Spring Break 2018

Dear GW Families,

As your students prepare for spring break, there are a few tips they should keep in mind whether plans involve the beach, mountains or some TLC at home! 

  • If your student is traveling, they should share and confirm their travel itinerary with a family member, including hotel, plane, and rental car reservations. 
  • Research the destination carefully for information on safety, law enforcement, entry/exit requirements, travel warnings, etc. at the U.S. Department of State Website.  
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  This free service allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Do not keep your passports in plain view if you are traveling abroad.  Passports should be kept in the hotel safe or carried with you at all times. You should also keep a copy of your passport and driver’s license in the hotel safe in case your picture ID is lost or stolen.
  • If you are driving, plan your route ahead of time and carry a GPS just in case you need to make a detour.  Stick to major highways and remember a safe Spring Break starts with a good car inspection before you leave.
  • If you are flying, make sure you know how you are getting from the airport to your hotel. Call the hotel or your tour operator ahead of time and ask if they have a free shuttle or if they can recommend a taxi service and get phone numbers.
  • Plan a budget and stick to it.
  • Remember to pack any prescription medication you may need and bring your insurance card.
  • Change your cell phone plan to include international calls and keep important telephone numbers handy at all times. 
  • Use caution with credit cards and be aware of the potential for identity theft.
  • Know the currency of the country you are traveling to and plan accordingly.  Do not bring large bills- keep smaller bills handy for tipping.
  • If you are traveling in a group, stay together or use the buddy system.  Always keep a charged cell phone.
  • Protect your location on social media sites.  Be cautious about revealing personal information and location through status updates, tweets, etc.
  • Avoid underage and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings.  Lock your hotel rooms, be safe on balconies, limit sun exposure, and do not swim alone.
  • Dehydration is a serious concern if you are spending time in the sun and drinking alcohol.  Drink non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages to help replace fluids that your body may be losing.  Warning signs of dehydration include feeling thirsty, dry mouth, weakness, dizziness, headache, and decreased urine output. 
  • Avoid participating in demonstrations and other political activities.  Political activities in other countries can result in detention and/or deportation by officials.  Even demonstrations that are intended to be peaceful can sometimes turn violent.
  • Keep in mind that being in another country means you are bound by the local and country laws as well as the GW Code of Student Conduct.
  • Most of all- BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!

For students staying on campus, the Lerner Health & Wellness Center, Pelham Commons and Higher Grounds, The Vern Express Shuttle will have limited hours of operation.  Please check each office’s website for spring break hours

We wish all GW students a happy, healthy and safe Spring Break. 


Dr. Tracy Arwari
Director, Student Support and Family Engagement