The University Health Center offers the following tips to help you make educated decisions while on spring break.

On the Road:

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  • Driving without enough sleep has hazardous effects, such as:
    • 19 – 24 hours of continued wakefulness = BAC of 0.08%
    • Slowed reaction time
    • Judgment errors
  • Switch drivers often.
  • Do not text and drive.
  • Make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt.
  • Drinking and driving don't mix.
  • Observe speed limits.

In the Sun:

  • Apply waterproof sunscreen (SPF of 15 or higher) and lip balm liberally.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before exposure and reapply often.
  • Avoid over exposure-limit your time in the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water.

On the Slopes:

  • Wear lightweight clothing that is water and wind resistant.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and gloves.

Condom Sense:

  • Condoms help prevent pregnancy and protect against most sexually transmitted infections.
  • Condoms are available in different shapes and sizes, a better fit is more effective.
  • Condom must be on before beginning any sexual contact.
  • Carefully tear along the edge of the package and remove the condom.
  • Use a new condom for every act of intercourse.
  • Use a water or silicone-based lubricant for increased sensation and effectiveness.
  • Check the expiration date on the package before use.
  • Alcohol and other drugs can impair your ability to use a condom.

Personal Safety:

  • Never go out alone or leave a safe place with strangers. Stick with friends you know and trust.
  • Leave your parents or another trusted adult with a copy of your location and itinerary.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts if you feel that something is amiss.
  • Carefully consider what information or photos you are posting on Facebook/Twitter.

Drink Responsibly:

  • Know the alcohol laws at your destination.
  • Set a limit before you go out and stick to it!
  • Keep hydrated! Drink water.
  • Don't drink it if you didn't see it mixed or poured.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Before you go out, designate a sober driver.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control Spring Break Health and Safety Tips.