By Abigail Padgett
If collegiate spring break had a motto, I’m pretty sure it would be, “we’re here for a good time, not a long time.” We’ve seen the barstool videos #VivaLaSpringBreak and snapchats of absolute ragers in Cabo, so it’s safe to stay that SB can get ~shambly~ pretty quickly.
So, here are some basic tips to help you survive the week ahead (especially if you’re vacationing abroad). Have fun and be safe!
- Stay hydrated. I feel like this goes without saying, but seriously, just keep a bottle of water with you during the day. You’ll thank yourself later. At night, remember to have a glass of water with dinner or between drinks. Again, you’ll thank yourself in the next morning.
- Wear sunscreen. SUNBURNS DON’T TURN INTO TANS. Also, you don’t want to have the coloring of a lobster and be in extreme pain for the remainder of the break just because you decided not to wear sunscreen the first day. The tan will come. Eventually, I promise, and it will look better if it happens gradually.
- Keep a portable charger on you. Especially if you’re spring breaking outside of the US, it’s really smart idea to have a backup phone charger in your beach bag or equivalent, just in case your phone dies and you need to be in contact with your friends, or you get lost.
- Know where you’re staying. Know the name and address of the apartment/hotel/Airbnb where you’re staying, especially if you’re outside of the US. Again, this is more of a precautionary measure in case things go south. This is also just good common sense.
- Carry cash. As my mom says, “cash is king.” Not all places take credit cards or Venmo, and cash is good for everything. Seriously, everything. Drinks, cabs, you name it.
- Spend your money on experiences, not things. Not saying that material purchases are bad, but allotting the bulk of your spending money on what you can do, rather than what you can get makes for better memories.
- Try something you’ve never done before. You know what I mean!
- Protect your location on social media sites. This isn’t always necessary, but you never know who’s tracking your location. Just be aware.
- Good communication with friends/ buddy system. If you’re in an unfamiliar place or country, let a group of friends or your family know where you are or where you’re going. At night, make sure you stick with another person or remain in contact via phone.
- Be cheap, but not too cheap. Yes, this is college, but just make sure that saving money doesn’t end up causing you harm. If that means that shelling out a little extra on an Airbnb in a better location, do it. It will probably mean spending less on getting from place to place anyway.