9 ways to have a happy, healthy Spring Break

Spring break moments with family and friends are memories that can last a lifetime. We need connection with our loved ones now more than ever. Regardless of what your Spring Break plans entail, be sure to consider the following tips before you go.

1. Plan gatherings mindfully

Who should you invite? Who should you travel with? Should out-of-town visitors stay with you or in a hotel? Surely you are already thinking of these things, but make sure your plans are well communicated in advance.

Discuss your contingency options if someone becomes ill and make sure everyone understands the expectations when gathering together. Keep your whole family safer and get tested before traveling or hosting this year.

2. Stay home if you don’t feel well

When travel plans have been made,  and you just flat-out miss seeing your family and friends, it can be difficult to cancel last-minute. Don’t let these pressures override your desire to keep your family members safe. No matter how difficult it may be, stay home if you are experiencing signs of illness.

Idea: Obviously video conferencing is not the same as being on vacation in person, but you can still make your virtual Spring Break just as memorable. Whatever you do, plan something that makes the best of a tough situation.

3. Practice good hygiene

Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and wear a face mask as often as possible. It’s really that simple.

While some states including Arizona, Florida, and Texas have chosen to roll back their mask requirements, mask wearing is still a critical component of reducing the spread as we continue to make progress against the virus. 

According to a study published in Health Affairs, mask mandates led to a slowdown in the daily case rate, slowed by 0.9 percentage points five days after the mandate was implemented, and slowing to 2 percentage points three weeks later. 

4. Stay rested

The frantic pace of Spring Break travel and the rush to finish those last things before leaving for vacation can take a toll on your body. Make sure you are resting, preferably BEFORE your body starts telling you that you’re getting worn out.

5. Consider community levels

Could you change the location of your family Spring Break this year? It may be wise to evaluate all options and consider the current positivity rates in the areas where your family might be able to gather. Check local positivity rates on the CDC website and make an informed decision.

6. Eat well

Eating healthy while traveling can be a challenge! Find small ways you can incorporate healthy foods into your Spring Break plans – whether it’s eating breakfast at home or choosing a salad over a steak at dinner. Of course, make sure you are drinking enough water if you are traveling somewhere tropical! Check out these 5 immune-boosting foods that are perfect for packing a picnic on the beach.

7. Take precautions while traveling

There are certain benefits and risks to every form of travel. Regardless of what you decide, be sure to wear a mask as often as possible and maintain social distance. If you’re driving, then plan meals, drinks, and stops ahead of time in order to minimize the need to stop. For more information on best practices however you decide to travel, consult the CDC website.

8. Get vaccinated

As of March 17, 2021, over 100 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, with over 71 million people receiving at least one dose. While the White House announced that vaccines won’t be widely available until mid- to late May or early June, you may still be able to get vaccinated before you leave for vacation.

Check your eligibility here.

9. Get tested before AND after traveling

The CDC recommends getting tested 1-3 days before your flight AND 3-5 days after your trip AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days.

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