Make safe sex part of your 2012 spring break

Elyana Barrera

The main goal of spring break is to kick back, get rid of stress and simply relax. But there’s another goal that’s pretty popular this time of year — finding a spring break fling to get steamy with during that short week of freedom. Whether you’re on a beach, camping or just kicking it back in your hometown, here are some tips on how to make your spring break hookups happen without a hitch.

* It’s the beginning of swimsuit season, and if you happen to get the urge to play some “underwater activities” with your partner, make sure you’ve got a silicon-based lube handy. Unlike water-based lubricants that will wash away underwater, silicon-based lubes are water-resistant and most are also safe to use on latex condoms.

* If you’re going back to your hometown, you may be interested in hooking up with the one from high school that got away. If you’re staying with your parents, though, the last thing you want is to get caught in the act. Know your parents’ and siblings’ schedules and plan accordingly. Or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, revisit places from your childhood with your partner such as old swimming holes or even a backyard treehouse.

* If you happen to be camping with your special someone on private property, try having sex in the daytime outside. The warmth of the sun on your back and the closeness to nature can be a very enjoyable and exciting experience.

* If you’re going somewhere out of the country, chances are that alcoholic drinks will be cheaper and easier to obtain. While you may want a little liquid courage to talk to the fox on the dance floor, remember to pace yourself and always watch your drinks. If you get too sloppy, you’ll probably do something you regret, or you may not remember your night at all.

* While Chris Isaak’s music video for “Wicked Game” made caressing on the beach look especially hot, what it didn’t show was the irritation aftermath caused by sand and friction. Make sure to lay down a towel before you decide to play rough on sandy surfaces.

Whether you’re going to be with your hookup or if you already have a partner, the biggest tip you can get is to always use protection. Don’t forget to pack condoms, and if you’ll be in a secluded area, pack extras. Pick some up from University Health Services on the West Mall today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be giving away free safe spring break kits that include condoms, lube, information on emergency and other spring break necessities.

Printed on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 as: Ensure an enjoyable spring break with these tips for hassle-free sex