Of course everyone wants to have fun on Spring Break.  Whether you or your child is going, safety should be a top concern.
  1. PREPARE FOR WHAT IF’S – What if the weather delays your flight? What if there is a natural disaster or you get hurt?  If you book through a travel agent, you can contact them if something happens and they will help you.  You should also purchase travel insurance.  Depending on the plan, you could recoup money spent on a cancelled trip, get reimbursed for lost luggage and be covered in case of a medical emergency or evacuation.
  2. BLING – Leave the bling at home.  Don’t bring expensive jewelry or even jewelry that just looks expensive because you’ll be an attractive target for thieves.  Plus you might want to leave other expensive items home that you wouldn’t want to lose or get stolen like ipads or laptops.
  3. COPY, COPY, COPY – Leave a copy of your itinerary, ways to get in touch with you and copies of important documents like your passport with someone staying home.  You should also pack a copy of your passport.  Keep it in a separate place from your actual passport.
  4. STRANGER DANGER – Yes, this is still relevant even though you’re not a toddler.  Don’t go anywhere alone.  Stay with friends you know and trust and don’t tell anyone where you’re staying.  Even if your group is being chaperoned, don’t assume you’re safe (there were SEVERAL chaperones on Natalee Holloway’s trip when she went missing in 2005).
  5. HOTEL – When you check-in, make sure your room door has a peep hole and that the dead bolt and lock work properly.  Check that the room safe works and keep valuables and passport in it.
  6. KNOW YOUR LIMIT – If you drink alcohol, get your drinks from the bartender, don’t leave it unattended, swap it out with water in between drinks and know when to say when.  You should ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings.  Too much alcohol will make you to be disoriented and cause you to lose the ability to identify potential danger.  Although it may help lose inhibitions, you’ll also lose that “gut feeling” that something is wrong.
  7. GETTING AROUND – Get information from your travel agent or hotel on recommended buses, shuttle services or reputable, licensed taxi services.