Summer is fast approaching (Monday is Memorial Day, if you can believe that’s already here!!) , and with it , the call of vacation and traveling. Plus, many places around the country are starting to slowly open up, meaning some people are going back to work, postponed visits may be happening, and travel plans are resurfacing.
I don’t know where everyone is, or what their risk situation looks like…but regardless, it’s true that slowly but surely travel of some sorts will start to pick back up.
Maybe it’s a work trip you can’t get out of, or a visit to see family. Or in my case, having to head to Texas for wedding planning meetings. Whatever the reason, it’s important to be mindful and take the proper precautions to ensure yours and others’ safety while traveling.
It surely won’t be the same, so the first thing to do is adjust your expectations. Increased security and safety measures in airports, train stations and on planes, buses, etc. will probably make things less comfortable and convenient for a while.
But there are resources for you, and things you can do to make sure you’re taking the most care of yourself, and making the likely unpleasant process at smooth as possible.
I’m sharing 8 top tips I’ve gathered from the CDC and other experts, to help you travel mindfully right now.
1. Plan ahead and do your research.
First and foremost… evaluate the risks of the trip you are taking, the current risks and restrictions at your destination… and review the CDC’s travel guide
If you are staying at a hotel, call and ask them what measures they are taking to ensure guest safety… if you’re planning to fly, check out the airline’s websites for updated safety measures and policies ahead of your trip. It’s important to know exactly what your risks are if you do have to travel, and what options are available to you to stay comfortable and safe.
2. Wear a mask, but…
The CDC recommends we all wear face coverings in public as a way to protect ourselves and others… but it also stresses that the most important safety measure is social distancing and staying at least 6 feet away from people when possible.
3. Stay mindful of your hands!
Wash them as often as possible while you’re traveling… and avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth even more so than usual!
4. If you’re planning to fly or drive… make sure to pack your essentials
That includes Disinfectant Wipes and Hand Sanitizer for obvious reasons. It’s in high demand right now, so if you have your own, it’s best not to assume it’ll be available to you while you’re traveling.
Furthermore, many airlines are curbing or halting altogether the food and beverage service on flights right now. So if you want some water (which you should because you need to hydrate on planes!) or something to munch on for those hours your in the sky…you’ll have to come prepared.
If you’re road tripping, this is also important because so many businesses are still closed or operating differently… so might not be able to stop as often as you would have planned.
5. And once you get to your destination, shower and toss your clothes into the laundry right away.
It’s probably likely that you weren’t able to avoid coming into contact with anything and anyone on your journey. So first thing when you arrive, shower off the germs and get into clean clothes. Added bonus, you’ll feel fantastic and fresh for whatever you have planned.
6. Wipe down your hotel room as soon as you get there.
Yes the room will probably have been cleaned but it’s better not to take chances. Make sure you have EPA approved disinfectant with you and wipe down all the common surfaces, like doorknobs, faucets, handles, etc. If there are dishes in the room, wash them before using.
7. Opt for room service over any communal dining areas.
It’s all about minimizing risk, so why not just avoid dining room areas and the breakfast buffet. If you don’t want to spend the extra money… see tip #4.
8. At the end of the day, remember that airlines and hotels are working hard to keep you safe as well, with new safety measures in place.
You can read more about that HERE and also HERE.
Now, that’s not to say you shouldn’t take all the measures you can to be safe and mindful. But it is to say that you shouldn’t be panicked… and you SHOULD give a big thank you to airline and hotel workers who are at your service.