How to Travel Safely

Summer is just around the corner, and with warmer weather comes more opportunities for outdoor activities and vacations. Families all over are looking forward to visiting destinations across the country, if only to get out of the house after such a long, quarantine-filled year.  

Remote meetings, Zoom calls, and distancing has made us all ready for a little change of scenery; and with a full year of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) experience in the books, we have some great suggestions for planning your next safe vacation. Of course, there are always CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines and recommendations to take into consideration and we’ll walk you through those, as well.  

First, and most importantly, you’ll want to choose a location to visit. Consider choosing a vacation destination with a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities or options in open spaces with ample ventilation. You’ll also want to consider the mode of transportation you will need to take in order to get to that location. Short road trips with members of your household who are fully vaccinated is the safest option. You can pack larger disinfectant solutions on short road trips like Bioesque's Botanical Disinfectant to ensure any surface you come into contact with is properly cleaned.

If you must travel by plane, choose the flight with the least amount of stops/layovers. Security lines and airport terminals can bring you into close contact with other travelers, so consider having a small bottle of sanitizer and extra face masks in your carry-on bag. Many airports also utilize touchless dispensers which can be a great opportunity to sanitize your hands, especially at the entrances and exits of the airports. You should avoid trains, buses, cruise ships, and river boats during your vacation.

The next thing you’ll want to consider is where you will be lodging. Hotels or multi-unit guest lodgings with common areas are a less safe option than staying in a house or cabin with your fully vaccinated family or friends, so if you are planning on staying at a hotel, choose one that utilizes disinfecting procedures to clean their rooms. Look for hotels that utilize touchless hand sanitizer stations on dispenser stands at the entrance and exit points, common bathroom facilities, coffee preparation and snack areas, elevators, and staircases. You’ll also want to choose a hotel that requires their staff to wear medical-grade gloves when tidying up rooms as well as clean stay stickers that ensure your room has not been entered by anyone since it was cleaned. You can check the COVID-19 prevention practices at hotels before you go by visiting their website or by giving them a call.

Avoid sharing smaller spaces and bathroom facilities with many people. Make sure everyone you are traveling with has access to hand sanitizing wipes and/or disinfecting wipes, as well as plenty of hand sanitizer.

Regardless of the circumstances around your travel plans, we want to help you make it safe and enjoyable for everyone. Coronavirus will not be around forever (thankfully!), but good sanitization practices will!