Imagine being in college and then a snowstorm comes up and you cancel your winter break. No worries; there is some quick and easy Winter Break Survival Tips for College Students that you can follow to prepare yourself for the worse. The worst? Being trapped in a huge building during a blizzard and having to spend days without heat or electricity. Yes, this is possible and if you follow my steps, you could be rescued.
You should have an emergency exit plan in place before you leave for your break. This may mean leaving the building’s front door unlocked or it may mean calling your college’s security staff and requesting an emergency ride home. If your plan involves locking the front door, make sure you use a key with a non-confirm lock. Don’t rely on guessing to unlock your door!
Next, if possible, find a neighbor or a friend that lives in your building to go with you. Having a second pair of hands during this time can mean the difference between life and death. If you do not have a friend or neighbor, you should buy a winter jacket that you can wear to campus and then bring it with you in case you get separated from your group. It may not be much but it will keep you warm and dry.
A flashlight with rechargeable batteries is also important. You never know when you may need them. Also, bring along a can of compressed air and a couple of flashlights. Flashlights are an important tool during a disaster because they can light the way. I am sure there were many times that flashlights are used to light the way during hurricanes or blizzards. Even if a flashlight won’t light the way, at least it will keep you warm.
Your body needs water to survive and stay healthy. I suggest buying a couple of gallon jugs of water each. These jugs should be stored in a watertight sack in a place that is out of the way. Bring along a bottle of drinking water as well. It can really help in case you run out of water in the wilderness.
If you are hiking, you may need a map and compass. I suggest that you bring along a GPS unit as well. Make sure that your compass is accurate and up-to-date. You may lose the way. In that case, a GPS will help you find your way back.
Make sure that you carry some food and supplies that you may not use all of the time. This means canned food and/or a can of freeze dried food. If you have some dry food, make sure that you store them in a sealed container. Be sure to bring along some sugar and salt. If you have a can of fruit, buy some ice cream and bring some yogurt with you as well.
You will definitely need some food and/or power to get you through to your next winter break survival tip! In order to do this, you must think about where you are going to eat. Is it a place that has electricity? Or is it a place that you have to pay a lot of money to get into?
Most likely, if you have a car, you will be able to come up with your own winter break survival tips. However, if there is no gas, you will be able to rent some from the local gas station. It will also help if you have a spare tire that you can use for the drive home. Also, if you can, find a good location to park your car and create a back-up spot in case of rain or snow.
Do not forget to bring some form of communication device. It may not be as necessary as food and water, but it is still something to consider. For instance, bring along a walkie-talkie so that you can communicate with others in case of an emergency. You may also want to bring a can of bear pepper spray. That may not be needed on the beach, but when you are surrounded by people you cannot always tell who is friend and who is foe.
One of the worst mistakes that people make when going on a winter break is that they eat poorly. When you go to a vacation, you should be enjoying yourself and not thinking about your next meal. If you are, you will likely not think about what you may have eaten or drank while you were there. The best survival skills for a vacation are to enjoy yourself and take care of yourself, then follow some of these winter break survival tips to ensure your safety.