Tips, Tricks, and Must-Haves for Travel During COVID-19
Now that summer is over and the air is getting cooler, I’m so excited for all the holidays coming up. But due to COVID-19, the holidays are going to be a little different this year. And it’s not just the holiday celebrations that will be different. Holiday travel–and travel in general–has been completely changed by the Coronavirus outbreak.
If you’re traveling during the pandemic, you probably know you’re taking a bit of a risk. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” But if you’re going to travel, you need to be smart about it and minimize risks in order to keep you and your family safe. That’s why I put together my tips, tricks, and must-haves for traveling during COVID-19.
What You Need To Know Before Traveling During COVID
General Tips To Stay Safe
The CDC recommends people stay at home, but they have a list of suggestions to help people prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some of the most important travel tips to keep in mind during the pandemic:
- Cancel your trip if you’ve been exposed. If you or someone that you’ve been in contact with has been sick with COVID in the last 2 weeks, don’t travel by plane, train, or bus. If you absolutely have to travel, go by car so you can avoid putting others at risk.
- Check if your destination is safe. Before your trip, keep an eye out for infection rates at your travel destination. The CDC has a great resource you can find here.
- Know the regulations. Depending on where you’re traveling, there might be state or local requirements like wearing a mask in public or quarantining after arrival for 14 days. You can check domestic regulations here and international ones here.
- Social distance and practice good self-hygiene. CDC experts say that, when traveling, you’re most at risk before you get on the plane, train, or bus and after you get off, due to crowding. Make sure to maintain a social distance of 6 feet whenever possible, and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water when you have access to a sink.
COVID Travel Must-Haves
#1: A Face Mask or Shield
Whenever you’re traveling, you need to wear a mask at all times, including inside airports and in lobbies. This protects yourself and others from germs. Also, remember to try and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need something to help you remember not to touch your face, you can wear glasses or a face shield with your mask. Better safe than sorry!
#2: Hand Sanitizer
When you’re traveling, you’ll be touching lots of germy surfaces. Since you won’t always have access to a sink, make sure to bring plenty of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. And to protect your hands from drying out after all that sanitizing, don’t forget to throw some moisturizing lotion in your bag, too.
#3 Food and Water
Thanks to COVID, lots of restaurants and stores are closed, meaning it may be difficult to find food and drinks on your trip. Some airlines have stopped providing in-flight services, and restaurants at rest-stops might be closed. Make sure to plan ahead and pack plenty of water and snacks to keep you full on your trip.
And don’t forget–wash your hands or use sanitizer before you eat!
We know that the Coronavirus travels mostly by air. If you’re taking a flight, you can rest easy knowing that germs are unlikely to spread on a plane due to the way the air circulates. But whether you’re on a plane, train, or bus, you need to make sure to wipe-off communal surfaces. Health experts recommend wiping down surfaces like in-flight entertainment and tray tables with sanitizer wipes because germs can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, remember to mask up and keep an eye on the CDC for changing regulations and suggestions. Traveling during a pandemic is definitely a bit more stressful than usual, but with these tips and tricks you should be able to stay safe and healthy!