Grad Trip Survival Guide

By Trilby Goouch
Blogs Editor

Reading Week is right around the corner, which for some of you lucky fourth-years means heading down south for Grad Trip. I asked some well-seasoned travellers and those with high school grad trip experience for some tips and tricks to make it a vacation of a lifetime.

To pack:

• Pepto Bismo, non-drowsy Gravol and Immodium.
• Aloe vera, sunscreen lip balm and waterproof mascara
• Condoms
• Theme party swag
• Bubba keg to keep drinks cold
• (Don’t over pack- you’ll be sporting your bathing suit all day).

Tips for once you’ve arrived:

• Ask for extra water in your room.
• Find out where the late night snack bars are early (they can be a trek).
• Sweat it out and go for a run on the beach, or go for a long swim; if you’re antsy for a work out, do some laps in the pool (although this is realistically a write-off week).
• Chug back a few glasses of water before your mid-day nap.
• If you've been pounding all day, don't decide to "just lay on the beach for a few minutes." Two hours later you'll wake up a delirious shade of lobster-red.
• Limit drinking to the hours of noon-3 AM. Those few hours in between are sacred.
• Limit the amount of sugary drinks as these will create killer hangovers.
• Go for vodka sodas for the added hydration.
• Opt for something carb-heavy like pasta for dinner.

Stay safe:

• Come up with a buddy system for after dark to make sure someone keeps tabs of where you are.
• You’ve heard it before: don’t leave your drink unattended.

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