5 Tips If You Travel During COVID-19
Travel seemed to come to a complete halt a few months back due to the pandemic. As restrictions have lifted and summer has arrived, people have started to slowly resume their willingness to travel. While there is risk no matter what you do right now, traveling is one you can take a few extra precautions with to ensure you are minimizing your chances of acquiring COVID-19.
Check the local COVID-19
– All states, provinces and countries have varying restrictions right now. Be sure to review their up to date policies on coming to their city/state/province or country before arriving. You may be required to self quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Also take note of the rules your own state, province or country has on returning home. Informing yourself about respective guidelines coming and going could prevent you from having to return home and keep you as safe as possible.
Driving vs Flying
– Many people are fearful of flying right now, however, per the US CDC, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. The issue revolves around the ability to social distance, or lack there of. There may be situations where it is a crowded flight and you are forced to sit next to someone less than 6 feet away from you that could be a carrier. Taking a bus or driving can also pose increased risks. There are still stops for food, gas and bathroom breaks that can put you in close contact with others and touching surfaces. The key is to be aware of your surroundings, wear your mask and make sure you are washing or sanitizing your hands after you’ve touched public surfaces.
Anticipate Your Travel Needs
– Wearing a mask has been proven to help reduce your chances of getting or passing along the COVID-19 virus. Make sure you have a mask with you at all times. It is wise to bring a couple of extra ones in case you lose one or it gets dirty. Having a few extra zip lock bags to store them in after each use will also keep them from being set down on a surface that might have germs. Bring your own food and drinks when possible. This will reduce contact with others in ordering. Make sure you also have hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes for situations where soap and water are not available.
Hotels and Lodging
-Review the hotels updated policies on how they are handling the cleaning of your room and their common areas. Many places have suspended daily room cleaning unless requested and the majority of them have provided hand sanitizer every where you turn. All major chains are taking extra precautions to sanitize your room, however, to err on the side of caution, take your own clorox or disinfecting wipes and clean all high touch surfaces such as door knobs, light switches and faucets for good measure. You can always request a room that has been vacant for at least 24 hours. Many hotels are not up to 100% capacity so this might be an easy request to accommodate. Always wear your mask in the lobby and hallways as you are moving through the hotel, especially in the elevator. Elevators are small spaces and someone who was not masked up could have coughed or sneezed prior to you coming on and the particles might still be in the air. Only ride with the people in your party and wait for the next elevator should there be people you don’t know already in there. This not only protects you, it also gives the other riders their own space.
– Public places have been given the burden of taking extra safety measures to keep their doors open. This can create long delays or a situation of not having access to what you traveled there for. Try to be as patient with the employees and delays as much as possible. They are only doing their job to make things safer for you. Give them an extra smile or a compliment of thanks or gratitude to show your appreciation of their extra efforts for you.