America’s love for dogs is getting stronger and stronger. In 2017, there were 89.7 million dogs living in household as pets. Our furry companions make life more joyful. Now that summer is approaching it is time to plan your next road trip with your best friend! With a little bit of planning, patience and a lot of love, your vacation will go smoothly!
- Check with the vet. Since he knows Fido good enough and holds his medical record, he’s the best person to talk to about your plans. You can also consider purchasing an identification microchip for your pet before a road trip. These chips are embedded beneath your dog or cat’s skin and provide your contact information. If Fido does run off, the chances of getting him back will be higher. While you’re at the vet, it is also a good idea to get a record of any vaccinations your pet has received, and any medication that might be needed for the trip.
- Get the right equipment. The two best ways to travel with your pet inside of your car are with harnesses and crates. Check out this list of top performing harness for your dog here.
- Few weeks before the big trip, start taking your pet on short car rides. This way, you can try out your travel equipment and see how great your dog is doing in a moving car.
- Plan wisely your itinerary by looking for dog-friendly-stops. You can use com, a road trip planner that will list all of the dog-friendly hotels, campgrounds, restaurant, activities and more. They also list beaches and off-leashes parks, veterinarians and pet supply stores. Just to give you an idea, experts suggest stopping every two hours to let your pet walk around and relieve itself. Best way to prevent pet accidents and discomfort!
- Pack his belongings! Collar, leash, food, water, bowls, medications, blankets and pillows. Everything to make him feel safe.
+ If you were looking for a pet-friendly new ride, check out the best cars for dogs.
Why is it important to restrain your dog in the car
Unrestrained pets can become missiles, injuring you or your passengers. An 80-pound pet colliding with your seat at 30 mph exerts 2,400 pounds of force. Unrestrained pets can also be ejected into traffic, endangering themselves and other motorists.
On the road
- Some dogs get very excited to be in the car. You know, the jowls and ears flapping in the breeze kind of happiness. Right before hitting the road, take him on a nice walk to relax him.
- Make him feel comfortable and safe. To do so, make sure that his harness is tighten and fits properly.
- Act like usual. Do not use the sad nor apological voice. Stay positive and calm.
- Turn off power windows!
- Try to stop ~ every 2 hours. When stopping, always keep an eye on him and never leave him unattended inside of your car. Many dogs die each year because of heatstroke. More and more places are making it illegal to leave a pet in a hot car. If you leave your pet inside you might come back to a car with a broken window, no pet, and a police officer with handcuffs waiting for you!
- Give him snacks that are high in proteins.
Enjoy your trip 🐶
A German in New York
We are thrilled to introduce Patricia, our international sales manager. Originally from Germany, she moved to New York ten years ago. “I got a scholarship for track and field. The university recruited me for running.” Because spots are in her DNA: “I started running when I was 18.” She was a semi-professional in Germany there and this tells a lot about her personality. She’s very energetic, and a funny person. Which is valuable when you work in sales because a good energy is key to a good communication and building trust: “I have developed great relationships with some of our customers.” Yes. you’ll often hear her talking about soccer games with some of them.
Within the past two years, Patricia has opened many doors. “I moved from NYC to Santa Barbara two years ago to work at resqme. Inc. My work is about maintaining our current business relationships with our existing customers and creating new business opportunities.” To do so, she’s often at tradeshows and makes cold calls on an everyday basis. Moving here also brought a new hobby to her life. She started training for Triathlons, which involves swimming, cycling, and running over various distances. “Mens sana in corpore sano” – “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, is her motto. “Triathlon helped me developed my skills and my awareness. It is tough. You have to deal with obstacles” she says. This meaningful relationship with sports brought more than a routine to her life. “During a race, you do not stop because it hurts. You keep going.” Just like you would do in life! She says that being able to set up goals, focus on them and get there has “so much in common with my job too.”
A product you can trust
What is it like to work for resqme, Inc.? Celebrating two years in the company, Patricia has become an ambassador for the product she believes in. Our car escape tool, the resqme, is carried by more than 4 million drivers worldwide: “the resqme car escape tool saves lives, we save lives with this product, it’s a gracious and amazing circle. The trust that people put into us is so rewarding. I feel that we have a life deal with everyone we sell the tool to.”
At resqme, we are building a community of people who care for each other.
