Safe Spring Break Ideas: Sex, Sunscreen, And Safety In Numbers

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Natalie covers the traditional "have a safe spring break" and reminds readers how to enjoy spring break without bringing home any unwanted side effects.

Drinking on the Beach

Photo: Nicky Fernandez (nickyfern on Flickr)

A safe spring break involves more than just sunscreen.

Spring Break starts for us this week and here at Kinsey Confidential, we thought our readers deserved some reminders about how to have a safe and fun spring break.

We have some of the more obvious tips about general health:

  • Wear sunscreen. This should be self explanatory.
  • Watch your alcohol intake. This is a two-fold warning. I’m not going to be silly or naive and say that you should forgo alcohol during Spring Break (unless you already don’t drink, then…this shouldn’t be an issue for you), but there are some things to keep in mind if you do choose to imbibe adult beverages:
    • Take it slow. As tempting as those beer bongs might be, regulating your drinking to a moderate level (taking factors like your gender, weight and food intake into account) can save you in the long run. It’ll help you avoid those hellish hangovers, poor decision making, or worse – serious medical issues if it progresses into alcohol poisoning.
    • Know the liquor laws of your travel destination. It’s pretty safe to assume that the 21+ drinking age applies in the United States. However, if you’re traveling out of the country or to a “dry” county of certain states, legal troubles around alcohol could be even more severe.
  • The buddy system works, use it. Go out with a group of friends and make sure that you guys check in with each other. Have cell phones or some other quick form of communication if something happens. Check in at the end of the night (if friends decide to go home without the group or with someone else) – sometimes a helpful reminder from a friend might mean the difference between a regrettable decision and a much happier morning.
  • Last but not least, we are obligated to mention some sexual health safety tips for Spring Break. Think about your sexual boundaries before you leave for Spring Break. If you want to hook up with someone, fine. Just plan for it first – make sure you bring proection with you on vacation including condoms, dental dams, lube and any other forms of birth control you might use (including your birth control pills – very important!). Discuss those boundaries with you friends – let them know that you want to go home with someone and if you don’t they should remind you of that.

Have fun!

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Natalie Ingraham (M.P.H.)

is a recent graduate of Indiana University and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology at University of California San Francisco.
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