Tips to Traveling Safely During a Pandemic
If you plan to travel in the coming weeks, here are some top tips for traveling safely during this pandemic.
As we begin to see states start to reopen and accept an influx of tourism and travel, it is clear that health and safety is a priority. You might be one to have upcoming travel plans that you made long before Covid-19 hit. In some cases, you may still be able to keep those plans.
Review CDC guidelines
Before packing your bags, it is wise to stay up to date with the current CDC guidelines as it relates to Covid-19. There’s an abundance of information regarding social distancing, wearing masks, and keeping healthy. You may find that now is not the time to travel to your favorite destination or you may choose a different location based on the ability to vacation how you like to.
International travel can be especially tricky at the moment. Be sure that there are no travel restrictions to and/or from your destination. In addition, many companies are offering refunds and/or guaranteed packages. This means you can have the option to change your travel date free of any fees.
Research your destination
Whether you already have tickets booked or are just now trying to pick a vacation destination, now is the time to find out how your destination is handling the virus. You wouldn’t want to show up to a vacation spot only to find out that everything is closed. Be sure to call ahead and find out if beaches or other attractions are even open for business.
You may also need to make additional reservations ahead of time. Many businesses are opening at a limited capacity. Also, many places are posting new hours of operation as they need additional time to sanitize and prepare for the next day. Researching will be key to a successful vacation this summer.
Don’t travel if you’re sick
A rather common-sense approach to traveling safely during the pandemic is to simply not travel when you’re sick. Got a cough or a runny nose? Then cancel your plans to ensure the safety of everyone involved. It may not be a Covid-19 sickness, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Also, if you are a high risk to get very ill from a virus-like Covid-19, now might just not be the time to travel.
You can work on boosting your immune system in the meantime. There are simple ways you can do to naturally boost your immune system. Some examples include:
- Eat whole foods
- Get 8 hours of rest each night
- Take a probiotic supplement
- Exercise daily
- Limit your sugar intake
- Drink plenty of water
- Take your vitamins daily. Some options to consider include; vitamin C & D, zinc, elderberry, echinacea, and garlic.
- Soak up sun rays
Keep in mind that doing all the things listed above does not guarantee you won’t get or transmit Covid-19. There is no guarantee that you will recover quicker either. However, it does not hurt to give your immune system a fighting chance.
Be prepared and pack appropriately
When your travel does arrive, be sure you are prepared to be safe. This means having your mask handy (with extras in tow) and packing hand sanitizer that is easily accessible. Remember to keep your hands away from your face when possible and wash your hands regularly.
Keep this in mind, your hand sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol-based. You can also take your own temperature and even consider getting tested for Covid-19 before you leave on your trip.
Be prepared for the unknown
When the Covid-19 virus first began to spread in the United States, some people chose to self-quarantine while others were forced into it. Some people were stranded on cruise ships and then taken into additional quarantines. While the news as of late has not reported these mandatory quarantines, it still might be necessary to do a self-quarantine once you’ve traveled. Just be prepared for these uneasy interruptions of your travel plans.
Traveling safely during a pandemic can be possible if you take the right precautions. There are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to catching the virus itself and how reopening parts of the country will fare. It may still take several months before traveling can get back to how it used to be, for the most part. If you are skeptical or still unsure, you can always make travel plans next year to be sure things are still running smoothly.