Even though the world is currently in the grips of a health emergency, you might still have reasons to travel out of state or even out of the country. You might need to check on a relative living in another state, you may have to travel for work, or you could simply want to go on a vacation.
To ensure you remain healthy and that you don’t jeopardize the well-being of fellow travelers, do your research before planning a trip. First, you should keep an eye out for travel health notices released by the Centers for Disease Control. Their information will tell you if you can or should travel to certain countries.
If your destination is clear for travel, your can prepare yourself by following these vacation precautions.
Although you definitely shouldn’t miss a Bogner men’s ski pants sale if you have plans to shred some snow, you should also pack a travel kit for staying sanitized. Be mindful of liquid restrictions associated with air travel and which substances may cause issues with security checkpoints. Your essential travel kit should include the following items:
- A supply of medical face masks or a thickly pleated cotton mask
- Hand sanitizer for quick hand washing
- Small bar of hand soap for thorough cleaning
- Disinfectant wipes for cleaning surfaces
If local air travel security prohibits some of these items, make sure to acquire as soon as possible at your destination.
You may understandably be apprehensive of air travel, seeing as airplanes are confined spaces. However, research has proven that high efficient particulate air filters can be up to 99 percent efficient when scrubbing the air for microbes. As long as you wear your mask at all times during the flight and remain mindful of regularly sanitizing your hands, you should be fine.
Your real concern should be maintaining social distancing in the terminal and during boarding, when the air isn’t scrubbed through filters. In the airport, make sure to keep your hands away from your face until you’ve washed them thoroughly.
When booking lodgings, research if the hotel in question has trained their personnel extensively in upgraded sanitation protocols. If you’re staying at a chain hotel or similar establishment, make sure to never get into a crowded elevator and that they enforce social distancing in major areas such as the reception desk and dining area.
It’s also more advisable that you stay in self-contained accommodations like your own cabin or lodge. These accommodations reduce interactions with other people, and thus the risk of transmission, significantly. If the cabin or lodge has its own kitchen and laundry area, the better.
Experts recommend that if you want to eat at a restaurant, it’s better if you eat outdoors, as the open air makes it less likely for airborne particulates to infect you. If you can avoid eating at public establishments, the better. Either order take out food and have it delivered to your accommodations or sample the local cuisine by preparing your own meals.
Travelling is one of the best experiences in life, but given the current situation, you have to be more responsible and cautious. Following established guidelines and listening to the recommendations of medical authorities can protect you and the people around you.