Advice On How To Travel Safely In The Wake Of Covid-19
2020: What a year it has been!
Thanks to the pandemic, our lives have been upended in all kinds of ways.
Some of us have been forced out of work. Many of us have had to make cutbacks on our spending. And we have all been made to spend more time at home.
To add to the misery, many of us have had to make changes to our vacation plans. Thanks to flight cancellations and global travel restrictions, we have had to postpone our trips away.
Thankfully, life is slowly getting easier. Many of us have been able to get back to work. Some local restrictions have been lifted. And for those countries where it is possible, restrictions on travel have also been eased. As a result, we are now able to save money again, and we might be able to book a flight away or take a road trip. Hoorah!
Still, common sense must always prevail, as we aren’t out of the water yet. Restrictions are being lifted but the outbreak the world has experienced is far from over. So, if you’re thinking about traveling before the year is out, you need to put safety first on your travels. In the wake of COVID-19, there are a few things you need to consider.
Here is our advice on traveling safely.
#1: Follow The Advice Given By The CDC
The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) have recommended the steps we need to take when we’re on our travels. They have advised us to:
- Maintain a distance of 2 meters from other people.
- Avoid crowds of people
- Clean our hands often
- Wear a cloth face covering
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching our eyes, mouth, and nose
Of course, these are the steps we have all become accustomed to over the last few months, so they will be of no surprise to you. Still, there have been reports of people flocking to beaches and taking little notice of social distancing rules, and many people still refuse to wear a mask when near others, so not everybody will be as careful as you are. Take the necessary precautions then to keep yourself and others safe, and where possible, try to avoid crowds of people. Airlines are putting precautions in place, and hotels are too. But it’s good old-fashioned common sense that will save lives, so be sensible, and follow the steps suggested by the CDC.
#2: Commit to research
Restrictions vary state by state, and they are changing all the time. So, before you travel, research what you can to keep yourself safe.
So, thinking about air travel, you might want to check on global travel restrictions at the Air Charter Service website. They offer advice on what countries you can and can’t visit, and they offer other useful flight and travel advice, such as how to fly from California during COVID.
You should also consider the countries that you are allowed to travel to. Check their local health department websites for specific advice, as there may be new rules that you need to follow.
And when planning your travel itinerary, research the information you need to stay safe at the venues you intend to visit. Be it a zoo, theme park, beachside resort, or some other place besides, find out about the safety measures that have been put in place. If you discover that there has been little attempt to keep visitors safe, make alternative plans when you’re working on your travel schedule.
#3: Make a packing list
Of course, you will be making a packing list anyway, but for the time being, there are extra items that you will need to carry with you. Admittedly, you are probably going to need extra luggage, although you could always use these tips on packing light to limit the number of non-essentials you take with you.
In the wake of COVID-19, these are the extra items you should take with on your travels.
- Cloth face masks
- Hand sanitizers
- Disinfectant sprays
- Disinfectant wipes
- Personal water bottles
- Your own hand soaps
- A thermometer
You will understand the need to bring these items, of course. When you bring your own soaps and water bottles, you won’t need to risk touching similar items that may have been passed through several pairs of hands. The disinfectant sprays and wipes can be used to clean any surfaces you might need to touch, such as at the hotel and any bathrooms you might need to visit. And the thermometer will allow you to keep tabs on the general health of your family. In this regard, check out this New York Times article for some advice about taking your temperature.
#4: Consider a road trip
As we said, precautions are being put in place to keep travelers safe, but there is still a risk. You are bound to find crowds of people at airports and at tourist resorts, and while social distancing rules should be in place, there is still an element of danger. So, while we aren’t suggesting you put off your travel plans abroad if you are desperate to get out of your own country, you might still consider a road trip if you’re happy to stay nearer home.
When you go on a road trip, you will be able to:
- Avoid crowds of people, as you will be within the safe confines of your car
- Stay in control of where you do and don’t go on your vacation
- Put safety measures in place to protect yourself and your family
- Stay in a tent or RV, which could be safer than an unfamiliar hotel
- Enjoy a trip without having to wear a face mask for most of your journey
In many ways, a road trip is the perfect way to enjoy a vacation this year, as you will have fewer worries where COVID is concerned. You will also have the opportunity to save money, because if you are out of pocket because of the financial repercussions of the virus, you won’t have to take out a loan or max out your credit card when embarking on your travels.
#5: Find ways to put safety first
As we suggested earlier, common-sense is vital when traveling. So, in aspects of your trip, find ways to put safety first, as you will protect yourself and others when you do.
As examples, you should:
- Handle your own bags if using a ride-hailing service
- Wash your hands regularly, and use your hand-sanitizer if you have come into contact with unfamiliar surfaces
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces if staying in a hotel room
- Wear your mask when other people are near
- Stay indoors if you start to feel unwell
- Use a disinfectant wipe on handles and buttons that you might need to use, including those attached to fuel pumps if going on a road trip
- Carry your own foods and drink bottles to reduce contact with other products
- Make cashless payments where possible
You will already be used to doing some of these things anyway, so they should already be a part of the safety protocols you are currently putting in place. Still, reminders are always useful, and these and any other suggestions you can find should be at the forefront of your mind when you’re traveling.
There will be a day when such safety precautions can be relaxed, but for now, it’s important to do all you can to protect your health. So, if you are planning to travel this year, heed our suggestions, and commit to further research to learn more about what you should and shouldn’t be doing on your vacation.
Take care, and thanks for reading!