After almost three months of isolation and social distancing, restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have started to be gradually lifted, and one of the major questions that many of us have regards how traveling and tourism are affected this year.
If you’re anxious to go somewhere this summer and beyond, there are additional safety measures to take in order to lower your risk of getting sick. Since traveling by car is somewhat safer as you are exposed to fewer people you don’t know, driving trips are likely to gain greater attention in the next few months.
To make sure that you and the people you travel with are less exposed to the new coronavirus, it is best to stick to a few simple recommendations coming from experts.
Choosing your route
This year, many of us will have to choose a destination that involves less exposure and that is accessible, considering the various tourism-related restrictions each country will come up with. Before you get on the road, you will have to do a bit of research to learn more about the restrictions and travel and traffic advisories in the regions or states you’d like to visit.
Mapping out the roadways you intend to take and the states you want to pass through is thus compulsory if you want to avoid unpleasant situations. Check out the official websites of the authorities in your state or the states you want to visit. Depending on what you find out and the latest changes, you might need to adjust your initial plan depending on the ongoing restrictions.
What to pack
Besides the things you’d usually pack when going for a road trip, this year, greater attention should be paid to the sanitizing products you pack. Start by including essentials, such as bottled water, meds, food, and various other supplies, including pet supplies such as drops for flea if you intend to take your pet with you.
Then add a hygiene kit that includes hand sanitizers, disposable gloves and face masks, disinfecting wet wipes, as well as plastic bags that are sealable so that you can dispose of the gloves and masks you use safely and properly.
Washing your hands when on the road calls for additional vigilance since public bathrooms and roadside stops are involved. For example, when using a public restroom, it is recommended not to touch door handles, faucets, or various other items after you’ve washed your hands. Shielding your hands against such surfaces with a paper towel or tissue is a simple and easy safety step to take.
Using your card instead of cash to pay for gas or various other things you need to buy has become a norm in the last few months. Going on with this payment method is another easy thing to do in the following months in order to avoid direct contact with other people and lower your risk of getting sick. Follow the travel precautions coming from the World Health Organization and health experts to boost your safety.
All the hotels and restaurants that will be open for business will be required to operate according to the latest cleaning and safety changes. Social distancing will still be an important part of the way such businesses work.
Make sure that you book the room of interest and call ahead for confirmation. For additional safety, it is also recommended to use the sanitizing supplies you’ve packed on surfaces that are highly touched, such as door handles, the TV remote, and faucets once you’ve checked in.
As far as dining is regarded, many restaurants might only offer drive-through or takeout services. If restaurants offer sit-down meals, expect restrictions regarding the number of people allowed to sit at a table and other such changes.
Tourism has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the consequences won’t go away too soon. However, if you still want to travel, you can at least lower the risk of getting sick by taking the safety measures health organizations and experts recommend. Plus, stay up to date with the latest news regarding the new coronavirus and restriction changes to make informed and safe decisions.