Travel, no matter how near or far you go, is a big part of our lives. It’s starting to resume now and we’re all excited to get on the path to normalcy. However, with the continued existence of COVID-19, it’s important to take some extra precautions to stay safe. Here are several things we can do to minimise our risk while we travel:
1. Travel in groups we know
Many of us formed “pandemic pods” during quarantine, and either traveling with those pods, or expanding our circle out, just a dash, can be much safer than flying on planes or using public transportation. For one thing, flights may require multiple connections, which will expose you to even more people and more germs.
Traveling to your destination in a carpool with a small group of kindreds allows you more control over exposure risk.
2. Research local regulations
Different cities and states have various mandates in place right now. And, as COVID cases continue to fluctuate, those regulations are constantly shifting.
3. Try to keep your group as small as possible
Keeping your travel group to a minimum will lessen the risk of cross-contamination. It also allows for easier contact tracing, if someone does end up with COVID-19.
4. On that note…consider a sprinter van
Sprinter vans are unique passenger vehicles that can fit up to 15 passengers. Known for their comfort and economical gas mileage, sprinter vans are an often-overlooked but nonetheless great option for traveling in large groups. Bus.com allows you to either rent sprinter vans that come with drivers, or to rent one to drive yourself.
5. Pack your own food and sanitiser
Make sure to bring plenty of sanitizer, color-coordinated masks, and your own food. This allows you to protect yourself, even if the place you’re visiting doesn’t have as many precautions in place.
6. Wear a mask
Numerous studies have demonstrated that we are all safer from COVID-19 when we wear a mask. It’s especially important while traveling in an enclosed space. Feel like a mask’s stifling? Find one that matches your personal style. All the cool kids are doin’ it.
7. Avoid touching your face as much as possible
I like to touch my face as much as the next person. But try to avoid this. It spreads minuscule germs around. COVID needs contact and entry points like noses, eyes, ears, mouths. The mask is no good if you touch your face or move the germs around.
8. Avoid contact with others
As much as you might want to hug Auntie or Cousin, don’t. Hugs are canceled, as my friend likes to tell me. And if you’re not gonna hug those you love, why would you shake hands or clap on the shoulder, those you don’t even know? Keep your contact to a minimum and you’ll reduce your COVID-19 exposure as well.
9. Stay home if you are feeling ill
As much as we’re all chomping at the bit to hit the road and get out of our houses, it’s really important that we don’t leave home if we aren’t feeling well, or if we’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Your family, your friends, and anyone who you’d be exposing will all thank you.
10. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 40 seconds
You can find loads of articles with popular songs that can help you count to 40 seconds. Pick one or two, and sing them while you wash your hands.
11. Send a list of recommendations in advance
This is a tip for event organisers. One week before the trip, send out a list of tips to all your participants. You might also want to make sure nobody’s been exposed to COVID-19, whether it be by sending out a health questionnaire or by taking everybody’s temperature.
12. Do your research
Know about where you’re headed. Make sure that there are no current outbreaks at your destination. Look into best practices wherever you’re staying and however you’re organising transportation. Pick vendors who put your safety first.