It seems like everyone is always on the move. Whether it be running errands, going to work or going someplace miles from campus, we all have things to do. With our busy schedules, it often seems as if safety is the last thought on our minds. Of course, while not every dangerous circumstance can be avoided, we can always try to prevent unfortunate situations. Here are some tips on how to stay safe this spring break season, whether your plans are to relax on Florida’s sunny beaches, go home or travel abroad.
Keep track of your valuables and personal items, like your medicine, passport, any identification and debit or credit cards — basically, anything that may be important or contain sensitive information.
It’s better to keep them on you, rather than having them in bags. Some individuals choose to even separate their items, having them in different compartments of their clothing. If you choose to have your items in a bag, make sure to keep it near you at all times. Never leave them unattended.
Be cautious with transportation
Today, transportation is easier than ever, whether it be ride sharing apps, bus tracking sites or online ticket purchase platforms, but it is important to remember that there are ways to keep safe when you’re on wheels.
If requesting a ride on a ride sharing app, always ask the driver who they’re picking up. While the apps may remind us to check the license plate, it’s important to be completely sure the vehicle is one with the company before getting in the car. If taking the public bus, make sure to check the schedule ahead of time to know when and where to go. Finally, in relation to buying a ticket for transit, always be certain the website is legitimate.
Study your surroundings
We hear it all the time — be aware of your surroundings, especially in a crowded place. Keep all five senses focused on what’s going on. Walk with confidence and keep your head up. Body language can determine the difference between being an easy target and being a difficult target. No slumped posture, no dragging your feet and try not to lower your gaze. This suggests vulnerability. Finally, if you feel something’s off about where you are, trust your gut.
Whether it be your friends, family or another safe person, someone you trust needs to know where you’re heading. Call or text someone in advance to let them know your itinerary. Even if it feels like a hassle, you’ll feel safer knowing there’s someone aware of your plans — especially if you’re traveling solo. Make sure to keep emergency contacts. Want to feel extra protected? Download a tracking app, like Life360, that allows others to see where you are.
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