Now nearly halfway through the new semester, your mind might not be on essays and lectures and midterms. Chances are, you’re thinking about your plans for spring break. Spring break is an infamous and beloved tradition among college students. Songs have been written about it. It’s the major plotline of several movies. It’s an event that promises good times with friends, meeting interesting people, and adventure. Whether you’re traveling 18 hours by car to a seedy motel on the coast or flying to Cancun to stay at an all-inclusive resort, this is a trip that memories are made of. But you want to make sure that they’re good memories, not bad ones. To this end, I’m providing some tips for how to stay safe and out of trouble on spring break.

Tips for Travel

No matter how you’re traveling or where you’re going, make sure you don’t have any unpleasant run-ins with the law before you even get to your destination!

  • If you’re driving, make sure everyone in the car has a valid license. This will allow you to take turns driving and ensure that no one gets too tired on a shift. This will help prevent car accidents.
  • Never let anyone drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Take the hit and offer to drive if the person who’s supposed to be driving is acting irresponsibly.
  • Do not smuggle illegal items onto planes. This is particularly the case if you’re returning from an international trip. Just because something is legal in another country does not mean that it’s legal in America! Don’t take the risk!
  • Make sure you have your passport and other identification on you.

Tips for Drinking and Going Out

For many, drinking is a given while on vacation with friends. However, this can lead to complications with your trip if you are not careful.

  • Always have a designated driver.
  • If you’re in a foreign city, make sure you know how to get back to your hotel.
  • Be safe. If you’re unfamiliar with the area you’re in, you can easily get into trouble and make poor decisions if you’re intoxicated.
  • Do not use illegal drugs.
  • Never let someone else hold your drink for you or accept a drink from a stranger unless you see the bartender pour it.
  • If you’re drinking on the beach, make sure this is legal.
  • Do not go swimming if you’ve been drinking.
  • Always go home with your friends. Your friends will look out for you and take care of you. The same can’t necessarily be said for the cute guy or girl sending drinks your way all night.
  • Avoid public intoxication. You can be arrested for this.

Traveling can be exciting and fun, but it can also lead to complications. For this reason, you need to use your best judgment. Make sure you are aware of local laws so that you don’t break any. If you have a run-in with the police, make sure you are polite and cooperative, yet assertive. Remember that you don’t have to answer the police’s questions unless you are under arrest.