Now that we know road trips are the best option for travel right now, it’s important to know what to remember, what to consider, what to pack, what to do on the road and what do to once you’re there.
What to remember
We are still in the midst of a global pandemic that is not going away. Although time has passed, the virus has not and we need to remember that anytime we leave our homes and make a choice to travel, we are increasing our risks.
I’m a firm believer of learning to live in this new normal in the safest ways possible while keeping in mind that we have a responsibility as humans to understand the risks and how it might affect ourselves and others.
So with that said, please remember that your responsibility as a human living through this pandemic is to take all the necessary precautions associated with traveling, regardless of how close or far the destination is. This includes wearing your mask EVERYWHERE, washing your hands, keeping 6 feet distance from everyone around you and being conscious of your environment.
What to consider
Whether you are looking to take a road trip in-state or a few states away, you should do your research about the area you’re visiting and what the conditions are like. Every state has it’s own guidelines, suggestions, restrictions, etc. and you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a bad situation because you didn’t realize places were closed or the destination didn’t want tourists visiting.
Mapping out your entire trip from who you would come into contact with, what public places you’d go to, what house rental or hotel you would stay at, can all affect the way you stay safe during your trip. The goal is to limit social contact with others and to avoid large crowds at all costs.
Here are a few questions to look into when planning your trip:
- What are the cases like in the destination you’re visiting?
- What is the destination you’re visiting known for?
- Are the restaurants and bars serving inside and/or outside?
- What are the renters and hotels doing on their end to keep properties clean and safe?
- What will you plan to do when you’re there?
- Are you visiting during peak season or off season?
What to pack
Well since you’re driving, go crazy! The best part about road trips is being able to bring more with you. I always suggest to bring a pack of waters and snacks for the car, in general, because you can never go wrong with that.
Here’s a helpful checklist of what to pack for your road trip and vacation to stay safe:
- Face masks
- Hand sanitizer
- Antibacterial wipes
- Sun glasses
What to do on the road
Taking a road trip exposes you to many different environments, espeically if you’re anything like me and have to pee often! So when you do make a stop, make sure to use antibacterial wipes to open doors and touch surfaces because you just have no idea who’s been around or how often the surfaces are actually cleaned, especially if you stop at a gas station.
I suggest making as little stops as possible, but if necessary, just take extra precaution and remember to wash your hands thoroughly, especially if you stopped for some food.
What to do WHEN you’re there
Please keep in mind that even though you’re on vacation, the virus is not. Keep your distance from people, wear your mask when talking to others, when checking in to your hotel, when going to a restaurant and when walking in a public place.
If you go to the beach, the park, out to dinner or to a shop and you feel unsafe because of how many people are around, then just leave and go somewhere else. It’s not worth the risk.
Some may say that this is fear and paranoia, but the truth is that this has nothing to do with fear, and everything to do with protecting yourself and others. Be smart and wear your damn mask.
Happy travels xx