Are You Ready For Spring Break?

08 March 2016
Chris Chambers

How to preapre so that a fun week doesn't turn in to a stressful one

Spring Break is right around the corner and that means not worrying about college, relaxing with family and friends, right? Well you are mostly correct, except you may want to take some extra time to make sure you are prepared for where you are going, what you are doing, and anything unexpected that could arise.

The first thing you will want to make sure is in check is your mode(s) of transportation. Are you taking your car? You may want to check all of the fluids in the vehicle such as the oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and so on. Make sure you know how to put on your spare tire. This may save you down the road.  Also checking your tire pressure is a great idea as you may be traveling long distances. A tire gauge  is an essential item for your vehicle. You should be able to find the correct pounds per square inch (PSI) on the side of your tire. You can check your vehicles owner’s manual, however they may not have the same type of tires that came with it from the factory, which can make a difference.

If you are taking a bus, plane, boat, subway, or any other mode of transportation, make sure you have your tickets in line, and that you know your departure times as well as your seat numbers. This is also a good time to figure out what you can take with you. Some airlines charge you for bag checks, and others do not. You may want to check your airline on what their specific baggage policies are.

When you are packing make sure you have all of the appropriate items. Make sure you have the appropriate toiletries. Your friends, and family will appreciate it. If you are flying you may want to check with your airline on what size of liquid containers you can carry on. Also, you may want to pack a little extra. If you are traveling by car and you break down on the side of the road that may extend your trip by one day. I do not believe you would like to be wearing the same cloths from the day before. You may also want to pick up a First Aid kit if you can. Just having a simple small first aid kit is way better than not having one at all. Even just having band aids to take care of the occasional scrap is way better than having to suffer. If you do not feel like making your own, pick up a cheap First Aid kit at Walmart. You are bound to be passing by a store on your way to your destination anyways.

An odd tip I learned the hard way is checking your data usage before you head out. If you are running low on data, most carriers allow the purchase of an additional gigabyte (GB) for as little as $10. This is way cheaper than $15 per every 100 megabytes. You may want to think about how much Snapchatting you will be doing while you are away. While wifi is great, it is not always the best in some hotels. Also you may want to clear out your phone to free up some storage, because you will be taking a lot of videos and photos from where you will be visiting. Also if you can spear spending a little extra, pick up yourself a battery bank. An Anker Astro E3 Ultra 10000 MAH battery is a great choice. It will charge your iPhone 6s 5 times from 0% and it has two usb ports. So you and your friend will have battery all day long.

Also another idea is to get a phone case, while we all hope you do not drop your phone, things happen. Especially while you are on break you may not be in the most ideal of environments. If you want a case that is simple, durable, and one that can survive 100 foot drops on to concrete, OtterBox Defender Series is for you. Yes this will make your phone more bulky, but it will survive everything except for water. If you want the ultimate protection against water, I highly recommend the Lifeproof Fre Series. It is thinner than the Otterbox and fully waterproof.

One last thing you may want to do right as you get to your destination, is develop an emergency plan if your group is separated. Find a central point to meet if something should happen. Even if cell coverage is out this is still a good idea to have in place.

We hope you all have a fun, and safe spring break.