The Secret to Traveling Safely During a Pandemic
When discussing traveling safely in the past, you might have thought about preventing theft or kidnapping. Today, when discussing ways to safely travel, you immediately think about your health. Although it’s best to stay home and refrain from traveling during a pandemic, there comes a point in time when traveling is a must.
With a pandemic lasting more than 6 months, people may be left with no choice but to travel. This decision might be due to work responsibilities, family situations, or the simple need to get the family out of the house. If you’re contemplating whether or not you should travel, then you’ll want to continue reading below.
There are a few travel tips you can follow to ensure the entire family stays safe and healthy during the trip. Here’s what you need to know.
Choose a Road Trip If Possible
If you’re able to reach your destination via your personal vehicle, then this is the safest way to travel. When you travel in your own vehicle, you eliminate the risk of contracting a virus or disease due to other passengers. If you’re planning a trip to get the family out of the house, a road trip is a great option.
If your vehicle isn’t big enough to keep everyone comfortable for an extended period of time, then consider renting a larger vehicle to transport the family in. Try to make as few stops as possible as well. When you do have to stop to grab food or use the restroom and get gas, wash hands before and after the stop.
Do your best not to touch anything you don’t have to either.
Consider Camping Rather Than a Hotel
Another great travel option you have is to go camping rather than staying in a hotel. Choosing a camping trip gives you your own personal space in the great outdoors. You won’t have to worry about coming into contact with hotel guests in close distance to you.
You also won’t have to worry about bellhops or cleaning services either. If camping isn’t an option, then consider an Air BnB. When you rent an Air BnB you have the entire house to yourself.
You and the family can enjoy plenty of activities the Air BnB provides, such as a swimming pool, game room, and things to do around the area. If a hotel or motel is your only option, then opt for a room with a balcony to let fresh air in when you have a chance.
Speak with a travel agency to see what some of your accommodation options are in the area you plan to visit.
Maintain 6ft Distance and Wear a Mask
During your travels, there will come a point in time when you’ll cross paths with other people. This is almost inevitable. When you are in the same room as other people, remember to maintain a distance of 6ft between you and them.
You’ll want to avoid touching surfaces as well. When you’re not thinking about it, you touch several surfaces and items throughout the day. Once you start to keep track of how many things you touch throughout the day, you’ll start to realize just how often you do and how many of those times aren’t necessary.
You should wear your mask too. Take a few spares with you if you have no way of washing the masks.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
While out and about on your travels, remember to wash your hands as frequently as possible. Whenever you’re able to get to a sink with soap, do so. Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to remove the germs and stay healthy.
You can keep hand sanitizer handy in case soap and water aren’t available but don’t use the hand sanitizer in place of handwashing if hand washing is possible. Only use it for the times when there’s no other option, such as a gas station restroom with no soap.
Choose Contactless Paying Options
Be sure to set up different ways to pay without having to make contact. There are apps on your phone, such as Google Pay that allow you to make transactions right from your phone! If you can avoid exchanging dollar bills or having to press buttons on a card machine, then you’re avoiding tons of germs as well.
Keep in mind that not all businesses accept contactless pay, but you’ll want to have it set up for the ones that do.
Avoid Large Crowds and Indoor Spaces
Traveling and having a wonderful vacation or travel experience doesn’t have to include visiting areas with large crowds or indoor spaces. There’s much to do outdoors and at locations away from large crowds. When planning your trip, search for things in the area you can do outside.
Consider visiting national parks or partaking in other activities outdoors. The beach, natural springs, zip lining, bike rentals, taking a hike, and renting a boat are just a few options you have.
Traveling Safely Is Possible Even During a Pandemic
If you don’t have to travel during a pandemic, then the best way to stay safe is to stay home. When you have no other option but to travel, then be sure to follow the travel advice and tips listed in this guide above. Following these travel tips is the best way to ensure the entire family is traveling safely with health as a priority.
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