Although the pandemic is still a major issue worldwide, travel is still something that many people need to do or choose to participate in. And while there’s no way to keep yourself entirely safe from contracting COVID-19 while you’re traveling around, there are things you can do to help reduce your chances of spreading the disease or getting sick yourself.
To show you how this can be done, here are three tips for taking a trip amid the pandemic.
Know The Rules For Where You’re Going
Depending on where you’re going, the rules and restrictions in place regarding coronavirus may be different from what your government is doing at home. So to ensure that you don’t wind up in trouble or have any issues while you’re on the road, Erin Schumaker, a contributor to ABC News, advises that you spend some time researching the rules for where you’re going.
In some areas, anyone arriving there needs to quarantine themselves before they’re able to go out and do anything. In other places, stay-at-home orders may still be in effect, making it hard for visitors to really do anything. So prior to choosing where you’ll travel to and leaving your home to get there, make sure your trip makes sense and that you feel safe going where you’re headed.
Continue To Follow The Basics
When you’re in transit and once you arrive at your final destination, keep in mind that “vacation rules” don’t apply to the coronavirus. There are no days off for the pandemic, so it’s important that you don’t let your guard down just because you’re out of your routine.
Ideally, the CDC shares that you should be continuing to follow the basics of personal health and hygiene that have been advertised for months now. Things like wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, washing your hands effectively, and avoiding touching your face should become second-nature to you now, and should be habits that you stick with during your travels.
Get Creative For Avoiding Others
Traveling away from home can make it difficult for you to stay away from the general population. But if you’re creative, you can still find ways to keep your distance from others and avoid being in crowded places.
To help you with this, Chris Woodyard, a contributor to USA Today, recommends trying things like avoiding taking flights that have connections, packing your own snacks and meals when possible, and even getting a UV wand so you can see where heavily trafficked surfaces and areas are in order to better avoid them.
If you have a trip planned before the coronavirus has really been properly dealt with, consider using the tips mentioned above to help keep yourself and others safe when you’re away from home.