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Top 10 Safe Spring Break Tips

  1. Some like it hot! If you’re headed to the tropics, buy bottled water. Don’t have ice in your drinks, brush your teeth with the water or eat raw foods (shellfish, salads).
  2. Always keep an eye on your drinks — date rape drugs are everywhere.
  3. Let It Burn is a song, not a way to treat your skin. Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. Skiing or swimming — melanoma doesn't know the difference.
  4. Don’t drink and drown. Alcohol is involved in the majority of drowning deaths. Drink 4-6 glasses of non-alcoholic drinks each day.
  5. Being footloose and fancy-free in the sand can lead to infection. Cuts from shells or coral can get really infected. Wash any cut very well and clean with peroxide. Bring your own first aid kit and wear light running shoes or sandals.
  6. “Sex on the Beach” isn’t just the name of a drink, but disease isn’t romantic. Water in the vagina can cause infection and sand can harbour bacteria and parasites. Use a blanket and a condom. If you don’t know your partner’s sexual history, consider whether this experience is worth gambling your life.
  7. What you can’t see can hurt you. Swimming at night could make you Jaws bait. Sharks and jellyfish come in to shore at night and you can’t see them.
  8. Set your standards high. Tattooing, body piercing, and buying condoms should be done at home to ensure they meet Canadian safety standards. Make sure you have extra out-of-country medical insurance. Check your student drug plan: Undergrad OPUS  GSS International Students (OHIP equivalent)
  9. Danger can come from more than just moguls and jellyfish! Use hotel safe-deposit boxes and travel in groups. Check that your bank card and phone card can be used and your traveller’s cheques are valid where you’re visiting. Leave copies of your documents at home.
  10. Protect yourself, respect yourself, and we’ll see you back in class!

Some more tips

Safe Spring Break pamphlet

Responsible Drinking

Stress Management

Understanding sexual consent

Student Counselling Centre