Second semester is in full swing which means a few things: stress is at an alltime high, midterms are taking up your life, and spring break is just around the corner. That’s what you have to keep telling yourself, that is. Personally I still have an entire month before I go on break, and to convert that to college time I have 4 exams and 2 papers before I get the luxury of a one week break.
I am spending this time at home catching up with my family and friends who go to school way too far away. For a while I considered going on a super cool service trip with other students from my school, or visiting my best friend down in Texas. Ultimately I decided that I really needed family time (and to sleep in my own bed) but I am beyond eager to hear about all of the exciting adventures that my friends are going to be having.
But I’m also a bit worried. Spring break in college has a bit of a reputation. You all know what I’m talking about – the combination of an unfamiliar environment, the party all night attitude, and the feeling of invincibility can lead to dangerous situations that nobody wants to be a part of.
With those unfortunate truths in mind, I was beyond excited to work with SABRE to help spread awareness for Spring Break safety. SABRE is an incredible company aimed at educating and advocating for college-aged students by empowering them to take control of their own personal safety. They do this by providing informational content and they distribute personal safety supplies.
Sabre has a set of very important safety guidelines that you should keep in mind always, but especially while on spring break:
1. Party safely. Watch your drink at all times and don’t ever take anything from strangers. Make sure you are with people you trust.
2. Remember that there truly is strength in numbers. Never a leave a friend on their own and keep an eye out for your friends. Always make sure you have emergency cash on-hand and a charged cellphone. You never know when you might need it.
3. Especially if you are traveling internationally or in an unfamiliar place, it is always a good idea to have a business card with your hotel’s address and phone number on-hand. That way, if you ever get separated from a group or need to get back urgently you are always prepared. Also, it is always a good idea to have your personal safety tools with you and readily available. Even if you believe you are going somewhere very safe, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and prepared.
SABRE gave me a few products to carry (but hopefully never have to use!) and let me be completely honest in saying, they give me such an incredible peace of mind. I can walk confidently back to my dorm after a late night run to the Caffeinator without feeling the need to look over my shoulder every two seconds and I feel like now I have the tools to defend myself.
The first product I was received was the SABRE Campus Safety Pepper Gel. Now this isn’t your typical pepper spray – this has a gel formula which means that it is safe to use indoors and it decreases the chance of wind blow back. This also has a 12 foot range so you don’t need to get too close to a potential assailant before starting to defend yourself.
I also got to try out a practice canister which gave me the confidence I need to make sure that I am really prepared should I ever need to spray somebody for real. This works exactly the same as the real pepper gel does, so I highly recommend trying this product out before being in a situation where you might need to use you Campus Safety Pepper Gel for real.
The last item I received was the SABRE Personal Alarm. This tiny little device packs a big punch – despite being the size of my thumb, when activated it releases a siren noise of 110 decibels. To put that in easier to understand terms – this tiny little guy is as loud (if not louder!) than a rock concert. This is not only a great deterrent, but it also draws attention to your situation. The last thing an assailant wants is to get caught – if they think people are going to come investigate they aren’t going to want to stick around.
Sabre offers many products beyond the ones I received – there are door alarms, drink tests, and so much more. You can access the entire list of items available on their parents and students page.
Remember: While you can’t always be in control of what happens to you – you can be in control of how you handle it. It is so important to educate yourself and give yourself the tools needed to stay safe.
Do you have any exciting spring break plans? And what are you going to do to make sure you stay safe? Share your safety tips down below!