Spring break conjures images of volleyball, sunburns, and all-night parties. When teens plan their spring break adventures, be sure that a talk about safety is on the to-do list. There are many things you can encourage your teen to do to ensure a safe and fun spring break.
If teens are hitting the road, remind them to always buckle up. Drivers should take turns frequently to avoid an accident due to an exhausted driver. Make sure the car has a safety check before the kids take off. If teens are flying, make sure they have all necessary documentation. Establish regular phone check in times and stick to them. Make sure each parent has a detailed itinerary of the travel plans. Always make copies of all travel documents for backup.
Choose a room between floors 2 and 6 to avoid a break-in and make any potential fire exit safer. Urge teens to use the room safe for their valuables, especially travel documents and money. Choose a safe hotel in the center of the action; hotels on the outskirts can be more dangerous with less security.
Remind teens to never let a friend go off alone. Whether it’s the restroom, ATM, or any other spot, teens should always travel in pairs or more.
Be cautious in the sun. Apply sunscreen SPF 15 or higher before going out for the day. Re-apply as needed. Remind teens that the heat can intensify effects of partying. Beach-goers should stay hydrated with water throughout the day. When using any boats or recreation equipment, teens should adhere to all safety rules. Swim only in designated and monitored areas and never alone.
Have an honest discussion with teens regarding alcohol. It is often readily available to underage partiers, especially in foreign countries. Explain the possible consequences of being caught for underage drinking or public intoxication in the city they will be visiting. Provide teens with these safety tips regarding alcohol:
- Stick to bottled drinks that have a set amount of alcohol; mixed drinks can be over-mixed, powerful, and hit all at once
- Always have a designated driver if you plan to go anywhere by car
- Never leave drinks unattended; they can be drugged or tampered with
- Do not leave a party with someone you’ve just met, male or female
- It may seem like everyone is drinking, but it’s okay to be the one who stays sober and gets to remember the party and tell the others about it the next day
- Sipping from a cup of juice or soda can be just as effective for fitting into the social scene; alcohol isn’t required for spring break to be fun
Spring break can be a great time to cut loose and enjoy sunnier weather. If your teen will be traveling for spring break, don’t let the fun start until you’ve discussed and agreed upon the safety issues above. Regional Medical Center wants your teen to have a safe spring break, so visit us online for tips about talking to your teen about sexually transmitted diseases and binge drinking. Regional Medical Center encourages you to share your concerns with your teen to help him or her make smart choices on spring break.