Drink water, especially if drinking alcohol. Aim for 64 oz., or about 8 glasses per day. Lighter pee = better hydration.
Use sunscreen. Don't get stuck with a painful sunburn! Apply sunscreen often, especially after being in water, exercising, or sweating heavily. Apply 15 minutes before you go outside, and reapply every two hours.
Prevent mosquito bites.
Take actions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Zika virus. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, stay in places with air conditioning, use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside, and use insect repellents.
BeVocal. Recognize. Choose. Act.
You have the power to prevent high-risk behavior and harm by looking out for others. Potentially harmful situations may take different forms like high-risk drinking, interpersonal violence, thoughts of suicide, or hazing. By recognizing potential harm and choosing to act and respond, you are helping others stay safe and healthy. BeVocal: The Bystander Intervention Initiative of The University of Texas at Austin
Make the call: Call 911 if someone needs help because of alcohol poisoning. Student Amnesty for Alcohol Emergencies allows current UT students to avoid formal University disciplinary action when they call for help for an alcohol-related medical emergency. Learn how to position someone who has passed out from drinking too much, so they will not choke on their vomit.
Don't drink and drive.
There are lots of free apps and sites that use your location to help find a sober, safe ride no matter your spring break locale. Check out the SaferRide app and SoberRides.org website. SaferRide-iTunes store \ SaferRide-Google Play for Androids
Know Your Line. Stay within your limits when drinking to reduce the chance of injury, unprotected sex, or getting separated from friends. Alternate water between alcoholic drinks, and eat before starting to drink or going out. Learn about other ways to Know Your Line this spring break and beyond.
Safe sex every time. If you choose to have sex, use condoms and dental dams to lower your chances of pregnancy and STIs. Remember that consent to sexual activity is an enthusiastic, mutual agreement.
Be informed about emergency contraception. It's possible to prevent pregnancy for a limited time after unprotected sex with emergency contraception.
Reflect on what you've accomplished. Take time to be proud of all the efforts and accomplishments of the first half of your semester. When you are back on campus, download the free Thrive app from the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center that is designed to enhance UT Austin student well-being and help better manage the ups and downs of campus life.
Check the last box on your packing list. Program the UHS Nurse Advice Line into your phone: 512-475-NURSE. When traveling, remember to pack your health insurance card and allergy bracelets.