Bed Bug

Spring Break Travel Health and Safety Tips

Thinking of taking a Spring break? Keep in mind some important information to help you return to home safely, recharged and ready for the rest of the season.

Make sure that you:

  • Travel with a reputable travel agency. Know what kind of transportation, housing and food and beverages are included in your travel package.
  • Let your neighbors, friends and relatives where you will be vacationing, when you will depart and when you expect to be back.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and remain in groups.
  • Don’t carry all of your credit or bank cards in your wallet or purse. Carry the minimum amount of cash that you will need, including a small amount for backup. Traveler’s checks can be a good option when on vacation. If you have extra cash, leave it in your hotel room, hidden from sight.
  • Don’t resist if you are robbed — give up any money, jewelry or other valuables and call 911 (or another appropriate emergency number) immediately.
  • Don’t let anyone into your hotel room unless you trust them. Your personal and property safety is significantly compromised by allowing strangers or untrusted persons into your room.
  • Limit alcohol intake. Decision making skills are compromised under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The legal drinking age in the US is 21 years. If traveling to a foreign country, check the local legal drinking age and other applicable laws.

Take the necessary precautions while traveling to avoid picking up bed bugs.

  • Check beds by examining the bed sheets and upper and lower seams of the mattress and box spring, especially along the head of the bed. Check behind the headboard.
  • Elevate suitcases off the floor on a luggage stand, table top or other hard surface and bring large plastic trash bags in which to place your luggage.

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Bedbug bites leave small white to red welts, and itch intensely. If you are exposed:

  • Contain all items suspected of carrying bedbugs in plastic bags until they can be laundered.
  • Upon returning home, transfer all washable clothing directly into the washer and/or dryer. Place clothing and bedding in a dryer on a high temperature setting for 30 minutes.
  • Collect all plastic bags that contained the suspect laundry into clean garbage bags and discard.
  • Your suitcase can either be treated or discarded.

For those leaving vehicles in your driveway, at the airport or on a campus over spring break, make certain that no valuable property is left in plain view.

Have a great and safe spring break!

Sources:
www.tntoday.utk.edu
http://www.interplas.com/trash-bags

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