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Safety Tips for Everyone Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak, our daily lives have been affected and left us in a distressing state. Travel has also changed in the last months. the pandemic limited all traveling activities and we are requested to practice extreme caution and go under quarantine for our safety.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak, our daily lives have been affected and left us in a distressing state. Travel has also changed in the last months. the pandemic limited all traveling activities and we are requested to practice extreme caution and go under quarantine for our safety. Of course, many are saddened by the situation especially those who really love traveling and those who already planned and prepared their traveling schedules and destinations. We cannot do anything but to follow the safety protocol to keep ourselves and our families safe from the virus.

Now that some establishments, businesses, and public areas are reopening and traveling is starting to make a comeback, many people start to schedule their travel whether to go home to their families, visit their loved ones, or have some relaxation somewhere peaceful and beautiful. Yes, airlines reassured the travelers about cleanliness and sanitation in their facilities but the virus still around and there is still no vaccine to protect ourselves from it, so it is advised to continue following the safety precautions.

So if you are planning to travel on any scale for the right reasons, follow these tips to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Get yourself tested for the virus.

The very first thing you should do before traveling is to get yourself tested for COVID-19 to make sure you are not a carrier of the virus. You surely do not want to spread the virus to other people in case you are infected. A person with mild signs of illness but without a document showing that he or she is not infected is not allowed to travel. So take time to complete all the important paperwork to have a smooth traveling experience.

Make a packing list and bring all the necessary things.

Make sure you put all essentials in your traveling bags such as alcohol, wipes, hand sanitizers, extra face masks, and thermometer, and do not forget to wear a pair of gloves and a face mask. Wearing a face mask (surgical or cloth) is a must! If there are no gloves available, be sure to wash your hands often or at least use your sanitizer.

Keeping distance is a must.

You are not being rude, just being safe. Maintaining a distance of six feet or two meters from other people is very important to prevent getting contact with anyone who is sick.

Keep your hands from touching surfaces.

You do not want to be touching elevator buttons, handrails, and kiosks for these are frequently touch surfaces that contain germs, bacteria, and even viruses. Use hand sanitizer if you need to touch these surfaces or wash your hands properly with soap and water if available.

Follow the basic safety measures.

We all know that it is touching your eyes, mouth, and the nose is a big no-no especially when you are in a public place. Also, keep in mind to cover your coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after coughing, sneezing, or touching surfaces. If soap and water are not available in the place where you are, use a hand sanitizer instead that contains 70% alcohol.

Do not forget to check the local requirements and restrictions.

Some local governments have their own requirements and restrictions for travel such as wearing masks, requesting those who recently traveled to stay home for at least 14 days, and other safety precautions. It is advised to check these in advance to save yourself from delays and unpleasant surprises. Check the website or Facebook page of your local health department to see the important details that you need for traveling.

Check the website of airports and airlines to see their safety protocols.

Most people are aware that some viruses do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates on airplanes, it still recommended to be extra careful because airports and airplanes are crowded places. Aside from practicing basic safety measures such as keeping distance, wearing a face mask, and frequently washing your hands, it is advised to check the airline's guidance in protecting their passengers.

Staying home during the pandemic is still the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19. But it still okay to travel as long as it is necessary and you will be practicing the safety measures. Just keep in mind that traveling can increase your chance of catching and spreading the virus so be extra careful. It is better to talk to your doctor prior to your travel to find out if there are any additional precautions that you need to take.