Websites like TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Travelocity are all designed to make planning a vacation a bit easier. TripAdvisor has a wide variety of services, including but not limited to hotels, rental cars, flights and cruises.
After choosing a hotel and booking flights, a lot of planning and packing is left to do. For most people, packing can be a daunting chore. For those who are quick to forget, it can be a great idea to write a list and check it off as you pack.
Numerous videos are on YouTube that will walk you through the packing process and share interesting tips along the way. For example, Alexandra Beuter, a YouTuber with over 245,000 subscribers, suggests turning any delicate
clothing inside out when you are packing to avoid snags and tears.
Once you are packed and ready to go, there is still the matter of reaching your destination.
LaTerria Washington, a Rose State interdisciplinary studies major, plans to spend spring break at a hotel and resort near Branson, Missouri.
Washington had a few tips regarding longer travel times.
“Have a couple of your favorite movies downloaded to keep you busy while you travel,” she said.
“Make sure you have a pre charged battery pack, a compact blanket and neck pillow and some handy cash for any last minute buys.”
Washington also suggested having an extra bag to accommodate for any last-minute purchases, along with an easily accessible water bottle and a few favorite snacks.
Last but not least, Washington said to “just have fun and watch the clouds pass by.”
Avoiding Illness During Spring Break
Travel hygiene is a must if you want to be healthy and happy on your vacation.
Health Sciences Professor Tiffany Herbert said it is pivotal to be aware of your surroundings.
“You just have to be aware of the surfaces that you’re touching,” Herbert said. “You don’t realize how many surfaces you touch and how many people have also touched those surfaces.”
She said even though her favorite piece of advice for staying healthy while traveling is not “mind-boggling,” it is effective.
“Just keep hand sanitizer with you the majority of the time,” she said. “It sometimes works better than actually washing your hands, and it’s a lot easier and more applicable while you’re traveling.”
Herbert suggested not using your hands to touch surfaces as often as possible.
Hopefully, these few pieces of advice will make preparing for Spring Break a breeze. Just remember to
have fun, stay safe and enjoy the well-deserved break.