2020 will be remembered as a year of transition. The spread of coronavirus has altered much of what we consider to be our “normal” way of life, including the way we travel. While there have always been unspoken “rules of conduct” shared by fellow travelers, in a post-pandemic world many of those rules could use a careful revision. A new world requires new social contracts which prioritize health, safety and personal space. Here are a few things to consider if you are planning to travel in the age of COVID-19.
Am I Healthy Enough To Travel?
Before getting on a plane, make sure your own health is in order. If you are feeling under the weather, consider pushing back your vacation until the ill feeling has subsided. If you want to be sure, you can always get tested. Knowing you are healthy will allow you to relax and enjoy your getaway.
Do Your Research
You may come across state, local and territorial travel restrictions depending on where you’re traveling to. Make sure to stay up-to-date with any local guidelines including curfews, testing requirements or quarantine requirements. For international travel, check the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information
web page to learn more about different countries’ requirements and restrictions for tourists.
What Should I Pack?
Are you that person who always manages to forget a crucial item when packing for a trip? Well, your packing list just got a bit longer. The CDC website recommends packing a mask to wear in public places, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, any medications you may be taking, and even your own food and water in case other options aren’t available.
During Your Vacay
The key word here is social distancing. Make sure to keep a safe distance, especially if you notice people that may be showing symptoms of the virus. Always wash your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitizer frequently. Wear a mask in public places and always avoid touching your face.