The age of COVID-19 has made traveling a little difficult, but not impossible. If you still plan to travel for summer vacation, there are ways to keep you, your family, and other travelers safe. Follow these tips to make the most out of your summer vacation, and have the best chance at staying healthy amid the current pandemic.
Stick closer to home
The less you have to travel, the better. There are more risks associated with flying, especially on longer flights. Since you are in such close quarters, it can be hard to social distance.
Driving by car is ideal, but long car rides also come with its fair share of risks, especially if you have to stop frequently for bathroom breaks. Consider renting an RV with a bathroom or vacationing closer to home, so you have to stop less often.
Practice good hygiene
The main way to curb the spread of the virus is to practice good hygiene. Washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer when you can’t wash up is a key component to staying healthy. Social distancing and wearing masks or other cloth face coverings are two other essential ways to keep you and your loved ones healthy.
Plan outdoor activities versus indoor
The virus is less likely to spread if you’re outdoors and socially distanced. The summer weather is the perfect time to take advantage and plan as many outdoor activities as possible.
You can even dine outdoors versus inside, as mask-wearing is not required once you are seated indoors at a restaurant, making the virus more likely to spread. Dining al fresco is not only fun, but it’s also safer.
Know the quarantine rules
Before you travel, check to see if your state is on a mandatory quarantine list. If it is, you may need to quarantine for 14 days upon the arrival. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or know you have been potentially exposed to the virus, make sure to quarantine for 14 days upon returning home.
Practicing good hygiene, knowing the quarantine rules, and being innovative with the activities you plan will allow you to enjoy your vacation while also staying healthy.