Is it safe to travel? Can I be exposed to the coronavirus if I travel? Do I need to wear a mask? There are so many worries about traveling in a pandemic. After quarantining for months, I know most people have had an itch to travel, but with an invisible virus spreading around the world, many people have reservations, which is completely understandable, but unfortunate. A lot of plans have been put on standby because of the coronavirus, and traveling was a part of that. By now, most states have reopened, bringing some type of normalcy back, but they are still encouraging others to practice social distancing. It’s still okay to have fun and live your best life! But there is a safe way to do it in these interesting times and take the necessary precautions for your health. Vicky Nguyen, NBC News Correspondent, explains that before you travel you should ask yourself these questions: Is where you're traveling to a coronavirus hot spot? When you come home is there someone you stay with who may be vulnerable to the Covid-19 symptoms? Do you have a plan if you get sick? Will you have to quarantine upon your return home? Whether you plan to travel by plane, car, bus, or train, you can remain safe with some practical tips.
What should you pack with you?
Cloth Face Masks
Alcohol based hand sanitizer
Disinfectant Wipes for surfaces
Vitamins, if possible
What should you do when traveling?
Maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and others as much as possible.
Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, elevator buttons, and handrails. If you do, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterwards
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Clean your hands often, especially before eating and after coughing or sneezing
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
What should you do when traveling by airplane?
Check airline policies beforehand. Choose an airline with precautionary measures you're comfortable with.
Bring disinfectant wipes with you, and clean your area carefully before sitting down.
Wear your mask the entire flight, except for when eating or drinking.
When you use the restroom, bring a paper towel or disposable wipe to touch common surfaces. Then, sanitize your hands again when you return to your seat.
What should you do when going on road trips?
Make as few stops as possible, but stop driving if you become sleepy.
When you need to get gas, use a disinfectant wipe on handles or buttons before you touch them. After fueling, use hand sanitizer.
If you're hungry, pick up a meal on the road. Consider restaurants that offer drive-thru or curbside service.
What should you do if you are staying in a hotel or a vacation rental?
Check which places are open before booking.
Wipe down all hard, nonporous surfaces regularly.
Consider bringing your own sheets or asking for clean sheets upon arrival and making your own bed.
Do your own cleaning as much as possible to maintain a clean space.
Hopefully, some of these are resourceful and helpful when your day of travel comes. Here are some websites that you might find interesting and give more guidelines to how you can travel during COVID-19.
6 safer, expert-backed ways to take a vacation during the pandemic, from road trips to private vacation homes and remote campsites: https://www.businessinsider.com/safe-vacations-during-covid
Coronavirus and Travel: Everything You Need to Know: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/coronavirus
Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
33 Safe Summer Vacations You Can Still Take During the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://parade.com/1070590/jessicasager/safe-vacations-during-coronavirus/
How to plan travel in the time of COVID-19: https://www.kayak.com/news/covid-19-travel-planning/