Tips to Safe Spring Break Travel for College Students

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Students participate in a 'booty shaking' contest at the MTV Beach Bash party put on by Global Groove at the Bahia Mar Hotel during the annual ritual of Spring Break on South Padre Island, Texas. (Credit: Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

Students participate in a ‘booty shaking’ contest at the MTV Beach Bash party put on by Global Groove at the Bahia Mar Hotel during the annual ritual of Spring Break on South Padre Island, Texas. (Credit: Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - With many college students fleeing town for Spring Break, University of Maryland Police have issued these simple reminders of safety to ensure students arrive back safe and sound.

The following tips can be used no matter where your travel plans take you:

  • Leave the party with friends. They’re not having a good time, either.
  • Look up from your phone. Snapchat can wait.
  • See Something, Say Something! No matter where you go this spring break, 911 is the same in all 50 states. If traveling internationally, plan ahead and find out what phone number is used in case of an emergency. You can also visit this website for more information about alerts and warnings for international travel.
  • Save the bingeing for Netflix. Seriously, stop drinking before you forget how much you’ve been drinking.
  • Stay visible after dark. Use lights on your bicycle or wear reflective clothing when out at night. Avoid wearing dark clothing when going out.
  • Go cross-eyed. Look left, right and left again before stepping into the crosswalk.
  • After dark, walk with other and use well-lit paths.
  • Take it with you. Don’t leave property unsecured.
  • Do not carry your name, address, or license on your key ring.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you-Electronic devices that block your hearing or split your attention make it difficult for you to remain vigilant.
  • If you feel you are being followed, contact the police immediately.
  • Don’t advertise your plans on social media.

It’s important for all students to remember, no matter where you travel for spring break — yes, you’re independent of your parents and that’s important — but you’re also in unfamiliar territory. 

Criminals local to the area in which you’re staying, looking to prey upon unsuspecting tourists, may be well aware of that fact.

Have fun, but be safe!

Visit this website for more tips to safe spring break travel.

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