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Office of Health Education and Outreach Programs

Safe Spring Break

Prepare for a safe Spring Break! Don't forget that the Community of C.A.R.E. 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.

Community of C.A.R.E.

  • Our Spring Break aligns with that of many other schools’, and we all may be traveling to similar places. Be a good example, and practice the Community of C.A.R.E. with fellow Bulldogs and other Spring Breakers alike.
  • Traveling on Spring Break makes it easy to meet new people, but swiping right doesn’t always make them "right." Be careful when using Tinder or other social media outlets to meet new people on Spring Break, and remember, friends that you meet out should stay out (of your hotel and/or vehicle.)
  • If you or your friends are choosing to drink, know how alcohol typically affects each of you. If you notice behavior that is out of character, this could be a sign of drugging or over-intoxication.

Transportation & Travel

  • If you're driving to your Spring Break destination, be sure to have at least two people awake at all times, and make the front of the vehicle is a “no phone zone.”
  • Going somewhere new? Familiarize yourself with your surroundings. If you’re going out at night, explore during the daylight beforehand and make a plan for how to get home. Tip: 1-800-TAXICAB will dispatch your call to a local cab company from any U.S. city.
  • Add the name, address, and phone number of your hotel or other lodging to your notes, so you can always find your way back.
  • Make a safety plan. Program the the nearest hospital's number and other emergency information into your phone. Tip: iPhone users can complete the Medical ID section of the Health app (i.e. emergency contact information, medication, allergies, and other medical notes) in case of emergency.
  • 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.
  • Take pictures (front and back) of your credit cards and passports in case they get lost.
  • Taking all of these health and safety precautions doesn’t help if you can’t access your information. Be sure to keep your phone fully charged and take a travel or wall charger with your wherever you go.

Alcohol & Other Drugs

  • Take care of yourself and others, know the signs of alcohol poisoning. If you’re ever unsure about what to do, call the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222. All calls made to poison control are confidential.
  • Recognize that your tolerance for alcohol and other drugs can be affected by the environment that you’re in.
  • Be aware that being in the sun can dehydrate you very quickly! Dehydration is the main contributor to hangovers.
  • Alcohol does not act as a permission slip for sex. Excessive alcohol consumption is often associated with sexual assault.
  • Don’t accept or purchase drugs or other substances from strangers. #StrangerDanger
  • Spring Break has a lot of early mornings and late nights, don’t be tempted to mix uppers and downers. Limit your consumption of caffeine and other drugs with alcohol.


  • Going somewhere sunny?! Lather on the sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure and reapply at least every 2 hours.
  • Sunburns can ruin your vacation, and sunscreen can help! Check out the science behind sunscreen, here.
  • If you do get sunburnt, here’s some tips and tricks to treat it quickly.

Sexual Health

  • 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 choose to have sex, choose to use protection. Grab a handful of condoms at the HRC before you leave campus.
  • Do you know the status of your sexual health? Get yourself tested!