Planning a Vacation amidst a Pandemic: Here Is What You Need To Know
We all know that traveling has changed drastically. For many people, the simple idea of traveling is fraught, primarily because of movement restrictions. But many others love the appeal of getting away for new sights and experiences.
According to the New York Times, traveling during this pandemic requires planning, a lot of research, and the willingness to follow set guidelines. Do you still feel good about getting away?
First things first:
CDC guidelines have recently changed to give the nod to a smaller gathering between vaccinated people and those that are not. Therefore, many people who received their vaccinations are more enthusiastic about meeting friends and relatives. What would it be if you have to catch a plane or a long ride to get there? If you are already vaccinated and want to go on a trip, it is reasonable for you to do so. However, you should remember that you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after taking the second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna or 14 days after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Before then, you should only consider essential travels, such as visiting a doctor.
So, if you are planning a trip during this period, here are things to keep in mind:
Assess Risk Levels
It is essential to be cautious because of the ongoing risks of covid-19 infections. According to Dr. William Miller, it is possible for people who are vaccinated to be infected. Accordingly, they can transmit the virus to others. Evidence shows that the risk of transmitting the coronavirus after vaccination is low. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry, especially now that a more dangerous variant is with us.
To reduce the risks when traveling, consider the mode of transport and activities you want to engage in during your vacation.
Choose a Mode of Transport
The coronavirus spreads rapidly when you come into contact with many people who may be infected. This means that airports and other transport hubs may be red zones. In that case, a car ride would be the least dangerous way to travel because you are likely to encounter fewer people.
Accordingly, you can minimize the risks by putting on your mask the right way and avoiding crowded areas. Therefore, you need to plan your journey earlier enough.
Eat before you leave your house and pack what you may need to buy. Are you planning to travel with your pets? Well, we understand that you may be connected to your furry friends. If you consider having them on the trip, ensure you prepare for them as well. For instance, pack your dog or cat food. Consider finding the proper diet if your cat has a sensitive stomach to avoid rushing to stores while on vacation to get food or medicine.
Have your boarding pass and tickets printed before you go to the airport. Alternatively, you can have it on display on your phone. You may also want to bring carry-on luggage only to avoid spending time on the lines to check on your bags. Most importantly, carry a hand sanitizer and masks.
Set the Limit
This may not be the time for a big reunion. You may be tempted to meet as many friends and family members, but it is too soon for such gatherings. You will not want to put your life or that of a friend in danger just for a meet-up. It would be best if you limit get-togethers and take caution when you are around unvaccinated people.
It is recommended you stay outdoors, or if you have to stay indoors with people, ensure the house has a sound ventilation system.
If you are not vaccinated, it is best to travel with people you live with or those in your social bubble. This will reduce the risk of being infected. Sticking to smaller groups or camping with few friends you’ve always been with is reasonably safe.
It is essential to remember that you cannot rate your vacation as 100% safe or 100% unsafe. It all depends on how you plan for it and if you follow set travel guidelines. The choices you make will determine if you are safe or not. So whenever you are out, ensure you have your mask on, avoid large gatherings, and wash your hands as frequently as possible.
Think of What You Should Bring Along
According to experts, you should pack plenty of hand sanitizers and always have one within your reach. This will be helpful, as you will not have to look for soap and water to wash your hands while traveling.
You should also pack disinfectants to sanitize the surfaces that are touched frequently, such as steering wheels and handles. Additionally, you are advised to pack food and ensure your gas is oaky before leaving to avoid making stops to buy food and refuel.
Carrying enough masks is also recommended, especially if you want to spend time around the airport or rest stops. Masks should be worn in public.
You should also consider visiting restrooms and restaurants at off-times to avoid crowds. Accordingly, be sure to anticipate any travel restrictions while you are away to avoid being locked away from home.
Another essential tip is to bring enough medication for the whole vacation period. Call ahead before you visit a pharmacy to avoid unnecessary contact with people.
It is possible to mitigate COVID-19 risks while on vacation but cannot eliminate them entirely. Therefore, you should strive to travel while following health protocols.
The safest trips are when you strive to avoid crowds, wear a mask, and wash your hands as frequently as possible. If your vacation involves more books and solitude, then this is your time to shine.
One of the easiest ways to enhance your safety during this pandemic is to avoid close contact. Only travel if it is entirely necessary. Drive yourself if possible, and avoid stops. If you plan to fly, do it safely.