The current pandemic has affected our lives more than most of us could have predicted just one year ago. Schools have been relying on online platforms for help, many companies have completely changed the way they work, while restaurants, hotels and similar establishments have been recording losses from which many of them will never recover. Still, people are trying to find ways in which they can continue with some aspects of normal life like before. While it is recommended to avoid any travels that are not really necessary, there are ways in which you can enjoy this activity and remain healthy. So, if don’t want to put yourself and other people at risk, take a look at the following tips for safe travels during the pandemic.
To begin with, check if COVID-19 is spreading where you live or at your destination. The more cases in your community or at your destination, the more likely you are to get and spread the virus during travel. Also, older adults and people with certain medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. That’s why it’s vital you assess the situation properly before making any further arrangements.
You should test yourself before and after travel to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Conduct a test one to three days before your trip and delay it if you still haven’t received the results. Always carry a copy of your results with you when you travel. Also, repeat the test three to five days after the trip and even if the test is negative, reduce non-essential activities for a week. If you test positive at any point, stay at home, isolate yourself and follow public health recommendations.
Staying safe when you travel
You have to wear a face mask on all means of public transportation at all times. Also, try to maintain a distance of 1-2 meters between you and others as much as possible, avoid contact with anyone who is sick or with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
Safe car trips
A car trip is probably your safest option, but your car has to be in perfect condition, which is why you need to take it to your mechanic before the trip to have all vital parts, such as the sophisticated exhaust muffler, inspected. Also, plan as few stops as possible, pack face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in an easily accessible spot and prepare enough food and water for the trip. When you need to get gas, use a disinfectant wipe on handles or buttons before you touch them. After fueling, use hand sanitizer. And when you get to where you’re going, use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. When it comes to restroom breaks, remember that some public restrooms are closed due to the pandemic, which means you’ll have to rely heavily on restrooms at highway rest areas or gas stations, so be especially vigilant with sanitizing.
Hotels are doing their best to provide a safe environment for their workers and guests alike, but there is still a risk involved, since many people share an enclosed space. That’s why options such as camping might be a safe alternative. The fact you’re outdoors still doesn’t mean you should neglect safety rules. If you’re camping with people outside your household, mask up. Also, do a big shop at your regular grocery store, pack everything into a cooler, and bring along a bundle of firewood and a roll of trash bags for camp pickup. Don’t share anything that touches your face, eyes, or mouth. You won’t catch COVID from someone’s supplies or tent, but when it comes to putting things in your mouth and on your face, you need to be more cautious. Keep your cutlery and serving dishes separate and don’t share water bottles. Finally, try to spend as much time outdoors to boost your immune system and mental health.
Needless to say, travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus, but if you must travel or can do it without endangering anyone’s health, make sure you follow all these tips. Only then can you remain healthy and actually reap some benefits along the way.