels).

-If you’re taking a taxi, make sure they are a reputable or familiar company, their personal licensing information is visible, and keep your belongings all together. If something doesn’t feel right, you can tell them to pull over at a safe location at any time.

hotel

 

In hotels:

-Try not to reserve a room on the first floor, as those are the easiest to break into. Make sure to keep your hotel key on you at all time, and that your door closes completely when you leave.

-When you leave your room, use a safe (most hotels have a safe available in the room) for anything expensive or important like passports and jewelry, and don’t leave anything on the balcony to dry.

atm

 

At an ATM:

-Try to go in groups, and always cover your fingers when you’re typing in your pin number. If you feel like someone is lingering a bit too close, use a different ATM.

alcohol

 

If you choose to drink:

-Determine before you go out what your limits are. When you are sober and with a clear head is the best time to make decisions like that. Deciding how the night will go beforehand can help you prepare yourself.

-Be sure to check out the local liquor laws where you’re vacationing.

-Keep an eye on your drink at all times and don’t drink from anything you didn’t see opened or poured right from the bottle. If you have any suspicion, toss it and get another. If you choose to not drink, still keep an eye on your drink because a bad person may not know what your drink is, and some drugs are undetectable to the tongue.

-Make sure to eat before you head out if you’re choosing to drink alcohol. Eat something with protein and carbs, so you will be full and energized, instead of junk food or sugary candy. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can make you extremely sick.

-If you suspect that someone may be suffering from alcohol poisoning, get them to a medical professional as soon as possible. Some signs to look out for are shallow or slow breathing, blueish tinted skin, cold or clammy skin, and if the person continues to vomit even while passed out.

-Remember, only YOU know what’s in your cup, so be responsible for yourself. There’s plenty of fun to be had that doesn’t involve any alcohol!

lifeguard

 

In the water:

-Stay hydrated if you’re going to be in the sun. If you start to feel faint or light headed, seek shade immediately.

-Be sure to protect your skin with sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes as well.

-Swimming without a lifeguard is putting yourself at risk. Even the most skilled swimmers can drown with a strong enough rip current.

 

Have a great and SAFE Summer vacation!

 

Sources of information: https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/OutreachEducation/SitePages/Home.aspx

http://www.safespringbreak.org/safety-tips/

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