Safety Tips for Your Graduation Trip
Graduation trips are a rite of passage for many high school and college graduates. Often providing fun memories to last for years to come. Unfamiliar surroundings and potentially risky behaviors can make these trips dangerous, however, making the trip memorable for all the wrong reasons. Whether you’re the graduate or a parent who’s passing along safety tips to your kids, the New Orleans accident lawyers at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys offer the following safety tips:
Commit to Staying in Touch
Give your parents a quick call or text at least once a day. Or, once in the morning and once at night – just to let them know you’re OK. That way, if anything goes wrong, they’ll be aware of it.
There’s safety in numbers, so make sure you stay with your group of friends. Don’t leave to go anywhere else with someone who’s not a part of your group.
Watch Your Drinks
Always get your own drink, and never leave it unattended. And refuse let a stranger buy you a drink.
Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
Even if you’re of legal drinking age, it makes sense to responsibly limit your alcohol consumption on your graduation trip. Too much alcohol can lead you to make uncharacteristically bad – and often dangerous –decisions.
Carry Only What You Need
Leave your passport, extra cash, and credit or debit cards locked in your hotel safe. When you leave your room each day, take only what you’ll need in your wallet so you won’t lose everything if it’s lost or stolen.
Keep Your Information Private
Don’t give personal information to people outside your group. Also, keep the hotel you’re staying at, or where you’re planning to go, private from people you’ve just met.
Trust Your Instincts
If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, seek out a different place. Cross the street to go into a store or another safe, public place, or leave the party, club, or restaurant that you’re at. Just make sure to stick with your group and don’t go off alone.
Research Your Destination
The safety of international destinations can change because of rapidly changing events, such as war or a natural disaster.Check with the State Department’s website as well as for other online travel warnings and alerts before you go.
Learn Local Customs and Laws
If you’re traveling abroad, New Orleans accident lawyers recommend researching local laws and customs that could affect you on your trip. Make sure you understand the laws, including the drinking age, etiquette, and any local customs regarding how you dress or other behaviors. Other countries may have stricter customs than your home country’s, and you don’t want to become a target or run into legal trouble, especially when you’re out of the country.
Think About How You’ll Communicate
If you’re going to a country where you don’t speak the language, prepare by having a list of phrases or using a smartphone app likeTripLingo. It can be helpful to know a few basics that can help you catch a bus, find a hospital, or find your way back to your hotel.
Getting Help from New Orleans Accident Lawyers
If you’ve suffered injury on a graduation trip or other vacation, call the New Orleans accident lawyers at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today at (504) 345-1111. We’re here when you need us – in the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., by phone 24/7, and also anytime via our LiveChat online. Our firm also offers free consultations, so you won’t pay a fee unless we win your case.
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