Spring Break~ If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Hard to believe it’s already time for spring break, unless of course you’re a student. For all travelers, the skies are about to get a little more interesting.  For the inexperienced traveler, or first time spring breaker, I’m offering a list of spring break travel tips to help with the preparation process, and guide you through the travel experience ahead.  It’s not only the destination that matters. With a little preparation and trip planning, your journey will be an enjoyable one. Now, let’s prepare to get this party started !                         


Martha’s Travel Tips, Spring Break 2010                        

1. Wait!  That’s it. The first rule I mean. Wait until you actually get there before the real party starts. Don’t worry. Spring Break isn’t going anywhere. Yes, it will be there when you arrive. No need to get hammered prior to boarding your flight. Specially now, since we’ve had some recent incidences of passengers being to high to fly, and doing really dumb things. The ‘pants off ‘ dude who claimed he OD’d on marijuana cookies, comes to mind. Another guy kept his pants on in flight, but tried to open the door.                        

2. Be Prepared!   You may have limited travel experience, or not thinking clearly as you prepare for the trip. Some items are more obvious, like sun screen and condoms. There are a few things that are easily left behind:                        

– a. Phone charger – for a student on Spring Break, a replacement will cost a fortune.                        

– b. Power cords for laptops and other electronics                        

– c. Photo I.D.  – you’ve got to get into the clubs, right? Keep passport and D.L (or other photo I.d.) safe, but handy, as you will need to show identification at the airports.                        

– d. Credit card.   If that’s not a reality, turn the bulk of your cash into a VISA (or other) gift card. Two cards, keeping one with a lesser amount in a safe place for emergency use only.                        

3. Make copies of passport, D.L., photo i.d., credit cards, and important phone numbers. Keep these copies in a safe place. You’ll need the information and numbers should your wallet, purse, or phone disappear.                        

4. Speed through security efficiently with smaller travel-wize containers for carry-on liquids. Travel size products can be purchased ahead of time, or squeeze your own liquids into re-useable refillable containers.                        

*From the TSA website: 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear,plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.                        

5. Pack your laptop separately in your carry-on. Have it handy for removal at security. Laptops must be removed from luggage and placed through security screening in a separate bin. Remember to take it with you after screening!                        

6. Layer clothing. Even if you’re headed to a warm climate, wear layers for the journey. Most airlines have eliminated blankets and pillows in economy class cabins.                        

7. For travel, wear shoes that are easily removed for the security screening process. Think twice about flip-flops or sandals for the flight.                        

8. Skip the metal jewelry, belt buckles, and nipple piercing. Pack these items in luggage instead.                        

9. Prepare snacks and food items for the flight. Know if your carrier offers meals, or if you’re able to buy food items in-flight.                        

10. If going out of the country, do not plan on drinking your own stash of duty-free liquor during the flight. That’s a big NO-NO.                        

11. Say hello, and smile at your Flight Attendants. They truly want you to safely enjoy yourself.              

12. Check in with the parents. They worry.   

For more travel/airport information, check Martha’s “Fly Smart” box —– >                        

Listen, As stated in my intro, I’m a ‘seasoned’ flight attendant. I’ve experienced all four (seasons) more times than I’d like to remember. I’ve had ‘spring’ breaks, my own personal ‘summers‘, ‘fallen’ off the wagon (twice). I even had Jonathan ‘Winters‘! If you’re a student reading this, you probably don’t even know who Jonathan Winters is. That’s not important now. Yes, it was a long time ago, and we were very drunk. But that’s not important either. What I’m saying is, I’ve had lots of ‘experiences’ with the “party like it’s 1999” thing. Oh, that was good! The 1999 parties I mean. Let me tell you, that year is nearly a complete blackout! Where was I?  Oh yes, I know the good times, and the bad. The ups and downs. The in’s and out’s. The pretty, the ugly, and the pretty ugly. Yes, you are young. But you are not invincible. Understand that bad things can happen during the best of times. Be careful while having fun. Don’t get arrested. And do come back in one piece. and with most of the brain cells you left with. And if you see Jonathan Winters coming at you wearing nothing but a sombrero, RUN!   ~ Martha                        

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