At resqme, Inc., we like to say that we are more than just a company. It is also true with the people who buy our tools, who are more than just customers. We are all building a community of people who care for each other. This enthusiasm for our line of safety products also brings some challenges: “Because the product is so great, we are getting more and more interest and every customer is a priority in its own way.” As she focuses on the Business 2 Business relationships, Patricia also sees an increase of requests from promotional agencies or through bids. “With an imprint on it, the resqme is the right tool to promote safety values! We had orders from the NASA or UNICEF, it is so rewarding to see these big companies or agencies putting their logo on our tools!”
A worldwide future
What’s next for Pat? The opening of resqme Europe, located in France is something she’s looking forward to: “I’m very excited for the opening of our European sister company because it will make it so much easier for our European customers to get our tools!” She’s also looking forward to get there to meet our German partners. “Europe is very central, on a spatial and political scale. We have our part to play to increase everyone’s everyday safety there!” On a personal side, she is training for the Ironman Italy, trying to qualify for the World championship in Kona: “It takes most of my time!” When we look at the 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit, we understand why!
+ Patricia was recently interviewed on a local Santa Barbara TV channel. Watch her demonstrate our tool and go more in details about the mental relationship between sport and life in this video.
We exhibited at the Lifesavers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities is the largest gathering of highway safety professionals in the United States. It brings together a unique combination of public health and safety professionals, researchers, advocates, practitioners and students committed to sharing best practices, research, and policy initiatives that are proven to work.
We had a great time sharing stories, tips and experiences with everyone visiting. Safety behind the wheel is our priority and resqme, Inc. is committed to make the road safer. Together, we can save more lives!
Special thanks to our partners at KidsAndCars, a non-profit organization formed to protect children in and around motor vehicles. You can donate to then when buying a Kids & Cars resqme car escape tool here.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It’s the right time to take a closer look at this prevalent problem and dangerous behavior that claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone. Millions of workers drive or ride in a motor vehicle as part of their jobs. Knowing that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S, the risk is there.
About Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction. Texting is the most alarming one: sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds.
At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Holding a phone in your hands while driving is illegal in many states. Even if other distractions such as eating, putting make-up on, and having a dog sitting in your lap are not illegal, it doesn’t mean that you should still do it.
Keeping workers safe on the road
Distracted driving is a growing risk to workplace safety but both employer and employees can tremendously change the tendency with few easy steps. Companies that have a policy that prohibits any use of the smartphone while the vehicle is in motion (and actively enforce the policy) have seen drops in crash rates in excess of 50%.
Efficient steps for the employer
- Face and address the issue. 400.000 people are injured every year because they were not paying attention to the road. Addressing it gives you an opportunity to establish and enact best practices and be a leader in the community.
- Require workers to pull over in a safe location if they must text, make a call, or look up directions.
- Use health and safety promotion programs to get road safety information to all employees and their families to improve their road safety on and off the job.
- Partner with local and state governments and safety advocacy groups that will help you identify regional safety problems, select solutions, and create real change. You can also organize speeches and conference in the work place with professionals.
- Choose fleet vehicles with advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking. It raises the level of safety for everyone on the road.
The example of Tulsa
While no state has a law prohibiting all cell phone use while driving, employers are putting policies in place banning the use of handheld and hands-free devices. See how the city of Tulsa implemented a total-ban cell phone policy for employees.
Simple steps for the employee
- Take your time driving. The entire object is to keep yourself and your passengers safe on the road.
- Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.
- Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
- Do not manipulate your smartphone while driving your vehicle. If the device is used for music or navigation, it should be programmed before the drive commences. Activate the “Driving mode” on your phone if available.
- Do your multi-tasking outside the car.
- Limit the level of activity inside the car.
How to prevent drowsy driving
Driver fatigue, which may be a result of insufficient sleep, long distances traveled to well sites, and long work shifts, is a factor in some of these crashes. In addition to the loss of life, the average on-the-job fatal crash is estimated to cost employers $671,000. Legal settlements can be even more costly.
- Implement a fatigue management policy and program, and integrate it into your existing health and safety management system.
- Limit the number of hours employees may work and drive per day or trip segment.
- Provide a rested driver to transport workers from remote sites after extended shifts.
- Practice open communication, and check in regularly with drivers to create a culture of caring.
- Make sure workers have an opportunity for sufficient sleep.
