Megan Ross ’15 – Opinion

Well, another spring has sprung upon us, and with it, another spring break. Through the ages, this iconic week has become known for its nasty habit of inducing impulsive decisions among the teenage species. This spring break can remain forever in your memory as the most wonderful week of your life, or as an unfavorable string of events you’d rather forget. So, before you get stuck with a regrettable tattoo or wake up in a some less-than-tasteful location, take a few bits of advice.

First off, don’t drink the water. Unless of course, you’re completely certain it’s safe. Otherwise, stick with bottled water of a reputable brand. But you already knew that, right?

Second, always stay with a buddy. Another simple one, but its important. Finding yourself alone could mean anything from losing your hotel in a foreign city to being kidnapped into a foreign country. It happens everyday, and who’s to say it can’t happen to you? So make sure you’re always aware of your surroundings and you stay with your group.

For some, just the mention of sunscreen stirs up humiliating childhood memories of their mothers slathering greasy white lotion onto their reluctant faces before a soccer game or a day at the pool. However, sunscreen is a spring break necessity. Make sure to put a coat of at least SPF15 on every few hours, even if you’re trying to get a tan. The sunscreen will allow enough sun through to achieve a balmy glow, but it will protect you from burning, or worse, sun poisoning.

Another aspect of spring break is alcohol consumption. The safest option is to simply refrain from drinking. However, in Mexico and other foreign countries, it’s legal for adults 18 and older to consume alcoholic beverages. If you plan on drinking, make sure you know your limits and do not cross them. Pay attention to your body’s signals. The last thing you want is to be stuck in your hotel room with alcohol poisoning on your vacation. Remember one hint that may be helpful in gauging your consumption: one beer has the same amount of alcohol as one glass of table wine or one shot of hard liquor. Do not take drinks from strangers, and make sure you keep your drink covered at all times. If you start to feel like you’re losing control of yourself, just stop drinking. Nothing wrong with a little self-control! You can have just as much fun with or alcohol.

The contents of your purse and wallet can play a big part in your spring break safety as well. Your passport, identification, and emergency contact information are all must-haves whenever you leave the country. Keep careful track of your money and make sure you always have a few bucks in case of emergency, and if you’ll be needing any over-the-counter medications during your trip, make sure you bring them from home.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to return home in one piece with skin unscathed by any eccentric tattoos. Live in the moment, but make sure they’re moments you’ll be able to live with later on. There’s just one more thing you need to remember: have fun! Oh, and don’t talk to strangers!

Picture and graphic by Megan Ross ’15

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