Are you planning a road trip during COVID? Maybe you’re considering visiting family for the holidays or want to get away to a secluded location to enjoy some time with your family. Either way, let’s talk about a few ways to take a road trip safely during COVID.
Keep hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes handy
You may need to stop for gas or bathroom breaks. You can wear gloves, use a disinfectant wipe to wipe off the gas handle, or even wipe your hands after touching the gas pump.
If you go inside the store or restaurant, keep hand sanitizer handy to use when you exit the building. Remember, you’ve touched the door and no telling who touched it before you.
Limit the number of stops
When you stop for gas, take that opportunity for everyone to use the bathroom and grab snacks. By limiting the number of stops, you’re limiting yourself to exposure.
And wear a mask while inside the store.
It’s important to take bathroom breaks when available. Some of the regular businesses you may be used to stopping at are not open for seating, they are drive-thru only.
Pack extra snacks
You can help limit the number of stops by packing extra snacks. It seems that the kids want to snack all day when on a road trip and during virtual school. What’s up with that? lol
Use your credit card instead of cash
Use plastic instead of cash. You can pay at the pump and eliminate going inside to make payment. Using your credit card will help cut down on face to face interaction and exposure. Even if you go inside for snacks, pay with your card. No contact, and you can easily wipe the card down with a disinfecting wipe.
Know your route’s COVID cases and regulations
It’s essential to know each state’s COVID cases and any COVID regulations. Are you traveling to a state requiring a 14-day quarantine upon arrival? It’s important to know.
If your trip requires you to book a hotel room, confirm your registration ahead of time. Take your sanitizing products. Yep! There’s nothing wrong with wiping your room down. Safety first.
Practice Social Distancing
We all love seeing family and friends we haven’t seen for a while. People want to visit you while you’re in town or may want you to come over to visit with them. As great as it is, these uncertain times aren’t ideal to have extra people over visiting.
Stay home for a few days
Plan your trip to include a couple of days to stay home upon your return. You may even take a COVID test to be on the safe side. You want to keep yourself healthy and those you will encounter when you return to work and your regular daily activities.
Wear a mask
Keep extra masks in the car during your road trip. Wear your mask when you’re not in your vehicle. Social distance. Stay healthy.