If you are planning to travel in the coming weeks or months, there are some things you should consider to make traveling during the pandemic as safe and hassle-free as possible. Whether your trip is for business or personal reasons, taking some simple precautions can set you up for success. Here are three things to consider when planning your trip.
1. Map Your Journey
How far away is your destination? What mode of transportation will you be using? These are things to keep in mind when planning. If you are traveling far from home, you will most likely need to make at least one pit stop. Be sure to avoid commonly touched surfaces as much as possible, wash your hands and sanitize when no soap and water are available to ward off hand germs.
2. Pack and Book Accordingly
Because they are required in many places, pack a mask for every day of your trip (unless you have a cloth mask that you plan to wash). Plan on frequent use of hand sanitizer and pack an ample amount. You should also bring enough disinfectant wipes to clean all door handles, light switches and other commonly touched surfaces in your hotel room. If you are visiting an area that is hard-hit by the pandemic, consider booking your stay outside of the area.
3. Avoid Unwelcome Surprises
Before leaving, find out what your state’s requirements are for self-quarantine upon return from your destination, as well as those of the state you are visiting. Several states require self-quarantine if you have been in an area with high case numbers. You may be asked to self-quarantine at both ends of your trip, so having this knowledge in hand before you leave can help you avoid surprises.
Some simple planning and precautions can make your trip easier and safer. Be sure to keep these three things in mind before you head for the door.