Simple Steps for the Best Spring Break Ever By the We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign

Spring break is around the corner, and families everywhere are pulling out the essentials to prepare — whether that’s sunscreen to catch some rays, extra layers to hit the slopes, or getting passports and visas to visit family and friends. To make the most out of their time off, families should do some extra homework to make sure any travel in their spring break plans goes smoothly.

Before finalizing your travel plans and embarking on a spring break journey, review the following checklist of steps to ace your break:

Check travel requirements. Do your research before departing for your travel destination to check if there are any vaccines or medications you will need before your arrival. Some destinations may also have ongoing health risks, such as unsafe tap water, unfamiliar diseases, or public health emergencies. You may want to check in with your health care provider as well before your departure.

Plan for unexpected issues. Consider getting travel insurance and making photocopies of your passport, government ID, and travel tickets to have as a back-up. Do a search to plan how you can access health care facilities at your destination in case of emergency. If you are traveling alone, be sure to designate an emergency contact from home.

Pack accordingly. Prevent illness or discomfort from disrupting your trip by packing sunscreen, weather-suitable clothing, bug repellant, and a water bottle to keep you hydrated. Make sure whatever liquids you pack meet any carry-on bag requirements or make a plan to purchase replacements upon arrival.

Update your COVID-19 protection. Get an updated COVID vaccine if your last dose was before September 2022. COVID can still be spread through crowds and an updated COVID vaccine can restore protection from hospitalization, severe illness, or death. Consider taking several masks with you as well if you will be in large groups or crowded public transportation.

Spring break is a great time to make memories and give your kids a break from the hard work that they’ve put in during the school year. Taking time to plan for a fun and healthy spring break will help you all stay healthy and save hours of headaches and delays if trouble arises.

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