As much of the world starts to open up following the 2020 shutdowns due to COVID-19, many people are ready to jump out there and go on a big adventure. After more than a year of being worried and having to stay home, it might be time to stretch out and see something new. However, it is still important to be careful when traveling in a post-COVID world. The virus is still a big threat and we need to take special care to not get others sick. Here are a few tips that everyone can consider when traveling in a post-COVID world.
Check the Local Requirements
COVID-19 has changed travel more than anything else. Due to this, many hospitality industries are taking new steps to make sure that passengers and others are as safe as possible when they travel. Because of this, there could be some requirements in place for travelers, but the exact requirements are going to depend on where you live and where you want to travel.
For example, there are some areas that ask you to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive. Others require a negative COVID-19 test when you get to the new location. You should read up on the requirements where you plan to travel and take these into consideration while you do some of the planning.
Check Hotel Policies
Sometimes you can figure out the hotel policy based on what the local requirements are at the time, but it is still important to read up on them. Many have special COVID-19 policies in place that you can follow to stay safe. If the policies are unclear, it is a good idea to call the hotel ahead of time to make sure you are safe.
Consider Traveling By Car
While traveling by car can take a lot longer to complete, it is one of the safest ways to get around the country without catching the virus. You will not be jammed into an airplane with others, having to worry about whether you will catch the virus or spread it to others.
You will still need to take some precautions, though. Pack lots of hand sanitizers and bring face masks for when you stop at the gas station or other locations. Bringing your own food is often the best option so you do not have to interact with others as much. You can even pack a small tabletop grill so you can cook on the road. If you do choose a restaurant, go with a drive-thru or pick-up service to help.
Have Your COVID-19 Essentials
There are a number of products that you should bring along on the trip with you to stay protected against COVID-19. We already know that face masks, sanitizers, and disinfecting wipes are a good place to start. Bring along other essentials that could be hard to find while traveling, including toilet paper. These are essentials when traveling in a post-COVID world.
Be Prepared for Vaccine Passports
Many areas are considering varying options in vaccine passports to provide those who have gotten a vaccine with easier access to different parts of the country and even internationally. If you plan to travel quite a bit, you may need to consider whether getting the vaccine is right for you. This not only helps keep you and others healthy but could allow for easier travel wherever you go. These passport options will be easy to get for those who have gotten the vaccine and can cut out some of the hassles of traveling.
Traveling Safely After Covid-19
Doing your part can make traveling after the pandemic safer for everyone. If you feel sick, you need to postpone your vacation. This will make it more fun for you while ensuring that you do not get anyone sick. By following the recommendations above and paying attention to the CDC recommendations, you will be able to have a safe trip along the way and enjoy traveling in a post-COVID world. Check out Wander for more information about pandemic-safe travel.