Road trips are a great way to escape the daily grind while recharging your mind and spirit. Enjoy the getaway you deserve while keeping your friends and family healthy with these simple strategies to road trip safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Go with a Vehicle
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each type of transportation has its own health risks, depending on how many people you’re traveling with and how many strangers and places you’re exposed to during the trip. But traveling by car is one of the safer options to pick compared with higher exposure options like bus or plane travel.
Pick a Smart Destination
If traveling within the U.S., check which states have the lowest risk for spreading the virus based on current statistics. The CDC’s website keeps an updated map of which states are considered pandemic “hotspots,” to help you plan your trip.
When packing your luggage, make sure to bring along plenty of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes (if they’re available), and face masks. Make sure that you and other passengers wear masks whenever you make a pit stop for fuel or to use the restroom, and maintain a 6-foot distance from other people you encounter. Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently during the journey. Also remember to wipe down the gas pump surfaces before pumping gas.
Food and Accommodations
It’s a good idea to pack your own drinks and food, to minimize the stops you’ll make along the way. For longer trips, it might be impossible to pack every meal you and your loved ones will eat. Opt for take-out instead of dine-in at restaurants. Another strategy is to choose a hotel or rental with a fridge and kitchen area so you can prepare home-cooked food.
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