- Educate workers about how alcohol and drugs impair driving, and the possible side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Consider using technologies to detect fatigue before driving (such as actigraphs that monitor rest/ activity cycles) and while driving (such as lane departure warning systems). The alertme drowsy driver device is a great safety tool for any driver as it helps prevent accidents caused by falling asleep behind the wheel.
This article is referring to researches and recommendations from:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov)
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (https://www.nhtsa.gov)
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/index.htm)
- The American Automobile Association (https://exchange.aaa.com)
- International Transport forum (itf-oecd.org)
Saying your tires are crucial to the safety and performance of your vehicle is likely one of the understatements of the year. To ensure the four tires on your car stay in great shape, they must be regularly checked and maintained.
With this in mind, here are four tips to help keep your tires as safe as possible and performing at their peak:
- Perform Regular Rotations
Tire rotation is a lot like exercising — it’s something we know we should be doing, but don’t always set enough time. But just like being fit might help us live longer, performing regular tire rotations can extend the life of your tires and vehicle. In general, tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles — and failure to do so can cut the life of your tires in half.
Additionally, most tire manufacturers will not honor warranties if the tires aren’t regularly rotated on schedule. Getting your tires rotated isn’t overly expensive, and some installers will do it for free if you purchased the tires directly from them. But no matter how much you wind up spending, this small investment will come back many times over in the form of extended tire life and vehicle safety.
- Ensure Proper Balancing and Alignment
If you notice one or more of your tires are wearing unevenly, it might be time to have all four balanced and the wheels aligned. According to Exchange.AAA, properly balanced tires last longer, vibrate less and make for a quieter ride. Tires should be balanced when they’re first installed and when a puncture is being fixed. When you purchase new tires, spring for the additional wheel alignment to ensure the tires wear evenly. Then, once you’re on the road, listen for any odd vibrations in the tires; if you hear anything, bring your vehicle in to have the tires rebalanced.
- Check the Air Pressure
To optimize vehicle control, get the best fuel mileage possible and help your tires last as long as possible, they must be properly pressurized. As Tread Wisely notes, be sure to check the air pressure when the tires are cool. You can find the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure located on a sticker inside your car’s door jamb or in the owner’s manual.
Make sure to follow these steps: Remove the valve cap, take a tire gauge and press down on the valve stem of each tire; if the reading is too high, push on the metal stem in the middle of the valve with the tip of a pen to release air. If the reading is too low, immediately add air and then recheck the reading until it’s at the correct level.
- Examine the Treads
Every time you drive, the tread on your tires gradually wears down. Over time, tires can become bald, which increases the chances of it going flat or you being in an accident. To ensure your tires have plenty of life left in them, examine your treads regularly and have a penny or quarter handy.
Brand new tires have a tread depth of around 10/32nds of an inch, which is about 1/3 of an inch. Once the tread wears down to 2/32nds of an inch, your tires are considered legally worn out. To check the depth of your treads, insert a penny into the tire grooves with Abe Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Honest Abe’s head, the tires are at 2/32nds of an inch or less, meaning you should buy new tires right away.
If you do the same trick with a quarter, using George Washington’s noggin as a guide, you can see if your tires have 4/32nds of an inch or more left. This may be the more prudent approach, as you will know when your tires are “almost” worn out as opposed to totally bald and dangerous.
Read more about tire treads here.
Regular maintenance prevents big time tire problems
Proper tire maintenance doesn’t have to be time-consuming. In fact, simply checking all four tires on a regular basis will only take a few minutes, and scheduling regular rotations and checking the air pressures should also be a quick process. By following these easy and important tips — and making tire safety a priority — your tires will last longer and keep you safe on the road.
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Cesar was born in Iguala in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. At 20 years of age, after working on his family’s land, he decided he could do a better job of helping them by being employed in the United States. Accordingly he came to Santa Barbara and started working for resqme, Inc. in 1999. This makes him our longest standing employee!
Cesar is responsible for preparing orders for shipment, and a lot has changed since he was hired! When he started, there were only two safety products on sale and three people working for the company. Now, we offer many products, and have many more people in the company! Seeing the company and the line of products develop has been deeply rewarding to him and he enjoys the variety of his responsibilities. He says: “You are always active! From prepping to wrapping and making sure that every step is correctly fulfilled.” As a committed employee who values our product, customer satisfaction is important to him.
Have a glimpse at Cesar’s prepping skills!
Fun fact: he met the president of the company, Laurent Colasse, on a soccer field! They were team buddies. When he is off work, Cesar loves to play soccer and spend time with his family and friends.
