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