The holidays are quickly approaching and this holiday season is shaping up to be different than any most of us have ever experienced. The Covid-19 pandemic is still upon us and as a result, people are being encouraged to socially distance and avoid large groups. This is a stark difference from most holidays, which are full of large gatherings and close contact.
Even something as simple and common as traveling during the holidays requires a little more care and concern than before. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re traveling safely this holiday season; this article is going to cover a few of them.
Rent a Car Carefully
While you might think that flying on a plane during this pandemic would be incredibly dangerous, this isn’t actually the case. Planes normally have great ventilation and flying is often seen as safer than grocery shopping or eating in a restaurant during the pandemic.
However, once you land, you will still need a way to get around. While a taxi, bus or train are decent, they come with elevated risks, and can be expensive. Instead, consider renting a car. Having your own vehicle to get around in can lower your risk, and many rentals are quite affordable.
Unfortunately, not all rental car companies are up to par when it comes to cleaning the vehicles between customers, so you need to be careful. Be sure to look through the offer options that are available in your destination and make sure to find the right vehicle for your needs, and ensure the company takes cleaning and disinfecting seriously.
Have an Emergency Kit With You
Another great thing to remember when traveling this holiday season is to always have an emergency kit with you. It should include extra masks, hand sanitizer, alcoholic wipes for surfaces and other items to ensure you keep your risk low. Traveling often puts you in relatively close contact with others and new places, so you want to protect yourself as best as possible.
In addition to items to keep yourself and the surfaces around you clean, there are other items that a travel emergency kit should have. This can include bandages, gauze, matches, portable battery charger, ointment and other things to treat potential injuries or other emergency situations you might find yourself in on the road.
Create a Plan in Advance
Planning is always important when it comes to travel, but never more so than this year. You want to ensure you travel in the safest way possible. You should plan everything out to ensure you can avoid close contact with others as much as possible. This could be anything from choosing a flight that leaves when the airport is less busy, or choosing to travel to a destination that has handled the pandemic relatively well.
This planning can take some time, but can do wonders for keeping you safe if you must travel during the holidays. Also, make sure you speak with your family or friends that you are traveling to visit. Make sure the event you plan on attending will take into account the government guidelines. Everyone should be doing their part to make it safe.
While having a plan is important, you also need to be flexible. Things can change on a dime in the current state of the world. So try to leave a little wiggle room in your plans for the unexpected.
In conclusion, we hope this article and the tips included have been able to help you make sure you are traveling safely this holiday season. Whether you plan on simply going across the city, or traveling to a different state, you need to do it carefully.