11 Tips for Spring Break Safety

Whether you’re hitting the slopes, the beaches, or exploring new places abroad, here are quick tips from travelers and industry experts on getting ready for a safe spring break:

  1. Double-Triple Dare You

    Triple-check your reservations before heading out the door (airplane, hotel, rental car, any other tours or trips). Nothing’s worse than getting to a crowded spring break town and finding that not only is your hotel reservation lost, but everything else is fully booked.

    WHN TIP: Help Your Family Find You in an Emergency

    Leave copies of your trip itinerary and important hotel and resort contact numbers with family or friends so they know how to contact you in case of an emergency.

  2. Hotel Tasks

    When you arrive at your hotel do two things:

    • On your phone, enter the hotel name, address, phone and your room number – in case, late at night, your memory escapes you (for reasons we won't mention here).
    • Take a picture of the hotel entrance so you recognize it later. (Lots of hotels look the same, and there are many named Hilton, Westin, and Holiday Inn.)

  3. Health Check

    Bring your meds and health insurance card – just in case.

    WHN TIP: Copy the ID

    Make a copy of your photo IDs (and passport if you're going overseas) and leave them with a relative or friend. Having copies may speed up the replacement - temporary ID process.

  4. Financial Security

    Bring backup travelers' checks or an emergency credit card in case your purse or wallet is lost or stolen. Keep these backup items in a separate and secure location. (Do NOT bring every credit you have - it's too easy to lose them.)

    WHN READER TIP: Leave the Rings at Home

    Bring travel jewelry so you don't lose the good stuff.

    - Susan, Minnesota

  5. Driving?

    Allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Read the Car Travel section for tips.
  6. Flying?

    Remember the ever-changing carry-on restrictions. Not sure what to pack in your carry-on? Read What's Allowed In Carry-On Luggage for links and ideas.
  7. Headed Overseas, to Mexico, or Canada?

    • Make sure to check out the U.S. State Department’s Consular Information Sheets for country overviews, as well as travel warnings, regarding locations and issues of concern for Americans traveling abroad.
    • Print out or email to yourself and friends the U.S. embassy city contact information for the countries you'll be in - keep this with you at all times. Why? In case you lose your passport or there's an emergency, you may need to find the embassy. Leave a copy or an email of the embassy list with a friend at home for backup.
  8. Safety In Numbers

    Traveling with others? Add each other’s numbers into your cell phones.

  9. What Time Will You Be Back?

    Going out on an errand or walk? Make sure to mention where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

    WHN TIP: Reduce Theft and Risk

    Never leave luggage or personal belongings unattended in a public area.

  10. Get connected.

    Add phone numbers for local taxis and transport services into your phone – just in case you need a lift home at the end of the night.
  11. Have fun!!!

    Updated: 3/2010