Suzanne Aresco, a travel expert with AAA, talks about some ways to save money on a spring break trip, as well as how to avoid some of the dangers of spring break travel.
Below are some tips from Aresco and AAA:
Spring break safety tips
- AAA advises that travelers always be diligent about their personal security and surroundings. It is all too easy to adopt the “care-free vacation mindset” and forget about personal safety.
- Stay with your group – there really is safety in numbers and you can keep an eye on each other.
- Do not drink and drive – select a designated driver or arrange a safe ride home. Your hotel can generally help arrange a car service or cab.
- Limit alcohol consumption – alcoholic drinks impairs your judgment, making you more susceptible to accidents and crime.
- Leave a copy of your ID and any other formal documentation at home in case it is lost or stolen.
- Remember “311” at the airport for liquid or gel carry-ons: Use only 3-ounce or smaller bottles, place them in a 1-quart clear plastic bag. Visit www.tsa.gov for updates on security procedures and carry-on restrictions.
- Air passengers can carry-on larger amounts of necessary liquids such as prescription medications, or formula and milk when traveling with a baby. These are not required to be in the zip-top bag. If in doubt, put liquids in checked luggage.
- Arrive at the airport early. Heavy travel volumes and more security may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.
- If traveling by car, get a tune up before the trip. Check tire pressure and fluids. Keep an emergency kit in the car with such items as a flashlight, extra batteries, water, kitty litter for traction, blankets, warm clothes and any other items you feel would be necessary in the event of a worst case scenario of being stranded in your vehicle for an extended period of time
- Consider travel insurance to provide coverage in the event of an unexpected illness or interruption to your trip.