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Spring Break Safety Tips

Sexual Health

  • Remember Coogs Get Consent. If you are engaging in sex with a new partner, respect their choices. Get consent or it’s assault.
  • Use protection! Stop by the UH Wellness office to stock up on FREE condoms, internal condoms, and dental dams.
  • Just because it’s Spring Break doesn’t mean you have to hook up. Make the decisions that work best for you!
  • If you choose to hook up, be safe. Make sure you are capable of getting AND giving consent. That means to watch how much you’re drinking.
  • Talk to your partner about STIs.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, let a friend know and get to a safer place.


  • Aim for one drink or less per hour.
  • Alternate between water and alcoholic drinks.
  • Do not pressure others to “keep up” or drink as much as you.
  • Know what you’re drinking. Make drinks yourself or drink from cans/bottles. If your drink is ever out of your sight, toss it and get a new one.
  • A standard drink is 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz of hard liquor.
  • Use the buddy system. Alternate being the sober one.
  • Have a safe ride plan before drinking. NEVER drink and drive.
  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and how to help.


  • Keep your travel documents safe.
  • Make copies of any travel documents and any plans (e.g. flight confirmation numbers, hotel reservations, etc.).
  • If you are driving, have your car checked beforehand. Make sure you have a spare tire, a jack, and jumper cables.
  • Take your insurance and prescription cards with you.
  • Label “In Case of Emergency” contacts in your phone.
  • Tell your family and friends about your travel plans!


  • Wear sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and bug repellent.
  • If you’re traveling to a cold climate, beware of frostbite. Layer your clothing. If clothes get wet, your risk of frostbite increases).
  • Stay hydrated! If you’re spending time outdoors, make sure to drink plenty of water.

Headed Home?

  • Going home can be a bit of an adjustment. Talk with your family about what rules still apply. Curfew? Chores? Family events or traditions?
  • Be respectful of your family’s rules while under their roof. If you’re worried about your physical or emotional health, consider staying with friends instead.
  • It can be stressful if your family expects you to be the same person you were when you last lived at home. Changing and maturing is a very natural part of college. Be sure to find an outlet for that stress.

Sources: CDC, Department of Health, Texas Tech University, Westchester University