Spring Break COVID-19 Safety Tips

Published March 1, 2022
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Help Your Campus Community Plan for a Safe Spring Break

Spring break is right around the corner! Over the next few weeks, many students (and faculty and staff members, too!) will be planning spring break trips. Help your campus community stay healthy by sharing the tips and social media content below.

Tips to Share with Students, Faculty, and Staff

Share the following tips to help your students, faculty, and staff stay healthy. You can copy and paste the content below into your own communication materials (like emails, campus news articles, and blog posts).

Plan Ahead for a Safe Spring Break

The countdown to spring break is on! It’s your time to relax and take a break from all the stress of a busy semester. If you’re traveling this year, there are some simple steps you can take to help protect yourself from COVID-19 — and make the most of your trip.

Check your destination

Still planning your trip? You might want to think about COVID-19 risks as you decide where to go. If you travel to an area that has a lot of COVID-19 cases, you’ll have a higher chance of getting sick.

If you’re planning an international trip, check out CDC’s travel recommendations. Or if you’re traveling within the United States, you can use the COVID Act Now map to get a feel for the COVID-19 situation in other states and counties.

Check in with your travel partners

When you’re traveling during the pandemic, it’s especially important to check in with your travel partners and make sure everyone is on the same page. A quick conversation now can save you time (and help you avoid drama!) later. Here are a few things you may want to talk about:

  • COVID-19 policies at your destination. Some cities and states require everyone to wear masks in public places. Restaurants and tourist attractions may have their own rules about masks. And some places (especially international destinations) may require everyone to show a COVID-19 vaccine card or a negative test.
  • COVID-19 safety boundaries. Even close friends may have different ideas about what activities feel safe or comfortable during the pandemic. For example, one person might feel comfortable going to a bar, while another might prefer outdoor hangouts. By talking through those preferences ahead of time, you can plan activities that everyone feels good about.
  • What to do if someone gets sick. Keep in mind that if someone tests positive for COVID-19 while you’re traveling, you may have to stay at your destination for longer than you planned. That could mean changing your flights and spending extra nights in a hotel. And be sure to save emergency contacts in your phone — including your doctor or the campus health center.

Remember to pack these must-have items:


  • Masks. Everyone needs to wear a mask on airplanes, trains, and buses — and in airports and public transit stations. And you may want to wear a mask in crowded places, like bars and shopping malls, too. Pack some extra masks just in case you lose one during a night out.
  • COVID-19 tests. Bring a few rapid self-tests with you in case someone starts feeling sick during your trip.
  • Hand sanitizer. When you’re grabbing a quick bite to eat and there’s no place to wash your hands, using hand sanitizer can help you stay healthy.
  • Proof of vaccination. Some destinations may ask to see proof that you’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine. For many U.S. tourist attractions, your COVID-19 vaccination card is all you need, but some places may require other documents. Check the rules for your destination before you travel.

Social Media Content to Share with Students, Faculty, and Staff

You can post this content on your campus social media accounts to help students, faculty, and staff stay healthy over spring break.

Facebook and Instagram Post

Planning a spring break trip? Don’t forget to pack these must-have items:
[checkmark emoji] Masks
[checkmark emoji] COVID-19 rapid self-tests
[checkmark emoji] Hand sanitizer
[checkmark emoji] Proof of vaccination 

Twitter Post

Planning a #SpringBreak trip? Don’t forget to pack these must-have items:
[checkmark emoji] Masks
[checkmark emoji] #COVID19 rapid self-tests
[checkmark emoji] Hand sanitizer
[checkmark emoji] Proof of vaccination

Images for Sharing

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