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The effects of COVID-19 have singlehandedly changed the world in which we live. This includes the “end” of traveling for many families across the world. While some turn a blind eye to the mandatory precautions, others have become terrified to leave their homes. While the pandemic should be the top priority for safety, traveling is not impossible, here are some tips and tricks to remain safe while traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Self Isolate:

Self-quarantine for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after embarking on a trip. By isolating 2 weeks before, you will know you are healthy enough to travel without spreading COVID-19 during the travel process and once at your destination. Upon return to your residence you must self-isolate for 2 weeks to ensure you didn’t contract the virus during your trip. While this all feels a bit extreme, it is necessary to ensure you keep yourself safe as well as those around you.

  • Consider the road trip:

Road Tripping is considered to be one of the most popular ways of travel. This is simply because the traveler can hop in their car, and drive to their desired destination. Road tripping is not constricted to booking an airbnb or hotel room, there are many outdoor options, RV rentals, even campground rentals you may book directly on your phone.

  • Check your facts:

Before venturing to any destination, make sure to check for travel advisories to each state. Most states have a tourism website where you can access updated information about requirements and protocols for the area. Also be aware that the state could be shut down at any time, so be sure to locate all emergency services when upon arrival.

  • Air Travel:

If air travel is unavoidable, make sure to wear a mask and bring several just in case. If at all possible, bring your own snacks instead of purchasing at vendor sites. While most stores and restaurants are most likely following health code protocol, you can never go wrong bringing your own food since you know how it was prepared and you were the only person handling it. This lessens the amount of trash and other items being touched in public by multiple people.

  • Wash your hands:

Always make sure to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Bring hand sanitizer with you at all times for when a sink and soap are not readily available. If you can get your hands on some disinfectant wipes, carry some with you for emergencies. Keep a pack of gloves, you never know when you need to touch a public item without carrying the germs.https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

 

  • Don’t Assume:

Call ahead to your planned stops such as hotels, restaurants, campsites, etc. to make sure they are operating. For hotels, inquire about any additional logistics. Some establishments are also not offering daily housekeeping and turn down service – amenities they typically would offer, but not currently. When you arrive at each destination, be sure to wear a mask and be willing and prepared for any wellness check.

  • Be understanding:

Know that this is a new and unpredictable time for everyone – other travelers, businesses, service people and even law enforcement. Be patient and be prepared to change plans if necessary, due to new restrictions or rules. Even though we must take extra precautions while traveling, don’t allow it to take the joy out of your journey. Smile and wave at your fellow traveler from 6 feet away – we are all in this together.

 

For more information regarding COVID-19 Updates please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html