With flying off the table for most vacation ideas due to the pandemic, many are opting for a good old-fashioned road trip. A road trip has many benefits and can be just as fun as traveling via plane to a faraway destination. You just need the right destination, a good plan and great company!
We’re sharing some helpful tips to stay safe on your next road trip vacation below.
Make a Plan
The pandemic is impacting a lot of the world around us, many businesses are open in limited capacity with additional health guidelines or not open at all. It’s important when planning your destination to take this into account. Research potential locations and attractions and make note of what their policies are and what you’ll need to do to keep your family safe. If you’re traveling to another state, be sure to read more about their specific guidelines. Certain counties or cities may contain different travel restrictions than yours.
If your road trip group contains more than your immediate family, get informed about instances of potential exposure and potentially ask attendees to quarantine prior to the trip date. Taking extra care in this step will make sure everyone is free from symptoms and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Though many businesses and hotels have put extra policies in place, be sure to pack extra supplies in case you want to sanitize areas for your use. You’ll want to do a general sanitation when you arrive at your lodging, just in case. This way you’ll be sound of mind, even with those additional cleaning policies in place. Here’s a list of things you may need to have on hand during your trip.
- Extra face masks
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfectant wipes
- Disposable gloves
- Plastic bags for waste when cleaning
Social Distance and Stop Less
One way to contain your exposure to individuals is to social distance and keep stops/store visits to a minimum. Creating a detailed plan regarding planned stops will help limit exposure.
When you’re in your car or lodging, you’re free to lose your mask and relax, but remember when you’re in public – pandemic rules go back into effect. That might mean waiting a little longer for a scenic viewpoint to clear out or skipping tight hiking trails that don’t provide enough space to social distance.
If you’re hitting the road for a fun, socially distanced road trip, (or already have!) be sure to leave a comment with your tips!