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Staying Safe while Traveling During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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. 

Sanitize surfaces

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. 

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David Scott
David co-founded LifeSecure in 2005, just a few months before Hurricane Katrina taught everyone that one can go hungry and thirsty in America and even die before help arrives. For over a decade David has focused on developing and discovering superior emergency and disaster survival solutions - kits and supplies. He has trained community groups in emergency preparedness, helped non-profit organizations prepare emergency kits for needy individuals, conducted community emergency response exercises, and developed emergency plans for non-profit organizations. David makes an ongoing study of how best to prepare for and respond to various natural and man-made disasters, and his mission has been to help others “live Life SECURE” every day by preparing for what may come someday.