Safety tips for Spring Break travelers


POSTED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 10:19pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 6:56pm

In just a few short weeks, Spring Break will be in full swing and many students will be out enjoying nachos, beer, and beaches.

“I really don’t have any plans. I’m going to be working, actually,” said Rocio Gomez, student at UTEP.

“Just going with my family to San Antonio,” said Christy Arroyos, student at UTEP.

“On Spring Break, I usually stay home and I tend to study. I like to try and catch up on things that I’ve been slacking off on, like Calculus,” said Trevor Dasilva, student at UTEP.

Some may not have exciting plans, but every year, many college kids head across the border to party. While there’s nothing wrong with having a good time, the US Department of State wants travelers to stay safe and offer these quick tips:

Leave copies of itinerary and passport data pages with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime. Don’t wear nice clothing or jewelry and don’t carry excessive amounts of money.

Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and let the State Department know your travel plans so they can better help you in an emergency.

UTEP students offered peers some of their own tips.

“Just stick together and have a designated driver. Somebody that you know is going to take care of you,” said Gomez.

“Definitely having that designated driver, that person who is going to be sober, for sure,” said Dasilva.

“Be aware of their surroundings at all times,” said Arroyos.

When you’re ready to leave your party hats and dancing shoes behind, and head back home, US Customs and Border Patrol tells us what you can do to make sure your border experience is quick and smooth.

“It’s important that when they present themselves with an officer, be prepared, have their entry documents ready. If they’re US citizens, their US passport or US passport card. If they’re in a vehicle, all passengers need to be holding their documents. If they’re bringing any documents, have them readily available to declare them,” said CBP officer, Ruben Jauregui .

Excessive drinking before crossing back into the country may not be a good idea. CBP officers advise you to stay alert and be patient through inspection.

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