It is crucial to learn how to prepare for a trip while the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing to stay safe and healthy.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many restrictions on ordinary everyday life. One of those significant restrictions is the ban on traveling.

Thankfully, the lockdown is over, and travel restrictions are slowly being lifted. One might wonder if it’s safe to venture out of your city limits and travel to visit your loved ones, but it requires a lot of precautionary measures.

The disease is still as real as ever, and even traveling is risky, but if you need to take a trip, there are some essential things you need to do to stay safe.

1) Be sure you are fit to travel

Before taking any trip this period, be sure you are healthy for travel. Get a medical check-up to be entirely sure that you are fit to embark on a journey. By doing this, you are protecting yourself and others as well.

2) Plan the trip ahead

A pandemic is not a good time to go on spontaneous trips, ensure that you book your bus, flight, train tickets early enough. This applies especially to those who may want to travel to see a loved one. Your loved ones will need time to prepare for your coming after an extended lockdown. Planning also gives you time to make all you need for your trip.

3) Carefully choose your mode of transport

Looking at the risks of droplet and surface transmission of COVID-19, driving, or renting a private vehicle to travel might be the best option for a distance of a few hours. You could disinfect the car and check to ensure the driver and passengers do not have the virus. Taking the train and flying are better options for very long distances, but the risk of exposure is also high, especially if social distancing and hygiene norms are not followed. If you have to use a bathroom on your way, carry toilet seat disinfectants (and spray it everything you need to touch), toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.

4) Ensure you have your safety gear

To be able to have a safe trip, this period requires extra caution. Be sure to carry your face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer you will need for the duration of your journey and stay in the place you want to visit. While traveling, it is advisable to wear clothing that covers you up like long sleeves and a jacket.

5) Limit your movements

The fact that you can go ahead and travel doesn’t mean you should go about life as usual once you get to your destination. It will be safe to minimize your movements, maintain social distancing, and follow respiratorily and hand hygiene norms consistently. Finally, if the journey doesn’t go as planned, be prepared to isolate once you arrive at your destination for up to two weeks.

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