Spring Break Safety

December 8, 2017

teens in convertible

Whether it is you or the college kids who will be heading out to a warm and sunny location for Spring Break this year, Alliance can help you prepare with some safety tips from the global travel experts at Assist America. This information is good to remember anytime you are traveling.

  • Reserve a hotel room above the first floor but no higher than the sixth floor. Check the location of the nearest fire exits and stairwells in case you need to evacuate. Remember, first floor rooms are easier to break into, and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach.
  • If a safe is provided in your room, use it for any valuables. Keep doors and sliding doors locked, and don’t let anyone into your room unless you know them.
  • Visit the ATM in groups during daylight hours and first make a full 360 degree scan to look for any suspicious activity. While punching in your PIN, use your other hand to cover the keypad.
  • Don’t be a lobster – use at least SPF 15 sunscreen and reapply often. Pay extra attention to ears, nose, face and shoulders. If you are fair skinned, consider adding a hat and avoid exposure during the hottest hours of the sun’s rays. You can burn even when it is cloudy.
  • Sun can maximize the effects of alcohol, so keep this in mind if you decide to party on the beach. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Drinking and driving is always a dangerous situation, so avoid this by pre-planning your designated driver for your outing or take a cab back to the hotel.
  • When you are going out with friends, go home with your friends. That way you can watch out for one another. Be on the lookout for signs of predatory drugs: excessive wooziness, confusion, difficulty standing and slurred speech. If you see these signs, get back to the hotel or to a hospital if the symptoms are severe.

Alliance Members can make one call to Assist America for assistance with any medical emergency you might experience traveling 100 miles or more from home or in another country. Assist America has physicians, nurses and emergency medical technicians on staff and on call 24 hours a day, as well as medically certified, multi-lingual staff. Whenever you make a call, you are assured of immediate expert consultation about the best course of action for your emergency.