Covid 19 changed a lot about how we live our everyday lives, especially when it comes to traveling in groups. What used to be a simple process of booking transportation and lodging for a trip has now been complicated by the pandemic and its effects on everything from business operations to when and where people decide to travel. If you’re planning to set out on the open road with friends or family, below are some tips on how you can ensure a safe and enjoyable journey from beginning to end!
Confirm Everyone Who Will Be in Attendance
If you’re traveling with people outside your inner circle, find out exactly who will be tagging along for the trip and if they could have been recently exposed to someone with Covid 19. Did they fly from out of state on a busy flight? Have they been feeling under the weather recently? If so, you may want to consider asking that they receive a test prior to setting off.
Knowing who you’re traveling with is just one of the ways you can reduce your risk of transmission.
Book Larger Transportation
Rather than pack into rental cars or personal vehicles for the drive, choose a vehicle that offers you enough space to travel as a group. Isolating with your fellow passengers on the journey instead of riding in separate modes of transport is a great way to stay safe during travel.
Limit Your Stops Along the Way
If you really want to prevent the risk of exposure during an extended trip, it’s best to limit how many pit-stops you make along the way. Pack your own snacks and travel supplies to minimize the amount of stops you’ll need for the trip.
Reducing your stops lessens your risk of coming in contact with someone infected.
Pack Hand Sanitizer and Other Sanitizing Products
Good hand washing practices go a long way in our current world. Even a small bottle of hand sanitizer and pack of wipes used properly during travel can make a substantial difference when it comes to your risk of infection.
Always keep sanitizer handy and encourage your co-passengers to practice frequent hand washing or sanitizing as well.
Use Contactless Payment Methods During Your Trip
While it’s always good to have a bit of emergency cash around when you’re traveling, it’s best to stick with contactless payment forms, like credit cards, when making regular purchases.
Since cash is exchanged through a lot of hands before it reaches yours, handling this paper currency frequently during a road trip increases the risk of exposure.
Check Schedules for Local Attractions Before Your Road Trip
Following Covid’s arrival to the United States, many businesses were forced to either temporarily shut their doors, close for good, or completely redo their hours of operation. Before you plan a day at a particular attraction, make sure it’s still open to the public and take a look at the business hours.
Additionally, don’t simply depend on a company’s Google business page for this information as it may be outdated. Make calls to your desired destinations to ensure they’re still in operation.
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