Get to know more about the whole resqme team here.
Holiday celebrations are around the corner and it’s time to shop for our loved ones! Car lovers can be difficult to gift if you are not a race-pilot-in-the-making yourself. We’ve got you covered with this list of new, useful and fun gifts to help your family and friends keep their peace of mind behind the wheel.
Stay updated and organized
- Nowadays, we use our smartphone all the time, on and off road. You gave Mom a sweater last year. And Dad that TV he really needed. But now what? Keep your friends and family company on their commutes with audio books! A nice way to entertain them hour after hour and allow them to catch up with classics or new books. Get an audible gift card here!
- How about a dash cam? They can make recording what you see on the road so much more fun! Choose one with a wide-angle lens and high-definition video so your fellow motorist can share the journey on social media!
- An organizer can be helpful too! Staying organized – especially for busy parents – can be a struggle. Accordingly, a smart storage solution might be helpful. Whether it’s to keep your snacks put, baby’s toys and necessities handy, or keep your automotive essentials in check, an organizer is a great present for your not-so-organized friends.
- The resqme® is a car escape tool made in the USA and the original 2-in-1 emergency device that cuts jammed seatbelts and breaks car side windows. Powerful, yet small enough to be put on a keychain, it is a thoughtful gift for every driver. Spread safety awareness with this gift for life! A great stocking stuffer under $12, get the limited edition tools here.
- When you’re behind the wheel, eyes should be on the road, but this can lead to unexpected dangers behind the car. Every year, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured because a driver backing up didn’t see them. This $250 backup camera system allows drivers to see what’s behind their car at all times so that we can avoid these terrible accidents in the future.
- Do you know anyone who drives late at night or for many hours? The alertme® is a lifesaver electronic device to help prevent accidents caused by falling asleep behind the wheel. It is lightweight and about the size of a Bluetooth earpiece. It works by detecting when the user’s head nods while driving and emits a loud sound to wake the driver up. Get yours here for less than $10!
- A car is made for travel. So let’s go! Planning a successful road trip takes effort, and having the right gear along for the ride can make all the difference. For the adventurers out there, you might think about getting a cooler to bring yummy drinks along. As long as cars don’t feature a built-in fridge, a cooler is the best place to keep drinks cold and enjoy them at the top of the mountain when looking at a great view.
- For your fellow outdoors lovers, what about a sturdy camping tent that can be put on top of the car roof? Because winter landscapes are so worth it, these roof top tents will allow your friends and family to stay high above the cold ground. They also assemble in seconds, which allow more time around the campfire and less time fiddling with tent poles.
Stay stylish 💁
- Cruising in style is essential and here are some great additions to set you up! Decades have come and gone since fluffy dice air-fresheners were all the rage and a new one might just do the trick. Time to invest in something more creative like these $4 bacon slices ones. Even if you don’t own a car, the right bacon-obsessed individual will easily find use for this one. On this website, you can even customize the shape, scent and message of the air-freshener so it makes the perfect personalized gift!
After many years of fundraising and hard work, the new Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex has opened, to honor Ashley’s life and her passion for softball. Thanks to the support of associations, local businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals in Brandon and the surrounding areas, the new softball complex includes four full-sized diamonds and four mini-diamonds for youth ages 4-12, a canteen, and washrooms. Over 500 people attended to celebrate its opening and honor Ashley, who is deeply loved and missed. The opening ceremony included a doubleheader featuring the Dickinson Blue Hawks versus the Mayville Comets.
Ashley’s parents Phil and Bev also constructed a granite memorial monument at the entry of the field in which a portion of Ashley’s ashes will remain. resqme, Inc.’s President Laurent Colasse promised them while he came and visited them in September 2015 that the resqme foundation will show its support for this project by donating the monument.
Eight years ago, Ashley Neufeld, 21, and two of her teammates, Kyrstin Gemar and Afton Williamson went on a late-night stargazing adventure in an SUV crashed into a farm pond in Stark County, North Dakota. Tragically, Ashley and her friends were unable to escape when the car became submerged in water and never returned from their adventure.
The Ashley Neufeld Memorial Fund, was originally founded by Ashley’s family members to make sure that no other parents will lose their child because of a drowning vehicle, so they thought the resqme® tool was a perfect fit for fundraising efforts because of its reliability and commitment to saving lives. Thus, the “Ashley tool” was born—a resqme® device bearing Ashley Neufeld’s name. Since the resqme foundation and the Ashley Neufeld Fund began their partnership, over 7,000 resqme® tools have been sold and over $520,000 has been raised in Ashley’s memory.
