By Yezi Cho |Staff Writer|
Our winter quarter is coming to an end, and with finals around the corner, students anxiously await spring break to escape their stresses.
Some students plan to travel out of state and even out of the country. However, for a safe trip, preparation ahead of time is required.
If you are planning to visit other countries, it would be best to visit their embassies’ website for information on the current status of the country.
These basic tips will help you plan your itinerary for a week long successful spring break trip.
First of all, double check you have your passport, ID, visa, flight ticket and room reservation.
Make sure you always have your passport or ID with you, especially in other countries, your identification is the most important issue.
Second, an emergency contact is needed for staying in touch with your group and loved ones during the trip.
“Have three emergency contacts programmed into [your] speed dialer,” said Larry Kaminer, president of the Personal Safety Group.
In addition, it is important to carry the number of a reliable ground transportation service such as a taxi company.
In case you lose your cell phone, make sure you have your contact information in a separate address book.
Medicine – this is important because if the environment suddenly changes, your body might not adapt to it right away.
In case you get injured or become ill, bring a first-aid kit with your medication and bandages.
However according to coolestspringbreak.com, when you bring them, keep prescription medicines packed in their original bottle or packaging so that the Customs Officer knows what the medicines are.
Bring an itinerary in case the transportation delays cause some problems or unexpected incidents happen.
Check the weather, it could be a game changer.
For example when travelers plan to go to Mexico, the climate of the inland highlands is mostly mild but sharp changes in temperature occur between day and night.
For this daily temperature differences, bring a windbreaker which is comfortable, light and portable instead of heavy clothes.
Lastly, when you travel, keep your guard up. Be aware of strangers and careful of the new environment.
From the destination to finances, fun traveling is aaccomplished by much considerate information.
Based on the information, plan specific details such as where you are going and the hotel you will stay, how many days you will travel and what transportation you will take.
According to travel.state.gov, carry the minimum number of valuables and do not dress in a way that could mark you as a tourist.
Be aware of the countries or states before you visit because regulations or customs might be different than the ones back home.
Besides following these tips, the most important thing to do is kickback, relax and have fun.