- 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.
- 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