The pandemic considerably changed the way we live our lives from education, work, and even traveling. A lot of people who like to travel have felt tortured during the lockdown or quarantine periods. Some countries have been in quarantine for over a year already, and traveling is prohibited in some places. Some tourist attractions are still closed due to the pandemic.
While some countries already allow gathering and traveling in certain places. But of course, they still need to follow safety protocols like social distancing, wearing masks, etc. However, we still can’t erase the fact that covid is still around us. Besides following safety precautions, we must also plan our travels and road trip adventure with safety.
Let’s find out how to plan a safe road trip during the pandemic.
How to plan a safe road trip during the pandemic
Traveling now is not the same as traveling before. We need to have extra safety precautions to enjoy a safe and hassle-free trip.
First and foremost, you need to ensure that your car is in great condition for a long road trip. Checking the condition of your car is simple. You can do the maintenance check on your own. But if you’re having doubts, you can hire a professional mechanic. Some yacht repairs and maintenance workers are great in car maintenance too. All you have to do is ask.
Planning your destination
Planning for your destination take more effort now during the pandemic. When deciding your travel destination, you must first look at the covid infection rates in the area and nearby area and how they are handling it.
Ask a few questions like, do they have surging cases? Do you need to quarantine for weeks? Are residents obeying the rules? You do not want to go to places where they don’t prioritize the safety of citizens.
Who are you visiting?
Covid spreads easily and fast. Thus, it would help if you were careful when you are going to visit someone. You don’t want to visit someone who will put you or your companions in danger.
Many people miss their long-distance loved ones, but it’s not ideal to visit all of them in our current situation. We don’t know who is currently carrying the virus around us. To avoid unknowingly spreading the virus, do not visit two or more places on the same day or time.
Avoid visiting the elderly because their immune system is not as strong as younger ones, so they have a higher risk of getting infected.
Pack more than before
Packing a lot more than before is a good preparation now for road trips. Prepare a lot of essentials. Think of anything you might need on the road to avoid stops and interaction with other people where you can get the virus.
Bring a lot of food, sandwiches, and a lot of water to keep you hydrated, but remember not to drink too much to avoid a lot of bathroom stops. And do not forget to bring extra face masks, gloves, wet wipes, hand sanitizers, and alcohol.
Bathroom stops are unavoidable, especially when you have kids. But don’t worry, using a public restroom is safe as long as you are ready and you have disinfectant with you. Do not remove your mask, wear disposable gloves, and bring hand sanitizer or alcohol with you.
Maintain social distancing when there are other people around. Throw the gloves to the proper trash can after using, and don’t forget to sanitize or disinfect your hands and shoes before jumping back to your vehicle.
Just like in the bathroom stops, you should also be careful. Wear gloves when you touch pumps or keypads. It’s also wiser to pay with a credit or debit card to avoid too much physical interaction with the cashier. After your transaction:
- Throw the gloves into the proper trash can.
- Disinfect your card.
- Clean your hands and shoes before going back to your vehicle.
Where will you stay?
If you travel somewhere far and need a place to stay for a day or two, do your research first before reserving a room or hotel. Check the hotel’s website to know their rules and regulations (hygiene policies), cleaning processes, and whether they restrict other people like housekeepers from entering guests’ rooms. Also, if you are planning to use a camping tent, follow the bathroom stop tips when using the shared bathroom.
Clean the room as soon as you arrive
If you end up reserving a hotel room, do not forget to disinfect or sanitize the room after you arrive. Yes, they have cleaning policies, but it is better to know the place is clean enough for you and your family. Before unpacking, disinfect the door handles with alcohol, the lamps, the curtains, bedsheets, light switches, TV, toilet handles, refrigerator, and anything you will always use inside the room.
Wherever you are, do not forget to bring your sanitizers and disinfectants, and face masks. Do not forget to practice social distancing. If you want to enjoy your trip and avoid contracting the virus, follow these simple tips and keep in mind that today’s situation is very different from before.