We are nearing the end of 2020, a time when people would be otherwise scramming with their last-minute travel preparations in the former normal, are now just waiting with hope for the pandemic to end. While a few people have already had the opportunity to escape for a bit, most of us are still edgy and paranoid about traveling, despite the opening of domestic travel. This, however, does not have to be the case. You can consider traveling if you must or even if it is only to get a breather from the current situation of being stuck at home. Here now, each individual needs to travel more responsibly.
Here are a few safety tips you can follow if you need to travel during and even post COVID-19.
- Packing the essentials: A hand sanitizer and face mask are now a part of the essentials packing list. Apart from that make it a habit to carry wet tissues/wipes too.
- Maintain social distancing: While at the airport, or other public transport stations, or in any public area, make sure to keep a distance of 6 feet between you and strangers.
- Avoid direct contact: For any transactions that need to be done, be it exchanging of money for goods or products, try and avoid it. Instead, resort to paying online via payment apps. Keep minimal direct contact with anyone you don’t know.
- Watch what you are touching: Be extra cautious before putting your hands on anything or any surface. As there is no way of knowing if an infected person has already come in contact with it.
- Window seat: If you are traveling by air, request a window seat. It is safer to be sitting as far as possible from the aisle.
- Sanitize your surroundings: Remember to always wipe and sanitize everything before using or touching them, whether you are about to take a seat or use a public restroom, or dining out.
- Carry your water: It is always wise to carry your bottle of water while traveling anywhere. Follow this step religiously now when you decide to travel if you weren’t already habituated to it.
- Web Check-ins: This function is one of the most useful things that airlines introduced not too long ago. If you were not taking advantage of this before, do it now when you travel to avoid coming in contact with airport personnel. Even hotels have added this feature to their websites.
- Remain clean: Make it a point to sanitize or wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face until your hands are cleaned.
- Be responsible: If you are unwell, avoid travel at all costs. Do not risk the lives of others along with your own.
At the end of the day, while we wait for a vaccine to be introduced, we are responsible for each other’s safety. Hence, instead of choosing not to travel at all, do it with a few mindful precautions by following the safety tips.