Most importantly, the Ashley Neufeld resqme® tool is saving lives and rapidly became the safety symbol for an entire community. The “Ashley resqme® Tool” has already been used in numerous incidents of vehicle entrapment in Ashley’s home of Province of Manitoba and has saved several lives.
We, at the resqme foundation, are grateful to help make a difference in others’ lives by making them safer on and off road. In honor of the eighth anniversary of Ashley’s tragic accident, we hope to continue to raise awareness about car safety and vehicle entrapment.
Find all the pictures of the event here.
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This April, 2017, Enrick Duval celebrated his 15th anniversary at resqme, Inc. Originally from Paris, Enrick moved to California in 2000 after he received a Master’s Degree in business. Since his arrival at resqme, Inc. Enrick has been part of the company’s many changes and important milestones which means he knows a lot about safety and our company’s main product, the resqme® car escape tool. We talked with Enrick to find out what’s behind the compact safety tool that has sold over 4 million items worldwide.
What’s your role in the company?
During my first 10 years at resqme, Inc., I was the Sales and Marketing Manager. 4 ½ years ago, the company went through a major shift in its business model and I was appointed as the Director of Operations. Among my tasks, I am in charge of the coordination of the inventory, production and distribution processes while ensuring the smooth day-to-day business operations. I also keep learning! For 2 years, I went through intensive training with the APICS organization and follow the CPIM program and more recently, I have started my Six Sigma training.
So you were there at the beginning!
Pretty much! Back in 2000, I was working as the Business Service Manager at the French American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles (FACCLA) and at the time, the President of resqme, Inc., Laurent Colasse, was one of the members. In 2001, Laurent Colasse was looking for someone to help develop and grow the sales department. So we met in Santa Barbara and had a lunch at his favorite pizza place! Laurent explained his project but at the time, I had other opportunities in Paris and in Dublin. But things didn’t work out as planned. During that time, I was still in contact with Laurent and when he offered me again the position, I didn’t let the opportunity pass. On April 2002, I moved to Santa Barbara and joined the team. It was meant to be!
Starting from scratch must be an incredible experience. Were you involved in the choice of the company’s name change, the logo, all of that?
Definitely and what a great experience that was! It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago the company was still called with its original name, Innovation Distributing Inc. Back then, we were doing business as NOV8., which stands for “innovate” and we had two main divisions: NOV8 Safety and NOV8 Promo.
Tell me more about the evolution of the company branding.
As the company grew, it was important for us to see how our brand could grow as well in the USA but also worldwide while reflecting our mission statement. The answer was right in front of our eyes and we decided to name the company after our best seller tool, the resqme®.
We worked on creating new designs for the logo. Even the spelling changed! We decided to put everything in lower case with a 3 branches cross. If you pay attention, the “me” is “safe” inside the cross. It was a major and a critical step in our development in getting a global brand. I think that if we would have kept our original company name, our business would have been totally different.
How would it be different?
Promoting a line of products with a company name easily identified and a powerful logo is key. Changing the company name to resqme, Inc. was a good move. Moreover, “resqme” tells a story that people can connect with. Most of our products includes the “me” that leads to consistency and create a sense of adhesion.
What do you like the most at resqme, Inc.?
It’s mainly about the fact that we are not only here to sell something. We have a mission and every day, we are doing our part to make life safer. Since the beginning, I personally feel a strong connection to the products and especially with the resqme® car escape tool and I am convinced that one day people will have the resqme attitude!
The resqme attitude?
Absolutely! Having a good attitude toward safety is key to be ready for the unexpected, don’t just wish for the best! I also think that it is important to increase awareness around you, especially towards your loved ones and friends.
Tell us more about the resqme car escape tool, since this is where it all started.
The resqme is a compact powerful car escape tool with the specific purpose of helping save lives. For me, it is not a gadget! So our goal is to offer a high quality tool with a main purpose. I don’t believe in all those 5-in-1 safety tools that will distract you from the main reason why everybody should have a safety tool like resqme.
I have noticed that a lot of fake copies come with whistles, flashlights or other functions that the resqme doesn’t have.
