How to Safely Travel in 2020
By Ethan Benge
For many people, travel plans have taken a backseat this year, however, things are starting to change. The most important thing to remember is that safety is always the number one priority when you travel, and these current times are no exception. That is why we have put together this simple guide to help you safely travel in 2020.
Let’s get started!
Traveling During the Pandemic
We cannot talk about travel in 2020 without addressing the giant pandemic in the room. It is true, you do need to change your travel routine in the midst of everything.
With that being said, the new measures could make you lax on some of your normal safety measures...We don’t want that to happen. So, we are going to go over the new measures first to get you familiar with safe travel in 2020, and then we will get back to basics!
Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet
Wear cloth face coverings (Masks)
Wash your hands frequently or use a sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol
Cover all coughs and sneezes
Avoid touching your eyes, face, nose, etc.
These tips are pretty standard practice as of late, but it is something that you need to think of in regard to travel. These standard safety measures can be difficult to maintain during travel situations, so always do your best to avoid crowds if at all possible.
Viruses don’t easily spread on airplanes due to the nature of filtration and air circulation in the cabin. With that being said, social distancing can be difficult on a flight. Many major airlines are now requiring that all crew and passengers wear face coverings.
Consider bringing multiple masks with you on your travel. Doing so will ensure that you always have on hand and that you are not stuck with a dirty mask. Also, keep a small hand sanitizer attached to a carry-on for quick access.
Travel by car poses its own set of unique challenges. Pack sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, and gloves for your trip. These items can be used to sanitize gas handles when you stop for fuel.
If stopping for food along your route choose options with drive-thru windows or curbside delivery methods. When you arrive at your destination be sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
Depending on where you are traveling to and from there may be strict quarantine measures upon your arrival. Local health and state departments in the city you are traveling to are the best resources to use for information. Be sure to check if local areas like parks, restaurants, and stores are open in the area that you are traveling to.
Key Safety Tips
With the safety measures regarding Coronavirus being so important, it can be easy to overlook standard travel safety. If you are finally getting your chance to relax and have a luxury vacation the last thing that you want is to deal with a stolen wallet or lost luggage.
Let’s take a look at some key points to keep you safe no matter when you travel.
Research Your Destination - Before you arrive read up on the area. Check for things like crime rate and know the neighborhoods you should avoid.
Update Friends and Family - Send your itinerary to a trusted friend or family member and stay in contact with them during your trip. If anything should go wrong they will have the information to help you.
Bring What You Need - Bring what you need and lock the rest away. Criminals are very opportunistic. If they see you fumbling around with excessive amounts of cash they will target you. Keep things like your passport and valuables locked away.
Don’t Stand Out - Do your best to blend in with your surroundings. You look vulnerable to thieves if it looks like you are from out of town. Try to lay low and just enjoy the area without drawing unnecessary attention to yourself or your group.
These helpful tips will keep you from being targeted on your trip. Always keep a close eye on your belongings and never leave your bags unattended.
Safely Travel in 2020
With this helpful guide, you should be well on your way to safely travel in 2020. The added precautions due to Coronavirus might seem a little tricky at first but in the end, they will keep you safe and healthy.