It is nothing new that the way we engage in and carry out various activities will no longer be the same in the next few months or even years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the way we work, learn, and shop to the way we spend our free time, everything is affected in a way or another by the new safety and social distancing norms.
Traveling is one of the activities that are directly and significantly impacted by the last months’ events. Since restrictions have started to be lifted gradually, people are now beginning to plan their 2020 travels according to the new restrictions, even if in a significantly lower number than in the past years.
If you’re among them, taking a few simple steps will lower your chances of getting sick and help you boost your safety when traveling. Here are a few tips for traveling safely while social distancing.
Traveling by car
While in the past, many people would have booked online flight tickets to reach their favorite destinations, road trips have started to gain attention, given that they’re safer, accessible, as well as flexible. When traveling by car, whether it’s yours or a rental, the number of people you interact with is considerably lower, and that’s the basis of social distancing.
While it might prove to be a challenge to keep such distance in certain circumstances and places, it is easier to respect the new restrictions when you travel by car with your family or partner.
Renting remote homes
Many of us would like to go for a longer trip, given the previous months of isolation, which means that you will have to find a place to stay. Camping seems to be more appealing than ever as long as you find a place where you can set up your camp, and you have enough space just for you and your family.
Another alternative, if you’re not on a tight budget, is to rent a remote home and have an entire place just for you and the people you travel with; the more secluded the home, the more likely you are not to run into other travelers.
However, if you choose to go for this option, make sure the place you rent includes supplies for your basic needs. If the rental pack does not include such options, make a list of essentials and bring your own supplies.
In case there is a member of your family on meds, add the needed medication to your pack. If you want to take your pet with you, ensure that your animal companion’s needs are also covered. Find out more about kibbles and other pet supplies on Drfoxmag.com.
Also, check out the route you want to take before you go. Map out the road you intend to take and keep an eye on the latest news regarding travel-related restrictions in the state you want to visit.
The supplies you need no matter where you go
The primary role of social distancing is to lower the transmission of the new coronavirus, which means that, regardless of the type of trip you want to go for, you should always take the recommended safety measures to protect yourself and the people you interact with.
A hygiene kit is thus mandatory. Make sure you pack enough sanitizing products, disposable disinfecting wipes, gloves, and facial masks, as well as bags to discard such items safely. Since road trips include road stops, taking extra safety measures is always a good idea.
When using public bathrooms, it is best to shield your hands from surfaces that are often touched, such as door handles, faucets, and fixtures. If you don’t have disposable gloves, then thoroughly wash your hands or use a disinfecting gel, and use a paper towel or tissue to open the door, for example.
Check the safety measures recommended by the World Health Organization and health experts and take the needed steps to lower the chances of getting sick.