Every spring, thousands of high school and college students pack their bags for a much deserved spring break vacation. For many, this is the first trip without Mom and Dad. While spring break is a great time to hang out with friends, unwind, and get away from the books for awhile, unfortunately, it can pose potential safety risks. It is important that parents arm these young adults with the knowledge to protect themselves. By following a few precautions and safety tips, their time with friends can be relaxing, fun, and memorable (in a positive way).
- Do some research and choose your destination wisely. Learn about your destination, areas to avoid, and laws.
- Take few valuables, if any on your trip. Those you do need to take should be locked in a safe in your hotel room.
- Make sure to take all necessary forms of identification, important phone numbers, and passport, if needed.
- Use recommended shuttle services or buses and reputable, licensed taxi services.
- Stay close to your friends. Only go out and home with friends. Never go off to secluded areas alone. Be aware of your surroundings. If you feel like something is amiss, trust your instincts.
- Be responsible. Never drink and drive. This is a dangerous situation. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning.
- Watch your drink always. Be aware of “date rape” drugs that someone may sneak into your drink.
- Refuse drinks from strangers.
- Think water safety. Stay within the designated swimming areas and always swim with a friend. Even an experienced swimmer can get caught in an undertow.
- Understand your health insurance policy and how you are protected away from home.
- Parents – make copies of your students’ itinerary and important documents, such as their passport.
Lawsuit Financial reminds young adults that when you set aside the books and vacation with friends, remember these safety precautions. They are the best way to enjoy your spring break get-away this year. Make the most of spring break by making smart decisions. Staying safe will ensure your safe return with positive, lasting memories. Have a great time and be careful!
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series—Mark Bello is also the CEO of Lawsuit Financial and the country’s leading expert in providing non-recourse lawsuit funding to plaintiffs involved in pending litigation. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.