Yes, that’s correct and actually that’s a choice we made! Companies often like to offer more and more features to a product, so the consumers feel like having it is a good deal. It might be true for some products, but when it comes to safety, I personally think that you need to get the best possible tool that will do the “job” when you need it the most. My two main mottos are, “less is more” and “don’t gamble with your life”. We want to make a real change in the community and keep growing as a professional and reliable safety company.
What would be challenging then?
I would definitely say that it is to keep the integrity of the product, and making sure that nothing can interfere with its quality. It could be from the manufacturing process, the supply chain and all the way to when the people have the product on hand. Our end users MUST have the best experience possible with our products.
Being in the operations, you have to literally think about everything that happens before and after the sale: from the choice of the plastic, to the quality of the blade, the steel, everything. Thanks to my 10-year background in sales, I have a good idea what the sales department is trying to accomplish daily and what ultimately our clients are looking for. This does help a lot. There is no room for approximations, which fits my personality since I have a strict methodology. Voice of the customer is key, so we try to meet their needs as much as possible. We have been selling over half million units per year for the past 8 years: that’s over 4 million people with the resqme on hands. It is rewarding to know that these people are safer with our tool.
Can you think of anything you would do differently?
The team at resqme, Inc., is always coming with new concepts, new ideas and inevitably we end up with too many projects. I wish we had more time to do more for the community.
What makes working at resqme different than working somewhere else?
The company, resqme, Inc. is a very small entity, operating with 15 team members. Working here allows me and everyone else to express their visions and ideas. The resqme attitude, starts right here with all the people working at resqme, Inc. Also, working in Santa Barbara is a blessing! I love it here. As a French American person, I can see that Californians people are very open to other cultures, including food! I am a foodie and love to cook! Here I can find pretty much find everything that I like! Finally, being surrounded by beaches, the Sierra Nevada and beautiful National Parks, I really enjoy traveling with my family and taking photographs of the landscape.
Where do you see yourself in the next years?
I definitely see myself with resqme, Inc. and who knows, for another 15 years! We have some many projects. Like the launch of a new company in France called, resqme Europe, SAS. We are also diversifying and our new project is to soon launch in conjunction with our safety app called “SOS resqme”. This is new and we are all up for the challenge.
Believe it or not, summer is winding down, and it’s time to start thinking about going back to school! To make the transition as easy as possible, we’ve got you covered with a fresh to-do list. We’ve covered it all and are here to help you get ready for a new year of student life.
- Get a fresh haircut. “New start, new you” they say. Why not try something different? You always wanted to rock bangs or a bob haircut but you were never brave enough? There’s no time like the present! Set up an appointment with your favorite hairdresser. And if you end up not liking it, which we highly doubt, it will always grow back!
- Pack wisely. Think twice when packing. Space can be limited when moving from home to attend school. Remember, free time will be at an all-time low so don’t fill it with all those books you have but never got a chance to read. Same for your clothes, only pack what you wear the most and feel confident in. eBay, consignment stores, or better, donate the stuff you don’t wear anymore.
- Invest in things you’ll use again and again. A new laptop, a sturdy back pack, cozy jacket, a top quality set of headphones and an extra phone charger!
- Create a space you love. Everything from wall decals to pillows, picture frames and scented candles, can help make your dorm feel like home.
- Edit your resume. Before getting into a school routine, update your resume. So that the moment when you encounter the perfect side-job to finance your weekends you’ll be ready for hire.
- Pick up a new planner. You might get one for free but it won’t reflect your true self as much as a furry mermaid cover one would. Get some new school supplies, too.
- Try a new activity. Always wanted to try indoor climbing? Check out the Student Activities and Campus Life for clubs and student groups. Experiencing activities outside the classroom is a great way to socialize!
- Stay safe. College can be an incredible and rewarding experience. But as busy as you will be with adjusting to independence, new classes and new friends, don’t forget to stay safe and to maintain awareness. Sadly, at campuses big and small, rural and urban, safety is an issue. During 2015, more than 36 thousand criminal offenses were reported. Always have somebody to walk with after dark. Stay safe off campus as well: ask a friend to walk you home, keep your door locked, and keep a safety device with you. Our defendme personal safety alarm comes with a powerful siren that immediately draws attention to you when needed and it’s ideal for campus students. Pepper spray is also a good option. Get our combo deal here!
- Finally, trust and be yourself. Be confident: it’s time to blossom into your best self and enjoy a great time in your life!