Whether you’re hitting the slopes, the beaches, or exploring new places abroad, here are quick tips from travelers and travel industry experts to help you prepare for a safe and exciting 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 contact numbers with family or friends at home so that they know how to contact you in case of an emergency.
2) Health Check
Make sure to bring along your meds and health insurance card – just in case.
3) Financial Security
Bring along backup traveler’s checks or credit cards, in case your purse or wallet gets lost or stolen. Keep these backup items in a separate and secure location.
4) Keep It Safe
Leave all your valuables and jewelry at home or at school (are you really going to use your iPod/laptop/video game system while you’re sightseeing and soaking up the sun?).
WHN TIP: Reduce Theft and Risk
Reduce your risk of theft: Never leave your luggage or personal belongings unattended in a public area.
Allow yourself plenty of time to get there. Read our Car Travel section for more quick safety tips.
Remember, there are new carry-on restrictions for air travel. Not sure what to pack in your carry-on? Read What’s Allowed In Your Carry-On Luggage.
7) Headed overseas?
- 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 the U.S. embassy city contact information for the countries you’ll be in – keep this list 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 of the embassy list with a friend for backup.
WHN READER TIP: Leave the Rings at Home
My husband and I have ‘travel wedding rings’ we take with us so we don’t lose ours – which we’ve come close to doing in the ocean a few times! - Susan, Minnesota
8) Safety In Numbers
Travel with others and stick together: program each other’s numbers into your cell phones.
- Going out on an errand or walk? Make sure to mention where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
9) Plan ahead.
Before you head out the door to hit the town, program the phone numbers for local taxis and transport services into your cell phone – just in case you need a lift home at the end of the night.
- Also, program in the phone number, address and room number for your hotel – in case your memory escapes you.
10) Have fun!!!