5 Nuggets of Winter Break Wisdom

December 12, 2023

  1. Keep in touch 

Whether you’re traveling cross-country or to the nearest mall, tell a friend or family member where you’re going and your ETA. And charge your phone before you leave, please. 

  1. Keep prepared

Plan for any traveling you’ll be doing. Check the weather forecast and road conditions. Make sure you have important documents like your ID, plane tickets, and passports before you leave. Also, if you plan to “indulge in holiday spirits” arrange a sober ride home before the fun begins. Don’t drink and drive. 

  1. Keep your cool

The vibe at family gatherings can quickly change from merry and bright to a Grinch-like mood. If the conversation gets heated, take a deep breath. You are in control of your reaction to what you hear, see, and feel. If it all becomes too much, Crisis Services and the Aurora Center are open during winter break.    

  1. Keep your belongings safe

In all of the hustle and bustle, safeguard your things against grabby hands. 

  • Be aware of your surroundings and lock your home and car doors to prevent theft.
  • Plan to be home for package deliveries or schedule a pick-up at the post office if you’ll be away.
  • Make your luggage identifiable by attaching identification tags or brightly colored add-ons. Invest in locks or zip-ties too.
  1. Keep safe online 

During your holiday rest, you may find more time to be online. Stay safe online by being cautious of suspicious links or email scams and monitoring bank accounts after online purchases. Make sure to take breaks from scrolling, too. Your eyes will thank you.