How to Travel Safely Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic?

Ready to travel again? But, this time the scenarios will be different; thanks to COVID. Vaccination might sound overwhelming; however, the process is not gonna happen overnight. Additionally, you have to take proactive approaches and thoughts before you think that you can fly to another state or country.

For example, you have to be sure whether COVID-19 is spreading where you’re heading towards. On the other hand, check out if the disease is spreading in your community. So, before you pack your luggage, take a look at all these precautions. Let’s check in detail what you should do before you book your flight or plan a trip.

How to Travel Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Points to Remember

Most states and countries are allowing those people who are fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated. If you’re planning a trip in the coming 3 to 4 months then it’s an ideal time to get your vaccine doses if you haven’t done it yet. After getting vaccinated, your body might take time to adjust to the antibodies it has produced.

That’s why you should prioritize your vaccination schedule. In addition to this, you have to take care of yourself if you’re suffering from a severe illness. The ill effects of COVID-19 can be deadly for specific existing illness factors. Definite medical conditions are at higher risk when exposed to COVID-19 infection.

Well, this is not only true for you but also for your loved ones. If you live with elderly people then you should be extra careful after you return from your trip. There might be chances that you’ve got no symptoms; still, you should isolate yourself from your family.

Last but not the least, check out if there are special restrictions or requirements at your destination. For instance, do you have to carry test reports or vaccination certificates while traveling? Besides the destination, the same rule applies to your home state, too. COVID restrictions vary from state to state, nation to nation. Hence, grab detailed information regarding your local state and destination city, beforehand.

How to Keep Yourself Safe While Traveling?

Hopefully, you’re not infected with COVID-19 and have managed to avail all the requirements for your trip. Well, this is not enough. Here’s what you should follow for each and every trip you conduct, especially in the COVID situation.

Tips for safe travel: 6 things to consider during COVID-19.
  • Maintain social distance, that is you should be at least six feet away from others.
  • Refrain yourself from touching surfaces such as elevator buttons, handrails, etc. In case you use them, immediately sanitize your hands.
  • Don’t forget to wear a face mask when you’re at public places. Infections are likely to spread in gatherings.
  • Don’t stay in contact with anyone who appears to be sick. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least twenty seconds. Washing your hands is mandatory before eating, after sneezing, and coughing. If you can’t use soap, carry a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Pour a few drops in your hands and rub them till your hands get dry.
  • Additionally, you should not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth again and again.
  • Prevent yourself from eating or drinking anything in public places. Otherwise, you have to uncover your face. And, it will increase the chances of yours getting infected.

While Traveling via Car

Travel via flight might not be everyone’s thing. If you like to enjoy your road trip by car then you have to be selective about where to stop and take some rest. The following guidelines might help you to be prepared for your car trip.

Travelling with your family during COVID-19 | UNICEF
  • Try to take as minimal stops as possible. Don’t go overstressed if you feel drowsy; immediately take a safe stop.
  • You might be picking up food on the road. Ensure to stop by those restaurants that offer curbside or drive-thru services. However, it will be better if you pack up your food and water from your home. But it might not be possible for long road trips.
  • Carry face masks, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer along with your road trip. 
  • When your car requires fuel, make use of disinfectant wipes on surfaces before you touch them. When you’re done, use hand sanitizer.

On-Flight Precautions

There’s an advantage of traveling via airplanes during COVID situations. The air inside the airplanes is filtered. So, viruses don’t get much chance to spread on flights. Still, you have to be careful enough because social distancing might not be followed up when you are flying in a crowded airplane. Here’s what you should not miss while traveling on a flight.

Travel tips to stay safe and prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 and  other infectious diseases - Times of India
  • You should wear a mask while going through thermal screening. If the officials request you to adjust your mask for the identification process then you might have to lower down your mask.
  • It will be better if you carry an e-boarding pass for your flight. This will minimize the chances of contacts.
  • Carry food items in transparent plastic bags in carry-on bags.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after completing the screening.

Hotel Restrictions

We think that it’s the hotel industry that has received the most damages during and post-pandemic situations. That’s why hotel industries are doing their best to convince travelers that hotels are the safest places to stay in. Additionally, they have made strict guidelines for keeping the maximum protection factors for their customers.

The hotel authorities make sure that every inch would be cleaned and sanitized at definite intervals. Additionally, masks are mandatory for both staff and guests. They are encouraging guests in contactless payment to keep the chances of infection at a minimum. If any guest becomes ill during his or her stay then there will be specific protocols such as sealing the room after sanitization.

Apart from this, you have to take care of your safety, too. Use disinfectant wipes to wipe the surfaces such as switches, tables, doorknobs, phones, and other gadgets. Consider washing dishes before you use them.

What Should You Pack?

After you’re 100% sure about your trip amid the pandemic situation, you can start packing. Besides loading your favorite apparel, don’t forget to pack these things in:

  • Medicines
  • Tissues
  • Extra face masks
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Thermometer
  • Disinfectant wipes

Lastly, don’t risk your life if you’re feeling sick. It’s better to stay at home when you are waiting for the COVID-19 test results. You should not go for a trip if you are diagnosed with COVID but have no symptoms. Contact a physician if required. Stay alert, stay safe!

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