It’s finally that time of year again – dust off your luggage and get ready for some much needed R&R on spring break!
Spring break is a time to unwind from the stresses of work or school, and to travel to a destination, whether it would be the mountains or beach. No matter the destination that you choose to travel to this year, follow these two important rules:
- Have fun
- Most importantly, be safe
According to a presentation by Middle Tennessee Health Promotion, Health, Wellness & Recreation Center, approximately 1.5 million people go on spring break each year, which means you will be surrounded by a multitude of unfamiliar faces in an unfamiliar destination.
Your friends at Mace Brand and North Coast Defense Academy want you to be safe, so we have gathered our top 6 spring break safety tips to keep you as safe as you can be.
The buddy system
Trust us, it works! Don’t leave a party alone; grab one or two of your friends to have them walk you to wherever you are headed. If for some reason that you do need to leave the party unattended, make sure you inform your friends where you are headed and to give them a call/send a text once you arrive.
Carry pepper spray and/or a personal alarm
Not only will carrying a pepper spray or a personal alarm keep you protected when walking in an unfamiliar place but it will also show that you are prepared and have the right tools to protect yourself.
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Be wary of who you give your information to
You will meet a lot of new and unfamiliar people while on your spring break trip. Be cautious of what their intentions might be and proceed with caution.
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help
There will be security personnel everywhere; at restaurants, the beach, hotels, etc… Utilize them for their help, if necessary.
Finding closest police station to hotel/location
“Often times, specially overseas, police are very unreliable when asked for help in the street,” said Joe Rondon from the Northcoast Defense Academy. “They (police) often ask for cash money upfront before they help you. Doing so at a police station is far more difficult to pull off that stunt."
Finding information about U.S. Embassy, if traveling abroad
“Find out and locate all of the information pertaining to the U.S. Embassy and carry direct phone numbers of individuals from the embassy or consulate,” said Rondon. “In a jam, this is the best way to go."