Most of us have had our entire years flipped upside down due to the pandemic, it’s been a tough year to say the least. While most of us have put travel plans on hold, after seven months of the world having a variety of restrictions, we’re learning that we have to live in this new normal for the foreseeable future. If you can’t delay your upcoming trip any more and need to head off, here are 4 tips for traveling safely during COVID-19.
1. Take Private Transport Where Possible
There are some trips that just don’t make sense using private transport, such as flying to another country or even across the States. However if you have the option to choose between driving or going on public transport, then you are going to reduce your risks by driving. If you have to fly somewhere, maybe you can opt to rent a car once you arrive so that you’re not being exposed to as many people. If you do rent a car, don’t forget to add on some insurance to keep yourself financially safe too, you can check out some great options here.
2. Use a Mask
It may not be compulsory to wear a mask wherever you’re headed, but the truth is this is an important thing to do when out and about. Not only to help prevent the spread to others if you find yourself unknowingly exposed, but it also keeps you safe too. Do you realize how many times a day you touch your mouth? Having a mask on makes it impossible for you to touch your mouth, so that will help minimise your own exposure to the virus. Don’t forget to regularly wash your hands, especially before you eat or drink anything.
3. Get Tested
Getting tested for COVID-19 is such an important part of controlling the spread of the virus. We know that many people are symptomless carriers, which means they can pass it on without even knowing that they’ve been infected. The younger and healthier you are, the more likely you may be a symptomless carrier. If testing is affordable or free where you are, I suggest getting a test before heading away on your trip, and then once you get back too to ensure that you’re not bringing it back into your community.
4. Keep an Eye Out for Symptoms
Do you know what the symptoms for Covid-19 are? Being aware of what the symptoms are can help ensure that you can properly isolate if you think you might be coming down with it. While it can manifest differently in different people, some of the key symptoms are a persistent, unproductive cough, a fever, muscle aches, difficulty breathing, diarrhea and a fever. You may have all, some or none of the symptoms but these are the main ones to look out for.
Traveling during the Covid-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming, but if you take these tips into consideration you’ll be doing all you can to keep you and your family safe.