As states across the United States are still reporting increasing cases and new outbreaks of COVID-19, travel isn’t advisable at this time. However, there are a number of life events that truly may necessitate travel. Airports, bus stations, and other transportation hubs serve as a risk for travelers, but there are a number of options to protect yourself as you travel from point A to point B. The CDC has released a set of travel guidelines for the United States at this time, and we have also assembled some of our best practices for staying safe en route.
Wash your hands
This advice will always come first. Whenever possible, wash your hands. We touch our face more often than we realize, and this will minimize picking up any germs from your phone, steering wheel, public restrooms, gas pumps, or other surfaces.
Washing your hands is the best way to protect yourself and others. Antibacterial soap is widely available and cheap. We recommend using it. When it’s not possible to wash your hands, hand sanitizer is an excellent item to have on hand.
You should still remain understandably concerned about using the doorknob at the airport, consider bringing along some sanitizing wipes to protect your skin from germs and bacteria. We recommend these Sanizide Pro 1 On-The-GO Wipes, which are proven to kill COVID-19 within a minute.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, and these wipes can be used to protect your hands from shared surfaces like gas pumps, door handles, or food containers.
If possible, travel by car
Our readers often ask what the best way to travel is and how to avoid contact with germs on longer journeys. We recommend traveling by car. One of our bestsellers this summer has been the Store-A-Potty 72-Hour Emergency Toilet Kit & Storage Bucket as families need a place to use the restroom along the road that doesn’t involve coming into contact with others at gas stations or busy public restrooms along the route.
It truly could be the difference between coming in contact with others on the journey or staying safely distant from outside germs.
Remain socially distanced from others
Since the beginning of the pandemic, staying six feet away from other people has been the best way to minimize risk. If you’re traveling by plane, we of course recommend wearing a mask, but above all else, we recommend staying distant from people who are not in your household.
Travel with members of your household
If you must travel with another person, try to choose a close family member or friend who you already live with. It’s important for your mental health to maintain connections with others. We’ve assembled a number of kits to make safety an option as a family or alone. We recommend this Family & Personal Pandemic Infection Protection Kit, which provides enough PPE for a group of eight.