Traveling with friends during spring break can be an exciting and memorable experience if planned correctly and done safely. The following tips can help even the most seasoned spring breaker turn their travels into a safe, fun vacation they’ll never forget!
1. Plan, Plan, Plan, if You Can
The saying goes that "failing to plan is planning to fail." Jumping into someone’s car last minute to head down to the beach for a few days sounds fun, but may turn into a disaster due to lack of planning. Make sure when planning for spring break that you know how you’re getting there, how you’re getting back, and everything in between. You don’t want to get to your destination and forget something, be stranded, have an accident, or experience an expensive hiccup just because you didn't know the details.
The more concrete your spring break plans are, the more knowledgeable you will be about where you’re headed, and the less likely you are to get lost or run out of money while there.
2. Spend Some Time, Save Some Money
If traveling in a group, creating a trip itinerary can help all the group members know every trip detail they otherwise may have forgotten along the way. Also, keep in mind that there may be discounts and group deals available to help save you money. Taking a few extra minutes to look for deals can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run, and could even mean staying in a nicer room or doing a little pre-trip shopping!
3. Pack Smart
After the planning is complete, it’s time to pack! For some, this is an exciting way to build anticipation. For most, it’s a drag. Not sure where to start? Check the weather forecast to help narrow down what types of clothing to bring and what to leave at home. Then pack clothes according to what activities you will be doing on your trip. If you plan on going on a hike or tour, only bringing flip-flops could become a problem.
Be sure not to pack too much though. Over packing can not only be a pain to lug around on your trip but also can become expensive with airline luggage restrictions. If flying, make sure to check your selected airline’s luggage rules and restrictions to avoid fees at the airport.
For more information on how to pack, check out some of our best packing tips and our luggage policy.
4. Bring IDs and Other Paperwork
When all the packing is done, collect all your last minute documents and details. This includes the proper identification for your travels according to where your destination may be and information on how you’re getting there.
If you’re traveling out of the country, bring along your passport and an extra copy just in case the real thing gets misplaced during your trip. If you’re planning to drive, make sure all registration and insurance for the car is up to date and the proper paperwork is stored safely inside the car.
Going over these small but important details can avoid big bumps in the road during your trip.
5. Make Safety a Priority
Lastly, the most important tip for spring break travelers is to take the time to keep you and your friends safe. Spring break hot spots also attract people looking to take advantage of the relaxed (and sometimes careless) attitudes of those looking to have a good time. It doesn't matter how much time you put into planning or how great a trip you had, if something happens to you or one of your friends.
Spring break trips create memories that last a lifetime, so take responsibility for yourself and your travel companions to make sure everyone has the best time possible and returns home safe and sound. Make sure to share everyone’s phone numbers among the group, check in with each other frequently, travel in groups, and never leave a group member behind.
For more tips on how to stay safe on spring break visit Safespringbreak.org.
Bonus Tip: Try Not to Become an Internet Meme
Remember what happens in Vegas, Cabo, or wherever you may be headed, doesn't always stay there.
Be careful about what you do, or at least about what you’re photographed doing, because your friends may share something embarrassing on the web. Even your grandma is online now, and there’s no telling what could connect your spring break memories to her Facebook newsfeed. For some great tips on how to handle your Facebook profile (and other social media accounts) both during and after the trip, check out these spring break Facebook Do's and Don'ts.
Whether this is your first big spring break trip or your last before graduation and the “Real World,” we hope you have fun and create fun memories you can look back on and remember forever!
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