Health Education and Outreach Programs

Prepare for a Safe Spring Break!

Don't forget that the Community of Care can travel from BU to your vacation destination for Spring Break! Make healthy choices, support others in doing so and look out for one another. 

 

  • Going somewhere new? Learn your surroundings and trust your gut! Explore in daylight and make a plan for how to get home if you go out at night.  (Tip: 1-800-Taxicab will dispatch your call to a local cab company from any U.S. city!)
  • Go out and stay out with your trusted friends and travel buddies.  Don't accept drinks from people you do not know. You've heard it before!
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, try drinking a glass of soda or water first. Observe with a clear head what is taking place around you before choosing whether or not to consume alcohol that night. 
  • If you or your friends are choosing to drink, know how alcohol typically affects you.  If you are noticing behavior that is out of character for a friend, this could be a sign that s/he has been drugged or has had too much to drink.  Find a way to leave the situation and stay together.
  • Remember that alcohol does not act as a permission slip for sex. Be aware that excessive alcohol consumption is often associated with sexual assault. Don't make any assumptions about sex. Define your limits and make your intentions known, talk about it!
  • Know that what happens on Spring Break won't necessarily stay on Spring Break if you pick up an STD. If you meet someone and want to get to know them better, consider the consequences moving forward physically. If you choose to have sex, choose to use protection. Do you know the status of your sexual health? Add testing to your list of pre-Spring Break to-do's! 
  • Going somewhere sunny?! Slather on the sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure to allow it to fully bind to the skin. Up to 40% of ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day. Who knew?! Check out this video to learn more about the sun and your skin! 
  • Stay hydrated and limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol. Dehydration is the main contributor of hangover.
  • If you're driving to your Spring Break destination, make sure the driver's seat is a no phone zone!
  • Always carry your health insurance card when traveling in case you need care along the way.  It may save you from having to pay out of pocket and wait for a reimbursement. 

For more spring break safety tips, visit  www.cdc.gov/family/springbreak/.

Pack the Community of Care in your Spring Break suitcase. Take it with you!