Spring break is a time to get away from school for a whole week (or maybe more) without having to worry about term papers, group projects, and grades. Many of you may be planning on going to a spring break hotspot, such as Key West or Cancun. If you are going on a trip for spring break, be sure to keep these dos and don'ts in mind so you can have an enjoyable time.
DO keep safety first. If you are driving to your spring break destination, be sure to have your car checked to make sure it can go the distance without any trouble. Also, while you are on the road, be sure to switch out drivers so no one gets sleepy while driving. Once you get to your destination, try to always go out with a friend. Remember that there is safety in numbers.
DON'T get arrested. Spring break is a time to have fun and let loose, but you can have fun and let loose without doing anything illegal. To help keep your activities legal, think of how angry your friends would be if they had to use their extra spring break money to bail you out of jail. Not a pretty mental picture.
DO be respectful of others. Even if you think that your hotel is only filled with fellow spring breakers, you never know who could be in the room next door. Try not to make a lot of noise in your hotel room or in the hallways. And don't get into any bar fights; it's just unnecessary and unattractive.
DON'T forget the sunscreen. If you plan on spending any time on the beach or by the pool, you better put on sunscreen. Not only will it help keep you from getting skin cancer, but it will also keep you from looking like a lobster during your trip. Hello SPF 45!
DO take lots of pictures. Spring break is a time to make memories with your friends. Be sure to capture moments with your phone or camera so you will have photos to cherish. Try to have your phone/camera accessible at all times because you never know when a photo op will occur.
DON'T be reckless with your belongings. Always be aware of where you put your wallet, purse, money, credit cards, cell phone, etc. Be especially on guard when you are on the beach or go out to a nightclub. Try not to leave your belongings unsupervised. You never know when someone might try to snatch something when you aren't looking.
DO have fun. You only get to be a young college student once so enjoy it while you can.
Hopefully, these dos and don'ts will help you have a fun, yet safe, spring break trip. Above all else, just try to enjoy your time away from school because it won't be long before you are back to the daily grind of writing papers, taking tests, and reading page after page of college textbooks.