Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no better time than the change of seasons to go on a holiday. With spring break quickly approaching, many people feel the urge to travel to a sunny location for health and wellness purposes. Even if you’re no longer in school, “spring break” is a great way to rejuvenate and refresh yourself after cold long winter days. Travel can be a stressful proposition for many people, and this is the exact opposite purpose of spring break. Here are a few suggestions for relaxing enjoyably and safely over spring break.


Pack appropriately:

There’s nothing quite as annoying as reaching your destination only to find you’ve left behind some essentials, or forgotten to pack for certain activities. To avoid this, make a detailed packing list before starting to pack. Be practical and prepared — carry gear for any situation you envision. For example, even though you may be heading to a sunny spot, packing one sweater or cardigan is a good idea in case nights get chilly due to a sudden change in weather. Always carry an extra pair of sandals for beach, poolside and shower settings; roaming around barefoot isn’t the most sanitary in locations prone to crowds and therefore germs, and it would be a complete downer to have your poolside tanning sessions ruined by unwanted foot fungus. Even though these are things you might not think of while packing for a relaxed and laid back spring break, it’s important to pack with care so you can avoid unpleasant situations during your trip. Keep your destination, activities and weather in mind, and remember, since you won’t be near home, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  


Get Travel Insurance:

Holiday cheer can be easily ruined by having to foot a bill due to unfortunate emergency situations. That’s where travel insurance comes in. Travel insurance is especially important for international travel so if you plan to spend your spring break overseas, don’t think twice about it. A lot of people think travel insurance is simply coverage in the event of a medical emergency, and choose to forgo purchasing it, relying on their good health. While it does cover medical emergencies, travel insurance is useful for so much more.  For example, wouldn’t you want coverage for food and accommodation due to unexpected flight delays, missed connections, or a cancelled flight? Travel insurance helps cover what would have otherwise been out-of-pocket expenses in these situations, even assisting with loss of luggage problems. Opting for travel insurance over spring break will help prevent future headaches, and allow you to travel without worry when it comes to unexpected situations. If you have a chronic illness or are planning a trip that involves some serious physical activity, you could even opt for medical travel insurance. This type of insurance is a great option if you’re doing some adventure travel or know you might end up with foreign medical bills.


Write Down Trip Details:

Being organized never hurt anybody; in fact, a little extra organization goes a long way. Physically writing down trip details can save you in an emergency situation. Write down all contact numbers of your spring break buddies, contact details of any local friends or family you might have, hotel details and information, and of course, local emergency numbers. In the event you lose your phone or can’t access it, having information written down will come in handy. You should also create a spring break itinerary. Make a list of local attractions you’d like to see and restaurants you’d like to visit. Having researched these in advance will save you time when deciding what to do on a particular day. Even if you’re the type that enjoys a more spontaneous, go-with-the-flow sort of holiday, a rough itinerary outlining your basic agenda will help keep your mind from worrying about what to do next. As we’ve mentioned before, making a rough schedule lessens the chance of stress creeping into your life.


Follow Safe Practices:

Spring break is often seen as a time to kick up your heels and be free. But even letting loose should have its boundaries. Make sure to follow safe practices while traveling especially in terms of hygiene. Often, sunny tropical locations pose a higher risk of contracting disease due to weather. If you’re traveling overseas, stick to bottled water and avoid salads that may have been rinsed in tap water. Be prepared and have all necessary vaccinations and medical requirements in order. Hepatitis C can be a travel hazard, so it is important to make sure any tattoos, medical care, or sexual activity while traveling is conducted as safely and sterilely as possible. In general, be extra careful to follow everyday hygiene rules like washing your hands with soap and sanitizer before eating, and not sit on public and shared toilet seats.


Make the most of your holiday by following these simple practices. Remember, spring break is a time for renewal, so use these tips to ensure a worry-free vacation for you and your loved ones.


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