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Staying safe while traveling during Covid-19

With some states being open, domestic travel during the holidays is still an option. Many of these states will have restrictions on what you need to do when you travel to them. Aside from their travel restrictions, you still want to take precautions to stay safe from Covid-19 while you are traveling. Today’s newsletter will give you some advice on what to do and not do when you are traveling this holiday season.

Most of what I have listed below are recommendations based on what I have gotten from other people or from my research online. I am not a medical professional. With how quickly things are changing I would recommend that you check out the CDC website for their recommendations on face coverings and any other medical information.

I also recommend at least three times you should be checking the local government websites for restrictions on where you will be travelling. The first time should be during your trip planning. The second time a few days or a week before you leave. The third time should be either the night before or day before you trip.

The next thing you should do regardless of the restrictions in place where you are going is to get a Covid-19 test. You should get this done a couple of days before you travel. If you are flying, check with the airline you are using because they may have a specific test to take or a time frame to take it. If you are driving to your destination and stop for the night somewhere along the way, the hotel may request to see a copy of your test as well. Depending on where you are going and when you are returning, you may need to take another test before coming home.

If you are feeling sick, do not travel. Even if you do not have Covid-19 and are just under the weather, being sick can weaken your immune system and can make you more susceptible to getting Covid-19.

You should pick up some travel-sized packets of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or something equivalent. Hand sanitizer is good for cleaning your hands. The wipes are good for cleaning everything else (gas pump handles, opening doors, picking up stuff in stores, etc). When you are in your home town you may be relaxed about sanitizing things because you have a better feel for what is going on in your area. When you are traveling you can be in a higher risk area than you are aware of. Sanitizing will help reduce that risk.

As I mentioned above, hand sanitizer is good to have as well. Even if you wipe everything down with bleach wipes, hand sanitizer should be used to clean your hands before touching your face or eating. If you can actually wash your hands that would be best, but sometimes that isn’t an option.

Facemasks are a given. You want to wear them when you are traveling. Some of the thick cloth ones are double or triple layer thick but can be hard to breathe through. Thinner novelty masks that some stores carry for five dollars with sports teams, comics, or other images on them can be as thin as one layer of material and won’t protect you from the virus. Your best bet is either N95 masks (best options) or the paper surgical masks that are available. These will offer the best protection of the options out there.

You have heard over and over about social distancing. This is a must when you are around groups of people where you are not all part of the same party. When you are visiting friends and family and you can social distance you should do it. Try to stay away from large indoor gatherings as well.

Pick up some Airborne or other Vitamin-C products to take while on your trip. Vitamin-C has many benefits, especially when it comes to warding off a cold. It can also help build up your immune system and offer a little more protection from catching Covid-19. If it does nothing else other than keeping you from getting a cold, it will be worth it.

Pack individual portions of snacks for travel. Even when you do everything right (wash your hands, sanitize everything you touch) if you have a family-sized bag of potato chips and everyone is dipping their hands into it to get the next chip, there are that many more chances of Covid-19 being introduced to the food in that bag. Keep everything individual size and you won’t have to worry about that.

I know that some of these newsletters where I give tips for traveling are not as fun to read as the destination emails. Hopefully, someone will read this before they travel and say, “Oh yea, I didn’t think about that”. Next week’s email will be a fun one…I have a destination in mind already that would be fitting for this time of the year.