With the situation in the world today, flying to a dream destination for a vacation might not be the best idea. This means that the majority of us will opt for the all-American road trip. For this reason, it’s essential to protect ourselves with safety measures and to take the necessary precautions in terms of the Covid-19 virus. Read below on tips for safe road trips during Covid-19.
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Tips for Safe Road Trips During COVID-19
I never thought I’d be writing about this subject, but as I prepare for my road trip next week to Jefferson, TX, I’ve had to do some significant planning, more so than I usually do. You nor I want to get to our destination only to find nothing is opened that we want to do. So, plan more so than usual.
Plan Activities in Advance During COVID-19
Most of the places in the US are back in business, but this doesn’t mean every aspect of the business is opened. For instance, a winery may be opened, but wine tasting may not be offered at this time. That’s why planning is of utmost importance. Make yourself aware of the dates and times that places you want to go to are operating. During Covid-19, they may close early, or the specific activity you want to do may not be offered, or not be opened at all.
Pack Protect & Sanitize Items for Safe Road Trips During COVID-19
It’s crucial now more than ever to pack face masks, disposable gloves, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, sanitizing spray, and thermometer. Practice frequent hand-washing habits at all times. Avoid having to go into gas stations by packing drinks and snacks for the road. Keep all these items reachable in a car organizer for road trips, that way you know where they are and
Prepare an Emergency Kit to Keep in Vehicle
Having an emergency kit in your vehicle can be the difference between enjoying your road trip and ending up in the emergency room. Your emergency kit should include duct tape, first-aid kit, car charger, blanket, snacks, paper towels, rags, drinking water, road reflectors and flares, snow brush and ice scraper, tarp, traction aid, shovel, jumper cables, raincoat, and saw. Of course, not all of these items will apply to you, but it gives you a realistic idea of what you may need. It’s up to you to decide what to take and what not to.
Use Common Sense at Gas Stations & Rest Areas
If you need to use the bathroom at a gas station or at a rest stop, avoid touching things, and wear a mask when you enter. It’s best to wear a pair of disposable gloves, and when you’re done, throw away the gloves and use hand sanitizer. If you buy something, instead of handing the money to the cashier, put the money on the counter instead. If you’re pumping gas, also wear gloves. Gloves are an essential barrier as the number of pads, gas pumps, and hundreds of people touch screens daily. When pressing buttons, use your knuckle instead of your finger and make use of hand sanitizer after that. These tips for safe road trips are pretty much common sense, but worth writing and talking about. You’re better off bringing along your own road trip snacks than buying any at these type places.
Sanitize Your Space
When staying in accommodations, like a hotel, or an Airbnb make sure to disinfect your room. Don’t expect that they did it. Though it should already be done, sanitize again for your sanity. Also, wipe down your eating areas whether that’s an outdoor table, park bench, or a table inside a restaurant by using disinfectant wipes, and use hand sanitizer before you eat.
So, it might be tempting to just pack up and hit the road, but remember to follow these tips for safe road trips and do your homework before you go. It’s too risky to head out unprepared and without a plan during Covid-19 outbreak.