Summer Safety Against COVID-19: Traveling

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
 Getting away to your favorite spot or exploring somewhere new is one of the greatest aspects of summer, but your travel plans may look different this year as a result of Coronavirus. If you are planning to travel for vacation this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind before heading out.

Getting away to your favorite spot or exploring somewhere new is one of the greatest aspects of summer, but your travel plans may look different this year as a result of Coronavirus. If you are planning to travel for vacation this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind before heading out.

Where To Go

Although many local businesses are beginning to reopen, this is not the case everywhere. Before you leave for your trip, familiarize yourself with the area you are visiting. Research the rules and regulations regarding Coronavirus where you will be, as they might be different than the rules where you live. Also, make sure the places you’ll be going are open and accepting visitors.

How To Get There

The safest way for you to travel is by car. Airports and train terminals are starting to get busy again which makes social distancing nearly impossible. If possible, consider driving to your destination. If you choose to fly, make sure to take the extra precautions that are necessary for highly populated areas and surfaces that are frequently touched.

What To Pack

Your suitcase may weigh a little more this trip because there are a few things that are essential to bring when traveling to prevent getting sick. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Face Masks
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Thermometer

What To Avoid

  • Avoid traveling internationally for nonessential reasons. Many countries have implemented travel restrictions, so getting around once you are in another country can be difficult. Also, many other countries’ healthcare systems are overwhelmed, and you might not have access to the medical care you could need.
  • A hot spot for the Coronavirus is cruises. Reconsider planning a trip on a cruise ship this summer as the virus can be spread quickly throughout the boat.
  • When making stops on your drive, try to avoid popular rest stops and restaurants as many people passing through them could be carrying the virus.
  • If you visit an area that is a hotspot for the virus, make sure to self-quarantine for 14 days or get tested for the virus when you return.

While taking extra precautions in traveling, we hope you and your family has a wonderful time together. After all, spending restful time with family and loved ones is a great benefit to mental health. Stay hydrated this summer and enjoy sunny days safely!

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